Fmr. Virginia Gov. Douglas Wilder on Biden: Obama’s Stuck With What He’s Got
Yesterday on Your World, former Virginia Governor Douglas Wilder (D) weighed in on VP Joe Biden’s much-discussed “chain” comments. He said, “We all know he’s gaffe-prone, but when you make a statement that says ‘they are going to put ya’ll back in chains,’ which means, 'I’m okay, it’s not going to happen to me' … Slavery is nothing to joke about. ”
During today’s White House briefing, Jay Carney responded to Wilder’s comments, saying “He doesn’t have a point,” and that Biden’s comments were clearly about Wall Street reform.
Wilder shared his reaction to those comments on today’s Your World. While he says he knows Carney did the best he could at today’s press conference, Wider defended himself, saying, “I try not to speak for Doug Wilder when I speak. I try to speak for people I identify with
, people I come into contact with, people who have an opinion relative to what might be going on and they want to hear it.” He also said that he got many calls after yesterday’s show praising him for what he said in the interview.
Wilder doesn’t think it’s too late for Biden to apologize for the comments said in Virginia, but pointed out that Biden stated he was in North Carolina, “You’re in Virginia man. Get your act together.”
“This doesn’t help the president,” Wilder said. Although he has serious doubts that Biden could help Obama in the upcoming election, he said, “It’s not too late for Joe Biden to clean up his act.”
Wilder concluded, “[Obama’s] stuck. It’s almost like the tar baby. He’s stuck with what he’s got.”