Biden takes ownership of economy?
September 29th, 2011
03:28 PM ET

Biden takes ownership of economy?

Obama administration officials often cite the economic conditions they inherited pre-2009 to beat back Republican attacks over the slow recovery.

But what the Bush administration did is “not relevant,” Vice President Joe Biden told Florida radio station WLRN Thursday, a seeming departure from the standard White House’s talking points:

“There are a lot of people in Florida that have good reason to be upset, because they lost their jobs. Even though 50-some percent of the American people think the economy tanked because of the last administration, that’s not relevant, because we are in charge. And right now, we are the ones in charge and it’s gotten better but it hasn’t gotten good enough.”

Later, White House spokesman Jay Carney appeared to walk back Biden’s comments at Thursday’s daily briefing.

“He didn’t say the blame for it is owned. What he absolutely said was that most Americans want their elected officials in Washington to act to improve the situation."

soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Iven Scott

    Your TV banner line read Biden blames Obama for economy not Bush. Biden did not say that and your interpretatioin is misleading. Here is an example of rewording that is plain erroneous and misleading. Shame!

    September 29, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  2. g.c.kells

    the caption for the photo reads, "the first recovery act was just the tip. Here comes the rest of the President's package, and it's gonna hurt!"

    September 29, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  3. California Conservative

    Even if Biden does democrats can easily dismiss anything he says.

    Biden is literally a clown.

    September 29, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
    • literally

      I don't think that word means what you think it means.

      September 29, 2011 at 9:24 pm |
    • Trace

      @Cali Conserve

      Its all about outrageous party name calling right? You get up pretty early to sound like a blithering idiot.

      Biden is a Vice President that is serving our country with honor and distinction...sure he can be "Joe" at times; But he is a SIGHT better than his predecessor Dicky Cheney. I guess you and your party or proud of that right ?

      Ok...which city in California is missing their resident village idiot? GEESH DUDE..I live in California and you embarass us all

      September 30, 2011 at 10:39 am |
    • Howard

      Biden's Fruedian slip ... or, dumb statement ... or, final utterance of truth ... will prove to Joe and Barack that the truth hurts.

      October 1, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
  4. 1FreeWorld


    Wow, last time he died there were a lot of Liberals trying to hide all kinds of Socialist Movements....

    I suspect the Democrats are trying to hide EVEN MORE now!

    If Michael Jackson and CONSTITUTIONAL CONSERVATIVE BLACK MAN, NEGRO (from the past) and AFRICAN-AMERICAN (from the past) Herman Cain are in the news,,,, guess who will be in the Liberal News Casts????!

    The Dead Man!


    MOST Folks of Color are on the side of FREEDOM, LIFE, and the pursuit of Happiness!
    They want MAN-WOMAN Marriages, BLESSINGS FROM GOD, and FAMILY!!!!

    GOD BLESS CAIN, BACHMANN, PALIN, GINGRICH, and all the rest of us!


    September 29, 2011 at 7:40 pm |
    • rickm

      I concure, and add one thing, Is Biden Taking responcibility for Selling guns to Mexic's cartels also? (Fast and Furiouse)

      September 30, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
    • right leaning independent

      This comment has nothing to do with the article. As for Biden's comments, I agree in part. The current administration was awarded the hand they campaigned for. They can't continue to blame the former administration for the economy and convince the electorate that they are capable of improving the situation. In my opinion they may have prevented things from getting really bad (that is a debate for economists) but they have not made things much better. For some it is worse. The cost has been too high, and the result too weak. Government is not going to solve this one by throwing more borrowed money after the hundred of billions they have already spent..

      October 1, 2011 at 11:38 am |
  5. Imajoker

    I just realized a new found respect for Vice President Biden. The President may want to follow his lead. Blaming the past administration is over. Biden 2012! Not really but you have to give him credit.

    September 29, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
  6. drogo, the stallion that mounts the world

    Good ole Joe – he always knows how to put his foot in it!

    September 30, 2011 at 1:49 am |
    • Trace


      Yep, joe does put his foot in his mouth from time to time. But I would rather him do that than suffer through a VP breaking the back of this country (Dickster Cheney). If you have any sense at all, you would agree

      September 30, 2011 at 10:42 am |
      • rickm

        No Real people with real sense would'nt agree witha word you say !

        September 30, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  7. anon

    Well, what he's saying is true. After 3 years you can't blame the other guy anymore, even if you CAN technically still blame him (3 years isn't enough to clean that enormous mess, which includes a horrendous war that was started on a whim, something that makes you realize we're no better than all the humans in the past who used to go to war like they went shopping).

