“Articulate and Bright and Clean” – 2007
Another one of Biden’s attempts of philanthropy toward a fellow presidential finally backfired wonderfully back in 2007. When he and Barack Obama were both campaigning for 2008 primaries, he made quite a comment about the then-senator Barack Obama: “You have to first sort of mainstream African American who is articulate, bright, and clean. That’s a storybook, man.”
The double-edged compliment instantly sent Biden, who was 65 at the time, to the world of out-of-touch men who were part of a tone-deaf generation. And, obviously, it helped elevate Obama from the rest of the pack. As Obama said, he didn’t take what Biden said very personally.