Vice President Joe Biden is known for some cringeworthy and downright inappropriate moments, but this week, The Hill noticed something more innocuous: The vice president seems to have recycled a joke that he used to praise retiring California Sen. Barbara Boxer in his comments praising Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski.
“I am sorry to see her go, but there are still two years left. And two years of Barbara Mikulski is like six years of any other senator,” Biden said Monday after Mikulski announced that she won't be seeking re-election when her fifth term ends. Mikulski, a Democrat, was elected to the House of Representatives in 1976 and then to the Senate in 1987. In 2012, she became the longest-serving woman in the history of Congress.
Biden's comments are almost identical to those he made in honor of Barbara Boxer.
Senate Foreign Relations Western Hemisphere Subcommittee Ranking Member Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., questions witnesses during a hearing on Cuba on Capitol Hill in Washington Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
“I am sorry to see her go, but there are still two years left. And two years of Barbara Boxer is like having four to six years of any other senator,” Biden said back in January when the Democrat announced she wouldn't run again.
The Hill noted that Obama also used almost exactly the same line to praise Mikulski as he did Boxer.
“Senator Mikulski is more than just a legendary senator for the people of Maryland, she’s an institution in the United States Senate,” he said Monday.
When Boxer announced her retirement, Obama said: “Barbara Boxer is more than a senator — she’s an institution.”