    He could also legitimately add that the economy could be doing a lot better if Republicans hadn't adopted a "just say no" policy on inauguration day, even on insanely rational things like health benefits for 9/11 workers. If the Dems had any balls they'd be constantly blowing that horn and would distribute a list of all the things Republicans have said no to.

    September 30, 2011 at 2:16 am |
  8. Nathan G.

    ...How is our VP accepting responsibility for the economy putting his foot in his mouth? You all bitch about the Democrats blaming Bush, but you bitch again when they take responsibility. What should they do? Ignore it entirely? If you are going to bitch at someone for not doing something, don't turn around and bitch at them when they step up and start doing it.

    September 30, 2011 at 4:38 am |
  9. dbsdave

    Wow, a politician stating a fact that's actually true.

    September 30, 2011 at 9:56 am |
  10. mickey2829

    just what is the job of the vice president besides being next in line if anything happens to the president,i never see him in seems like he gets a check for doing nothing.with all the time he has on his hands you think he would make all his aa meetings

    September 30, 2011 at 10:09 am |
    • jean2009

      He sits in the Senate chamber as President Pro Tempore of the Senate when it is in session. I'm sure his schedule is just as packed as the president's.

      October 2, 2011 at 8:28 pm |
  11. kayah

    I think Joe Biden is as tired as a lot of Americans are of this administration blaming their problems on someone else. Joe's old school, you give him something he takes it and is not afraid to admit when he's wrong. Obama's never shown this strength and confidence. A leader takes ownership. He doesn't blame others.

    September 30, 2011 at 10:44 am |
  12. mason

    this article takes the words not relevant completely out of context of how he was saying it.

    September 30, 2011 at 11:16 am |
  13. Debbie

    Biden is right to some degree...Obama should have walked in the door 3 years ago, stopped all checks leaving out of the United States, brought all the troop back home and started taking care of home first!!! 3 years later troops are still in wherever the hell they are, and we are still cutting checks for countries that can not afford to take care of themselves...I am runing for office in 2012 and show them how this is supposed to be done....You can't take care of other people until you can take care of home!!!

    September 30, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  14. Anitareply

    Obama said that this is a, “great country that had gotten a little soft, you know, we need to get back on track, and that America has gotten “a little soft” over the past two decades, Obama promised that his program will help burn off the flab and pump up the national fitness.”
    This remark after demanding another stimulus package, after that long and extraordinary economic whipping we received the first time?
    Auto bailout, bank bailouts, half a billion dollars to Solynra, $3.5 trillion over the next 10 years for socialized healthcare plan, $1 billion in loan to Egypt and another billion Obama wants to forgive in debt,
    Thousands of dollars to ACORN, $15 billion for “Project Rebuild,” $787 billion stimulus for Obama’s first so-called “job creation,” however $6.4 billion lost…$15 million created 17 temporary government jobs, creating road signs, another $650,00 on 950 temporary road sign jobs…etc…an estimated $28 billion on pet project road signs raving about how Obama was, “Putting America Back to Work.” Now Obama is calling for another stimulus heavy weight money package…..
    If this wasn’t an extraordinary enough economic “whipping” then we are really in for one heck of another long, hard and excruciating beating. One that will bring America to its knees.

    October 1, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
  15. Brandon

    How is this any sort of slip whatsoever? He said nothing indicating that the current situation is the fault of the current administration. He simply stated that blaming the past administration does not do anything to fix the problem, which is what we should actually be concerned with, not misleading spinmaster articles like this.

    October 1, 2011 at 7:42 pm |
  16. lps

    Thanks for being honest V.P Biden

    October 1, 2011 at 9:02 pm |
  17. Ray E. Georgia

    The people should be in charge of the Economy, not the Adminstration or Government. The Government should be making the Laws as fair as possible in accordance with the Constitution. Big Government Programs are Unconstutitional and need to be paid off and ended.

    October 2, 2011 at 9:16 am |
  18. Dan

    Biden just said what a lot of people have said for a long time. You can blame who the past administration all you want but once they are in charge it is how they deal with it that matters. I read the article and never got the Idea that he blamed Obama for anything. Now it is up to us to decide if they did all they coiuld have to help the cituation or did they put it on the back burner to long.
    You decide and you vote.

    October 2, 2011 at 8:12 pm |
  19. Liz Carter in Georgia

    mickey2829; Did you say with all of the time he had on his hands, Biden should making all of his aa, and I suppose you meant AA meetings? LOL! Well, I hope you're saying the House is drunk, because they sure do act like it. However, I suppose in his spare time from the Senate, he might sit in on the House and listen to Group Leader Boehner 'TELL HIS STORY'. LOL! I don't see where Biden needs it anyway, but that way he may really learn to avoid the necessity of having to go to AA meetings everyday! LOL!

    October 3, 2011 at 10:20 am |