Delaware Senator Joe Biden is inÃ‚Â a little bit ofÃ‚Â hot curry seasoned water over the following remark he made on C-Span:
“I’ve had a great relationship. In Delaware, the largest growth in population is Indian-Americans moving from India. You cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking.”
Stand down, native Americans. When he saysÃ‚Â “Indians,” Joe Biden isn’t referring to you — he’sÃ‚Â talking about Indians, you know, the kindÃ‚Â from India.
I’ve read a bit of criticism of Biden, mostly written by reporters who are expecting criticism, but so far, not much from Delaware Indians themselves. Even the “Indian American Center for Political Awareness” seems politically unaware of the comment. Speak out, Indians! If you don’t, Biden will assume that you’re all too busy answering phones at call centers to respond. If there was an Indian version of Jesse Jackson, right now there would be a boycott of liberal east coast Senators.
Biden later got around to explaining his comments:
“I was making the point that up until now in my state, we’ve had a strong Indian community made up of leading scientists and researchers and engineers,” Biden said. Lately,Ã‚Â “We’re having middle-class people move to Delaware, take over Dunkin’ Donuts, take over businesses, just like other immigrant groups have.”
Stop digging when you hear Chinese, Senator. By the way, Biden’s original statement was concerning customers of those places, not the ownership or employees. Why can’t we go into a Dunkin’ Donuts if we don’t have a slight Indian accent? If this were true, cops would be going to Bombay in droves to pick one up.
Biden knows he has to be careful with this one, though he’s not acting much like it. Indian-Americans are a growing and ever organizingÃ‚Â voting bloc in the U.S. In 2002, the first Indian-American political action committee, the US-India PAC, was created, and it’s said that Indians in America are the wealthiest ethnic group, so, for Biden’s presidential delusions, there is reason to dance a bit.
Biden officially announced his intentions to be a futureÃ‚Â ex-presidential candidate back in March, but he hasn’t yet learned to not be politically stupid. By the way, you can get some “Biden ’08” gear here. They didn’t use some good potential slogans, such as “Biden my time” or “Nominate a liberal east coast Senator: for a change.” I’d suggest a button to get back any support his donuts and 7-11 comment may have cost him with Indian-Americans. Something like “It’s morning in Calcutta: Biden in ’08” should do the trick.
This flap won’t hurt Biden’s presidential hopes whatsoever. Why? Because he wasÃ‚Â going to lose anyway. That’s the good news.
Oh well, Indians may be more appreciative than angry, as anything is better than listening toÃ‚Â Biden talk about how he’d rather be making love to his wife while the kids are asleep. Cringe if you like, but frankly, it’s nice to find a politician who’s interested in screwing more than just taxpayers.
There must be something in the air in D.C., because Ted Kennedy feels the same way. “Erra, I’dÃ‚Â rathah be making love to Joe’s wife, too.”
At press time, Apu was unavailable for comment
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