Well, I suppose you always know where you stand with Vice President Joe Biden. Biden, who never seems to hold back from telling people exactly what he is thinking, made his latest colorful comments this Monday when he reportedly told Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords that they were both members of the “cracked head club.”
Giffords, of course, was shot in the head, sustaining grave injuries during a shooting rampage in Arizona back in January, while Biden has allegedly undergone two craniotomies of his own.
Biden reportedly got a “tip” from former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that Giffords would be present during the House vote Monday so the Vice President showed up to see Giffords, reportedly telling her, “now we’re both members of the ‘Cracked Head Club.’“
Biden went on to tell reporters, “you know, I had two craniotomies. For real. They literally took the top of my head off. Twice. Now, the wags in Delaware, when the second operation occurred, wrote and said, ‘Well, it’s because they couldn’t find a brain the first time!’”
Boston.com reports on the Vice President’s “beaming smile” as he shared time with the Congresswoman followed by enjoying a hug from none other than Rep. Michele Bachmann:
“She and I just commiserated about the steps to recovery,” he added. “Hers, much more consequential. But it scares the living devil out of you when you’re recovering from a serious operation or injury to your head. But it comes back. And knowing people who’ve been through it and came back was helpful, for me anyway. You know what I mean?”
He wouldn’t say whether there were plans for Giffords to go to the White House, but one thing he was certain of.
“She’s remarkable. She’s remarkable,” he said, getting almost nose-to-nose with a nearby reporter. “Will matters. Will matters. I tell you what, she’s the embodiment of a strong, strong woman. Think about what that woman has been through, and think about her determination.”
Giffords returned to the House floor Monday night for the first time since her shooting to cast a vote in support of the compromise debt bill. The Congresswoman’s appearance struck an emotional nerve with lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle.
Biden summed up his experience to reporters by touching on yet another emotional moment decades ago, when he witnessed then cancer-stricken former vice president Hubert Humphrey share a tearful, “three minute” long embrace with his “ideological enemy,” Barry Goldwater.
Biden certainly has a way with words.