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Manners are an integral part of growing up, fitting in, and getting invited over for dinner by your future in-laws in the heartland. We are talking about folks who can still set a formal table and say “yes ma’am/yes sir” routinely. Being polite and showing respect is basically a reflex – much like breathing – in the breadbasket of deplorables. Democrats, Republicans, independents, and even the Green Party people residing in flyover states tip their hats, open doors, and check in on the elderly. And that’s why the local chatter was focused this week on the top critter in the Swamp. President Joe Biden had a bang-up week of irritating red-staters.
Scranton Joe was in Pennsylvania on Wednesday, visiting a Mack Truck facility in an attempt to be just one of the guys. Before a rapt audience of truckers, mechanics, and Mack staffers, he rolled up his sleeves and beseeched the truckers to believe him because, well, he was a brother. As Biden put it: “I used to drive an 18-wheeler, man.”
There was a moment of silence for at least 30 seconds as pundits, opponents, and the White House struggled to prove this statement false or true. Then, finally, the awkward pause was broken by everyone at once. RNC Research Director Zach Parkinson tweeted: “The extent of Biden’s trucking experience is that he **rode in** a truck once, for one night in 1973.” That did occur, and Biden was a passenger who flew home once the Associated Press ran the story.
A spokesperson was quick to point out Biden once drove a school bus as a summer job, although no one seems to know if it was the short one or the long one.
Of course, good old Joe – the man’s man, not the slick politician – made a funny, saying: “I just came to drive a truck. And I’m not sure which one I want to drive. That one? There’s one back in the corner you can’t see. It’s the biggest damn pick-up truck you ever saw in your life.” A pick-up truck isn’t quite like driving an eighteen-wheeler, but maybe Joe has a secret CDL (Commercial Driver’s License). Commenters on Facebook pointed out a couple alternatives. Maybe he remembered his Tonka Truck days – or perhaps he just made up a fat lie on the fly.
Craig Bucher of Doylestown, OH, explained: “Joe is an actor and will portray himself in any realm that he needs at that time and place. Gearjammin Joe!” Lana Byrd, in Decatur, AL, was worried for the president’s eternal soul: “He, Harris, and Pelosi are a complete embarrassment to this country — but when you throw God out of everything, what else would you expect?”
A Busy Week for the Leader of the Free World
With all the pressure of being president of the United States, is it any wonder Mr. Biden loses his temper now and again? During a recent press briefing, Mr. Biden told White House reporter Kelly O’Donnell she is a “pain in the neck” following a question he dodged by insulting the woman just doing her job. In another round, after receiving a question he obviously did not enjoy, he asked, “what the hell do you do all day?” while advancing on her with a wagging finger. Some folks like Brad Morris of Morristown, TN, wondered what kind of sentence follows the conviction of breaking a wagging finger – but most were outraged no one has removed the man from office by the 25th Amendment. Lee Pierce headed in that direction, with “When he gets flustered, he gets nasty. Senile old goat.”
Others just laid it out plainly and politely by referencing how the man himself makes them feel, like southern gal Silvia Hernandez, who said: “The clueless guy is so much more than a pain in the neck. Go further south than the neck to locate the pain.”
Ah, c’mon, man.
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