For some nutty reason, I've been picturing the Obamas and the Bidens as the Ricardos and Mertzes lately. They're a fun foursome but it's not always a blissful relationship. One gets the distinct impression that if they went to Hollywood for vacation, the Bidens would, somehow, end up being the ones to land a pie in William Holden's face at The Brown Derby restaurant.
Joe and Jill Biden, both suffering from severe cases of foot-in-mouth, tend to have a lot of 'splainin' to do every time they step out, it seems to me.
Most recently, there was the Missus Biden sitting on Oprah's famous couch and cheerily telling her that Joe could've picked either veep or Secretary of State, it was completely up to him.
Rolling her eyes and clapping her pretty hand over her mouth, we could practically see the ghost of Lucy. Surely, a "Waaaaaaahhhhhh" wasn't far behind. Her husband, the king of gaffes, found himself in the odd position of saying, "Shhhhh" but it wasn't working.
The Bidens, particularly Joe, have a "did I just say that out loud?" mentality about them.
While Obama, the measured, cool and normally unflappable Ricky Ricardo of the bunch, tried to extend olive branches, cross over aisles and every other cliche you can think of to make nice-nice with the Republicans in the first days of his presidency, Joe Biden made a ham-handed jab at Justice Roberts' now famous flubbing of the oath of office.
"My memory is not as good as Justice Roberts'," Biden quipped, sarcasm dripping from each word like, well, something that drips a lot. In a rare show of emotion, Obama's jaw visibly clenched and I could picture him, like Ricky leading Lucy home, sitting Biden down and waving a finger in his face while assuring him there would be no talent night at the Babalu for him.
I'm guessing that Obama has wondered more than a few times if Biden was the best pick. A jolly, tail-wagging foil for Obama's crisp competency, it's an odd mix, this Lucy and Ricky. It's not that big a stretch, hons. Some of the stuff that Biden comes up with makes it sound as if he's been hitting the Vitameatavegamin pretty hard.
At the Roberts' remark, Obama maintained a steely gaze while discreetly but firmly grabbing Biden's elbow. It's that same gesture that Ricky used to use when Lucy was about to make a pure-T fool of herself in front of Milton Berle. (Ask your parents.) It's the same gesture that every mom I know uses during a church service to get her squirmy kid to be quiet and sit up straight.
Biden won't have any trouble sitting up straight but being quiet is hard for him. Not as hard as packaging candy on an assembly line with a broken conveyor belt, mind you, but still pretty hard.