joe’s day … the good, the bad & the (politically) ugly

…with Majority Leader Harry Reid and his wife Landra

….with whatshisname?

Oh yeah! Wasn’t this guy once the future President? How did that go?

….with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, her husband Jonathan and their son Theo

… with a Rand(om) Nutjob

….looking at the pearl necklace of Ava Rose Wyden, daughter of Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore

Senator Lisa Murkowski hands Vice President Joe Biden one of her campaign t-shirts

…..and gets a hug in return. Hope you were watching Joe Miller 😉

….with Marco Rubio and his wife Jeanette

….with Senator Barbara Mikulski

….. with Senator Barbara Boxer and her husband Stewart

…checking to see if his work was done

Back at the office….

JB: “Actually, I used a Macy’s catalog to swear in Rand Paul, so his votes won’t count at all.”

BO: “Good job, Joe!”

President Obama talks with Vice President Biden in the Oval Office while National Security Advisor Tom Donilon and Counsel to the President Bob Bauer confer in the Outer Oval Office, Jan. 5, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


35 Responses to “joe’s day … the good, the bad & the (politically) ugly”

  1. 1 collegekay
    January 5, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Yay Harry Reid!
    Eww Rand Paul.
    Eww Marco Rubio.

  2. January 5, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Joe Biden is the best Vice President I’ve known, and I’ve known many of them and groaned with embarrassment over them, too.

  3. 6 gobrooklyn
    January 5, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Hmmmmm…..Ms. Lisa kinda cozy with our VP. What’s up with that? is she really going to be the Lieberman of the Republican party?

    • January 5, 2011 at 7:47 pm

      I’m losing track of everything, but didn’t she vote for the repeal of DADT, for the START treaty and supported the DREAM Act? Crikey, how can someone that decent be in the Republican party??

      Ah, just looked her up – she was one of only five Republican senators who voted with Democrats for the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.

      Come on Lisa, cross that aisle – permanently!

  4. 8 CTGirl
    January 5, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Love, love Joe Biden! He is just so right!

  5. 9 maritza
    January 5, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    I so totally LOVE Joe! Wait, my husband loves him too?! BUT then again we are full of love for all the O’team!

    My whole “familia” here for O’Biden-2012!!!!!!!!!!

  6. 10 Theo67
    January 5, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    I love the last two pictures – the one with VP Biden looking very VP-ish on his own, and then giggling with the President to report about the nutjobs he just installed into Congress. They look pretty relaxed about the whole thing. I’m so glad the President has an old hand like VP Biden, who has seen many strange days in Congress. Helps to put days like today in context, I’m sure.

    on a side note – Rubio’s wife doesn’t look too happy. The sons of the Rand(om) nutjob also look mad, and couldn’t they take their hands out of their pockets while their father is being sworn in? Manners.

    • 11 Kelly
      January 5, 2011 at 7:33 pm

      I agree Theo. Sometimes I forget how young (politically) our POTUS is. Thank goodness he has an elder like VP Biden in his corner, especially since Ted Kennedy went home too soon. I wonder if TK didn’t become ill and was still around would the Dems have become so complacent and fear the repubs so much, leaving PBO to brunt everything on his own.

    • January 5, 2011 at 7:36 pm

      The hands-in-pocket thing was odd, surely they’re old enough to know better? Like their father, they appear not to have any manners!

    • 15 Eleroy
      January 5, 2011 at 9:14 pm

      Noticed the badly behaved Rand sons and rubio’s wife too, Theo. I suspect rubio’s wife already smells his chick on the side in D.C. Be careful what you wish for couldn’t be better applied than for these two families. It just won’t end well I tell you. By the time this is over, Mrs Rubio will be filing for divorce etc.

      • 16 Jessica
        January 5, 2011 at 9:32 pm

        Well since the Republicans are boosting them to be their answer to Obamas she knows she’s under a lot of pressure. Don’t know if she will be able to handle it, she doesn’t have Michelle’s toughness and I can imagine her wilting.

  7. 17 Kelly
    January 5, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Senator Murkowski has made her way on my favs Senators list. Senate majority leader Reid remains #1 though. Hope they don’t disappoint me going forward. Poor Nancy…:(

    • 18 Theo67
      January 5, 2011 at 7:30 pm

      I’m holding out on endorsing Sen. Murkowski just yet. She mentioned during the campaign (after the Republican party had already denounced her for continuing to fight) that she intended to caucus with the Republicans. She may have voted ok for the lame duck session, but I want to see what happens in the coming months before I put her on my list of favorites.

  8. January 5, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Ms.Lisa may just step out as an independent, seeing how the rethuglicans abandoned her for crazy joe Miller…this is going to be very interesting!!!

    • 21 Eleroy
      January 5, 2011 at 9:20 pm

      I’m not holding my breath on that one!!!
      Unfortunately, many of today’s republicans are nothing but petty, racist, self-serving opportunists with no ounce of care for the greater good. They are joined at the hip and united in their common hate and envy of President Obama (of course they do have a few allies in the Democratic party too!!!)

      • 22 Theo67
        January 5, 2011 at 10:10 pm

        Unfortunately, I think you’re right Eleroy. I believe they voted as a block against unemployment benefits, 9/11 responders, and health care. These are things that only the heartless would vote against. They showed us who they are with the 9/11 responder bill.

  9. 23 Sue in Minnesota
    January 5, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Seems McCain can’t look Joe in the eyes. I have nothing good to say about McCain, so I’ll refrain.

    Vice President Biden really lights up a room, doesn’t he……love him.

  10. 24 AnitaW
    January 5, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Is it me or does Rand Paul’s family look BORED?

    • 25 hopefruit2
      January 5, 2011 at 8:30 pm

      They were hoping that the Obama girls would be there. They told papa Paul that they wanted to meet Sasha and Malia. Unfortunately, no such luck today.

    • January 5, 2011 at 8:34 pm

      It’s not you, Anita. They look sneeringly bored.

    • 28 Hachikō
      January 5, 2011 at 8:35 pm

      The boys look arrogant – like their father.

      • 29 Sue in Minnesota
        January 5, 2011 at 8:49 pm

        How Republican of them!

        • 30 Theo67
          January 5, 2011 at 9:06 pm

          Indeed – can’t be all that nice when the father wants to repeal the Civil Rights Act. That’s not good stock!

          • 31 Proud of Obama
            January 6, 2011 at 9:37 am

            You can tell a lot about a person by how their children behave. And it appears that the Paul’s have raised some arrogant, feeling entitled little monsters. I remember the photos of then Senator Barack Obama being sworn in. Sasha couldn’t have been more than three and showed grace, class and manners.

            And I just love our President and VP. President Obama sure knew what he was doing when he selected Joe. Of course, he always knows what he’s doing. Such excellent judgment.

  11. January 5, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    And there is always a little kid with his finger in his nose. *L* Did you see him?

    McGrumpy just looks shifty and unpleasant, as usual. But I agree – as a family, the Pauls take the stale cake.

  12. 33 majii
    January 5, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    I always notice how affable our president, vp, and many of our democrats are. They really don’t mind touching, and having people, touch them. I noticed how Senator Boxer’s hubby had his arm around VP Biden as he was swearing in the senator. I love our “people loving” politicians. They are a big change from what happened during the GWB Administration. To me, Cheney’s smile always looked like he was having problems with bowel movements, and GWB’s smiles always looked fake, and were more like smirks. GWB and Cheney seemed to have had bad chemistry between them. Not so with the current president and vice-president.

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