Our gaffetastic Vice President

Ah, our vice president, Joe Biden (D). So smooth, so knowledgeable, so experienced, so diplomatic--especially when compared to his 2008 vice presidential opponent, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (R). After all, would she ever utter such smooth, knowledgeable, experienced and diplomatic gaffes as these?

At a White House St. Patrick's day reception, Biden uttered the blessing "God rest her soul" for the mother of Brian Cowen, the Irish Prime Minister, an American ally. Except the woman is very much alive; it is Cowen's father who is deceased. Biden joked about it, stating "I really should get these things straight." Well, yes you should get your facts straight before you open your mouth--use a teleprompter maybe--especially since you are of Irish heritage.

For the future, Vice President Joseph Biden, the proper blessing should have been "God bless her soul."

But because he is an ally, the Prime Minister did not express public outrage, did not consider this an insult.

As an American, I wish the Prime Minister's mother a long, healthy life.

Rounding out his speechifying week Biden spoke at the Correspondent's Dinner. Referring  to his trip to Jerusalem, where the oh so sensitive vice president was insulted because a low level government clerk approved a routine stage 3 ruling for an apartment complex development during his visit, Biden informed his audience

"I love to travel, but it's great to be back to a place where a boom in housing construction is actually a good thing,"

Joe, I can call you that, can't I? A boom in housing construction in the ancient, historic Jewish city of Jerusalem, so once again the voice of the children will be heard in the land, is actually a wonderful thing. So even though Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is not sensitive and probably wasn't insulted by your crass remark, do apologize. It is the right thing to do.

Michelle Malkin has the measure of the man: he is gaffetastic