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Thursday, September 11, 2008

You Can Put Lipstick on a Wheelchair…

posted by on September 11 at 16:20 PM

Joe Biden tells Missouri State Senator Chuck Graham to “Stand up so everyone can see you!”

Senator Graham is confined to a wheelchair—pretty good recovery, though.

Thanks to Slog tipper Justin.

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But he achieved anyway!

Posted by jackie treehorn | September 11, 2008 4:32 PM

I love Joe Biden. Love. Him.

Posted by Balt-O-Matt | September 11, 2008 4:35 PM

This reminds me of that press conference from a couple of years ago when Bush kept insisting that a blind reporter take his sunglasses off. The difference is that Biden's recovery was smart and graceful, while Bush just acted like a stubborn idiot for about ten minutes.

Posted by Jerod | September 11, 2008 4:35 PM

I don't see how anyone, aside from Michelle Malkin or Seanh Hannity, could call this a gaffe. The was a beautiful, honorable recovery from a simple mistake.

Posted by spencer | September 11, 2008 5:00 PM


Also, @ 1: did he lose his legs to some china-man in KO-rea?

Posted by Mike in MO | September 11, 2008 5:01 PM

"Everybody stand up for the senator! Let's all demonstrate how easy it is to do what this man finds impossible."

Posted by Justin | September 11, 2008 5:44 PM

Biden's rebound on that one was smooth. I'm impressed.

Posted by Still standing | September 11, 2008 7:44 PM

Awesome. How tremendous would it be to have him instead of Darth Cheney and the Obamas in charge. Wow.

Posted by kk | September 11, 2008 9:35 PM

I love him. He's like the cute uncle that is pretty much embarassing.

Posted by Papayas | September 11, 2008 10:21 PM

In a similar situation, what would John McCain do? He would call in Sarah, the VP of health affairs to lay on hands and heal. The Assemblies of God Fundamental Truth #12:

Divine healing is an integral part of the gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the atonement, and is the privilege of all believers. (Isa. 53:4,5; Matt. 8:16,17; James 5:14-16)

Posted by W W J D ? | September 11, 2008 11:08 PM

"you can tell I'm new"... that's class.Nice recovery.

The 'race' must be terrifying for all involved, esp. the people with good intentions...

Posted by Vlad | September 11, 2008 11:14 PM

Beautiful. Justin @6 is kind of right though.

Posted by Mr Fuzzy | September 12, 2008 6:50 AM

You can put lipstick on Miss Piggy, and she's still Miss Piggy.

Posted by Cookie W. Monster | September 12, 2008 8:50 AM

#6 & #12 - You're reading just a little to far into it. It's pretty standard for people to rise in recognition of somebody. Royalty, Magistrates and brides on their damned wedding day. Besides, standing to recognize somebody is generally considered more deferential than standing to be recognized, Biden (whether or not he realized it) took it up a notch on the respect scale instead of down, and *gasp* Admitted to an Error!

Posted by McStudent | September 12, 2008 8:52 AM

@5: Chinaman is not the preferred nomenclature. Asian-American, please.

Posted by T | September 12, 2008 10:55 AM

This isn't a guy who built the railroads here.

Posted by Greg | September 12, 2008 3:27 PM

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