Oh, That Joe! (No. 25 in a Series) — National Priorities: The Financial Collapse and Josh Beckett’s Arm — Not Necessarily in that Order

By Natalie Gewargis

Oct 13, 2008 12:17pm

Wall Street is coming off the worst week in the nation’s history. But there are other worries out there as well, as sports fan and Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., well understands.

At American Legion Post No. 7 in Rochester, NH, this morning, Biden told fans of the Boston Red Sox, “Look, I know there are two big worries of people in this area now and quite frankly all over the country, but the first is unique to here."

Said Biden, with mock seriousness: "The first is Josh Beckett’s arm, so I understand that.”

The BoSox are preparing to play Game Three against the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League Championship Series. Beckett, possibly still feeling the effects of some late-season injuries, lasted only four innings in Saturday’s Game Two, which the Red Sox eventually lost 9-8 in 11 innings.

“My Phillies didn’t do too well last night, you know, we had a rough night,” said the Delaware lawmaker.

The Phillies lost Game Three Sunday, crashing 7-2 at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Championship Series.

“I understand we get our priorities: first, Josh Beckett’s arm and direct order, second the economy," Biden joked. "But folks, all kidding aside, I don’t know what to tell you about Josh Beckett’s arm, but I do have a few thoughts about the second issue, the economy.”

And with that, Biden began his standard stump speech, putting off the BoSox ballgame for the time being. 

“You know, it all begins with the understanding that for much, much too long this economy didn’t start collapsing for a lot of people, you know, a week ago. It didn’t start collapsing a week ago. It didn’t start collapsing a month ago. It didn’t start collapsing a year ago, or even two years ago. This economy started collapsing six, seven, eight years ago.”

The loquacious Blue Hen also wished the crowd a happy Columbus Day.

“I may be Irish but I was smart enough to marry Italian, so I’m alright today,” said the Veep nominee.

– Jake Tapper and Matthew Jaffe

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