The Joe Biden Gaffe Files: Pandora's Box Edition

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on May 23, 2009

Joe BidenEvery time the Vice President opens his mouth, hilarity ensues:

. . . It seems that all a reporter has to do to find out about the pickle Barack Obama’s is really in over his promise to close the Guantanamo Bay prison is to ask the veep, who was talking to the press at Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo on the final day of his trip to the Balkans.

So will Obama fulfill his vow – announced amid great fanfare in an executive order on day two of his presidency – to close the facility by January 2010? “I think so,” Biden responded, according to Newsweek’s Holly Bailey.

So perhaps he will. Or perhaps not. We’ll see.

Biden continued: “But, look, what the president said is that this is going to be hard. It’s like opening Pandora’s Box. We don’t know what’s inside the box.”

He also said that “to the best of my knowledge” the number of prisoners “who are a real danger who are not able to returned or tried” has “not been established” by the Obama administration.

So he basically just confirmed his predecessor Dick Cheney’s analysis that the decision was taken “with little deliberation, and no plan”.

Not to worry, however. Perhaps the Vice President was never the person who was supposed to be consulted on these matters:

Of course, the vice-president might have it all wrong. He prefaced his remarks by stating that he was “out of the loop”.

All of this would explain the Wanda Sykes joke quoted at the very beginning of the article. If Joe Biden didn’t exist, we would have to invent him.

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