For those of us who lived thru the 1960’s …..
It WAS a crazy and worrisome time…
The election of Barack Obama bought some of Joe Biden’s worries back he revealed to a audience….
Our young people have NOT idea how worrisome and upsetting the 1960’s where….
Those time where what ole’ Joe Biden cut his political teeth on…
And now the have hurricane Trump….
Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Friday took a series of unusual rhetorical detours at the end of a town-hall-style campaign event nominally dedicated to health care, speculating about how a political assassination of Barack Obama might have affected the country in 2008 and recalling that he was accused of being gay because of his support of women’s rights in the 1970s.
After speaking about the health care plan he introduced last monthand taking a few questions, Mr. Biden grew most animated as he recalled the fraught political era of 1968, when he was a college senior, and two of his political heroes, Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, were assassinated within weeks of each other.
“My senior semester they were both shot and killed,” Mr. Biden said. “Imagine what would have happened if, God forbid, Barack Obama had been assassinated after becoming the de facto nominee. What would have happened in America?”
I think of where we are at the moment. You know, none of you men are old — women are old enough, but a couple of you guys are old enough to remember. I graduated in 1968. Everybody before me was, drop out, go to Haight-Ashbury, don’t trust anybody over 30, everybody not getting involved. I’m serious, I know no woman will shake their head and acknowledge it, but you guys know what I’m talking about. Right? But then what happened? Dr. Ki— I only have two political heroes. I have one hero who was my dad, but I have two political heroes were Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy. My senior semester they were both shot and killed. Imagine what would have happened if, God forbid, Barack Obama had been assassinated after becoming the de facto nominee. What would have happened in America?
“Things changed,” he continued. “You had over 40 kids shot at Kent State on a beautiful lawn by the National Guard.” The shooting in question, in May 1970 during a Vietnam War protest, in fact ended with four students shot dead and nine wounded….
Mr. Biden’s walk-off line was a mic drop. Wondering if anyone two years ago would have believed a movie about the Trump administration so far, he invoked Mr. Trump calling himself “the chosen one” while speaking to reporters outside the White House this week.
“I am the savior,” Mr. Biden intoned, paraphrasing the president.
“I mean, come on, man,” Mr. Biden said. “I mean. Anyway. Good night, folks.”….
image…CreditCreditElizabeth Frantz for The New York Times