Anybody that has seen Sesame Street is probably familiar with these lyrics:
One of these things is not like the others,
One of these things just doesn’t belong,
Can you tell which thing is not like the others
By the time I finish my song?
Did you guess which thing was not like the others?
Did you guess which thing just doesn’t belong?
If you guessed this one is not like the others,
Then you’re absolutely…right!
Given that, let’s look at the four men involved in the presidential campaign. President Obama, Governor Romney, and Representative Ryan seem to have no problem with being passionate while staying mature and civil. Then there’s Joe. I don’t get it. His boss isn’t modeling that sort of behavior. His opponents don’t behave that way. Why is it OK for Joe?
I put the four men’s behavior to a simple test. Would I tell a ten-year-old to behave like the person on stage? The three men I mentioned would easily pass that test. Biden interrupted Ryan and the moderator 81 times. If a child interrupted his or her teacher one tenth that many time, that child would be in the principal’s office. Furthermore, if Biden is so comfortable with being so rude, what is to say he won’t cross one too many lines when he is outside of the debate hall?
Lastly, shame on my fellow native from Queens, NY, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, who said that Mr. Biden was behaving “vice-presidentially.” Since when does rudeness and sarcasm make someone vice-presidential? She is a mom. Would she really tolerate her kids behaving during a school debate like Mr. Biden did? I doubt it. She said that Mr. Biden was demonstrating gravitas. She needs to get her Latin straight. Mr. Biden was showing he is an asinus.