VP Biden to Veterans: “I Don’t Want to Make a ‘Blumenthal’ Mistake Here”

May 26, 2010 12:00pm

Vice President Biden and his wife Dr. Jill Biden hosted a poolside barbecue for wounded veterans and their families last night at the Vice president’s residence, one complete with bluegrass music, honey-mustard-pulled-pork, and a Bidenism.

Speaking to the veterans — residents of the Mologne House at Walter Reed Army Medical Center –  the Vice President spoke about the experience of troops returning from Vietnam.

"I didn't serve in Vietnam,” he noted. “I don't want to make a Blumenthal mistake here — our attorney general from Connecticut, God love him."

The vice president was referring to the recent admission by the Democratic Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal that at times he has exaggerated his war record. Blumenthal served in the Marine Reserves during Vietnam, but never actually went there, though at times he has told audiences about being “in” Vietnam.

Later on in his remarks, the vice president added "I have a bad habit of saying exactly what I think."

The US Navy Band's country-bluegrass group provided tunes, the Food Network's Sunny Anderson was chef, service members and their families were offered Yuengling, Sam Adams and Bud Lite in addition to other libations.

"We have one truly sacred obligation,” the vice president said, “to prepare and equip those in harms' way and to care for them when they come home."

-Jake Tapper

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