Vice President Joe Biden was definitely not on top of his game while visiting the Florida Everglades on Monday. First, during his campaign visit, he accidentally referred to the Everglades as the “Ever-gators.” It would have been a cute nickname if he were trying to be cute – but he wasn’t.
As the video shows, he said,
“Back in ’28 when it was built, they didn’t realize that they effectively created a dam through half of the Ever-gators – through half of the Everglades – cutting off the water supply that these wetlands depend upon.”
Everyone makes mistakes. However, when the Vice President jokes about having one of his secret service agents kill another man, it’s certainly gone too far. While promoting the Everglades Restoration Project, Biden pointed to Commissioner Ronald Bergeron during his speech. Biden explained that Bergeron tried to get Biden to visit the Everglades 10 years before.
As Biden said, “He wanted me to wrestle alligators. You all think I’m kidding. I’m not kidding. He’s one crazy son-of-a-gun. Where are you Ronnie? There he is. And the worst part is, [Sen.] Bill [Nelson] introduced me to him. I wondered, Bill, why? He said, ‘No, he wants [you] just to do a little project with him. I thought the project was something about restoring the Everglades. It was about seeing whether or not I was really an athlete,” Biden said.
“But you see this man right here, my Secret Service guy? He played in pro-football, also was on that national championship team – the Clemson had. He said if I go, he’ll shoot you, Ronnie, so …I’m only kidding. That’s not true. He didn’t say he’d shoot Ronnie. He said he’d shoot the alligator if I went. I just think it’s incredible, and I still think you’re nuts, Ronnie.”
Even stranger, the White House has made this clip available to the public. Wouldn’t they want to bury this transcript? Ignore it?
While it was disturbing enough that the speech sounded completely disjointed and scattered, it was far beyond disturbing to hear the Vice President jokingly threatening the Commissioner of the Everglades.
Really Vice President Joe Biden? Let’s hope this was just a bad day. And let’s hope that it gets better really fast.