Vice President Joe Biden is using a unique approach when it comes to dealing with the petulant freshman Senators who aren’t budging an inch on the debt ceiling talks. Treating them like his sons, he has taken on a fatherly role in trying to convince them to come to some sort of agreement on how to get the budget crisis under control.
There are two such Senators who are particularly frustrating his efforts though, i.e. Eric Cantor (R-Virginia) and Rand Paul (R-Kentucky).
Here are just a few of the comments attributed to Joe Biden during the debt ceiling talks:
I just cannot get through to you. It’s like talking to a brick wall.
Do you live to annoy me?
Do you think this debt ceiling is going to raise itself?
Don’t make me bang my gavel.
How do you know you don’t like any of the proposals if you’ve never read them? Try just one and if you don’t like it, you don’t have to agree to it.
Keep it up and one day your face is gonna freeze that way.
I don’t care what the other Vice Presidents are doing. I’m your Vice President and what I say goes.
If you can’t say something constructive, don’t say anything at all.
‘I don’t know’ is not an answer.
I hope someday you become a Vice President. Then we’ll see how smart you are.
Now go back out and come back in without slamming the door this time.
Leaving the talks? Is that a threat or a promise?
People in Hades want ice water. That doesn’t mean they’re gonna get it.
Why? Because I said so that’s why.
You’re not leaving this room until you’ve finished your debate.
I brought you into these talks and I can take you out.
You boys have tuckered me out. Now, run along and play so I can take my nap.