President Joe Biden attempted Monday to bash former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin by mocking comments he thought she once made. But his attempt went over like a lead balloon.
What did Biden say?
While signing into law the bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, Biden touted his experience implementing bills with "speed," "discipline," and minimal waste, citing the 2009 Recovery Act.
"I'm proud to say that when we finished implementing that Recovery Act, it was determined that there had been less than two-tenths of 1% waste, fraud, or abuse," Biden said. "And it was how I learned and earned the nickname 'Sheriff Joe' from President Obama. Because I made it a point, every single day for well over a year, to stay on top of how the money was being used."
Biden said he managed to ensure minimal waste by routinely speaking with mayors, county executives, and every state governor — "save one," he added, then clearly invoking Palin.
"I won't mention that 'save one,'" Biden continued after laughing, "She could see Alaska from her porch."
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What is the problem?
There are two significant problems with Biden's attempt to mock Palin. First, Biden incorrectly restated the infamous quote. Second, Palin is not even the person who said it.
The quote that Biden was attempting to resurrect from his memory is, "I can see Russia from my house."
However, Palin is not responsible for the quote. In fact, actress Tina Fey is responsible for those words, which she used to mock Palin during an episode of "Saturday Night Live" that aired in September 2008 in the weeks preceding the 2008 presidential election.
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To be fair, Palin is responsible for an infamous remark involving Russia and Alaska.
While attempting to boost her presidential acumen, Palin claimed that living in proximity to Russia bolstered her foreign policy understanding.
"They're our next-door neighbors, and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska," Palin remarked in September 2008.
At the time, the statement did incite mockery, hence the "Saturday Night Live" punchline.
Palin later doubled down on the remark, later telling then-CBS News anchor Katie Couric that by leading a state whose neighbors are two countries — Russia and Canada — she had the foreign policy understanding to serve as vice president.