Joe Biden continues to prove to America that he is a deeply weird man
Aside from having Leftist politics, being a compulsive liar, and not being very bright, there's something just off about Joe Biden. He's the creepy uncle that smart parents refuse to let babysit their children. It doesn't mean he's ever done anything wrong; it just means there's that vibe. And the latest vibe issue occurred on Sunday, when the 77-year-old Biden kissed his 19-year-old granddaughter on the lips.
The creepy factor became a national "thing" (as opposed to a "Washington's insiders" thing) in 2014, when Ronald Kessler's The First Family Detail, a book about Secret Service agents, revealed that Biden liked to skinny-dip in front of his service detail, including the female agents:
"Agents say that, whether at the vice president's residence or at his home in Delaware, Biden has a habit of swimming in his pool nude," Kessler writes in the book. ... Female Secret Service agents find that offensive," he writes.
The ick factor about Biden picked up speed when people started compiling pictures and videos showing Biden hugging women and saying suggestive things just a little too much:
He also incessantly joked, in an avuncular way, about the sexuality of prepubescent and adolescent girls, something that also makes for uncomfortable viewing:
And of course, even when the #MeToo media finally caught up with Biden's habit of getting too cuddly with women and teenagers, they refused to acknowledge Biden's most inspired creepiness: fondling little girls while whispering to them or sniffing their hair. Paul Joseph Watson makes clear just how not normal this is:
During the height of the #MeToo movement, Biden promised to be "more respectful of people's personal space":
The problem, of course, is that Biden is trying to make himself sound like an old-fashioned, nice, "handsy" guy. What he does, though, goes beyond handsy and would always have been wrong, in the old days as well as today.
Even after the apology, Biden kept being creepy. There's the "handsy" stuff he did with his wife on the campaign trail:
And sure enough, on Sunday, we got Joe "Plugs and Dentures" Biden — 77 years old — giving his uncomfortable-looking 19-year-old granddaughter a peck on the lips:
He did the same thing in Las Vegas last year.
It's true that there are American families in which pecks on the lips between generations is the usual way of saying "hello" and "good-bye," but it's not an American tradition. Moreover, on Joe, it looks creepy.
Here's the bottom line: it's not unheard of for men who are rich and powerful to get their jollies out in the open, confident that the power that surrounds them will protect them from pushback over behavior that, were someone "ordinary" doing it, would result in ostracization, lawsuits, and even arrest. (See, e.g., Jimmy Saville, in England.) Additionally, Joe is getting to the age at which, sadly, a person's control over inhibitions starts breaking down, something especially true in those with incipient dementia. Either way, his public behavior is not normal.
So far as we know, Joe's never crossed the line from creepy to illegal. Having said that, if he ever offers to babysit your children, just say "no."