“I’m called middle-class Joe. It’s not meant as a compliment. It means I’m not sophisticated.” A quote often used by the presidential candidate and former vice president, Joe Biden. It’s a bunch of horse hockey, of course, and easily disproved with a simple review of the man’s rise to wealth: He has raked in $15.6 million in the scant two years since his departure of Number One Observatory Circle.
Biden works his down home and folksy appeal with middle Americans, assuring them, “But I know what made this country what it is, ordinary people doing extraordinary things.” He is correct – but he is not necessarily one of those ordinary people.
He is a privileged white man of a certain age who loves to indulge in the lap of luxury, demanding first class travel with five-star luxury items.
The Federal Election Commission has released reports of Mr. Biden’s penchant for private air travel. Since his late April announcement into the crowded candidate clown car, the campaign has made payments totaling $256,798 to a private jet charter based in Virginia. That’s roughly $100,000 per month.
Yowza. And incredibly hypocritical. First of all, how is this good for his environmental policies and ending carbon emissions? And second, he lambasted Hillary Clinton and then-candidate Barack Obama for their luxury rides as almost “privileged.” In a notorious rebuke at a 2007 event in Iowa, the very late arriving Biden snarked, “It’s a seven-hour ride from Chicago, I apologize—and I don’t have a plane.”
Really? You are not Elvis
Mr. Privilege must perceive himself as a modern-day political rock star – and even the radical left press is calling him out for the demands his campaign makes on his behalf when he travels for speaking engagements or fundraising visits.
His dressing room prerequisites include six chairs with straight backs and a fridge stocked with Coke Zero, regular Coca-Cola, orange-flavored Gatorade, and black coffee. Biden must employ caffeine to wake what President Trump refers to as “Sleepy Joe” prior to striding purposefully on stage. Oh, and a full-length mirror to ensure the dapper and debonair “regular Joe” is perfect for his audience. God only knows why six straight back chairs are needed.
When hosting Biden, friends and Democratic Party folks, according to The Washington Post, are voluntold to serve an Italian dish made up of tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, and fresh basil – angel hair pomodoro – with a caprese salad and raspberry sorbet with a cookie.
And, he usually demands that the people paying him to speak to their chosen ones and buy a load of his books – and they are never to bill him as former Vice President. He is obviously a picky-puss and knows exactly what is due his honorable self.
The Media’s Smoke and Mirrors
Front runner and former Vice President Joe Biden is no different than the field of Democratic candidates running for president. They are all privileged, they demand the little extras, and can pay for it – through their campaigns. Millions of dollars on hand will cover first class and private travel with the best accommodations in each and every location in America.
But is Joe being singled out? Is the media playing with the man as if he were a marionette? Let’s face it, despite the low to basement level ratings of CNN and the recanting of fact-less stories that WaPo and The New York Times have had to publish, news outlets still have some power to invent or destroy whomever they please.
Nearly one hundred years ago, the Chicago White Sox were embroiled in a game fixing scandal in the 1919 World Series. Legend has that the left field star of the Sox, “Shoeless Joe” Jackson was leaving Cook County courthouse after testifying in front of the grand jury and was approached by a sad young boy who cried, “Say it ain’t so, Joe.”
But that never happened. There are no court records that verify this account, and it is widely believed that Associated Press sportswriter, Hugh Fullerton, fabricated the entire incident.
Imagine that. Fake news to sell papers.
Biden is not an unsophisticated man. And a man who has been in politics and government for five decades, has access to the best publicity and strategy teams, and has an electronic widget to “Google” himself, Joe should know better than to act like his predecessors – of whom he expressed so much disdain for their lavish habits.
C’mon Regular Joe, if you can’t “say it ain’t so” then just stop trying to be real.