Joe Biden’s relevant political timeline

The Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden, has been in politics for most of his adult life – 47 years. Check out some of the most relevant landmarks of his political career below. I’ve also included parts of his personal life in the timeline, as I would imagine some *Hunter Biden* will pop up during some or all of the debates.

I can die a happy man never having been president of the United States of America. But it doesn’t mean I won’t run.

Joe Biden

November 7, 1972 – wins a seat in the Senate, age 29 years old, sworn in after his 30th birthday

June 17, 1977 – marries Jill Jacobs

June 9, 1987 – declares a run for U.S. President

September 23, 1987 – withdraws Presidential run amid accusations of speech plagiarism

February 1988 – has surgery for first brain aneurysm

May 1988- another surgery for second aneurysm – Jill Biden: “Our doctor told us there was a 50-50 chance Joe wouldn’t survive surgery. He also said that it was even more likely that Joe would have permanent brain damage if he survived. And if any part of his brain would be adversely affected, it would be the area that governed speech.”

January 31, 2007 – declares 2nd run for U.S. President

January 3, 2008 – withdraws Presidential run

August 22, 2008 – named as running mate for Barack Obama

November 4, 2008 – elected Vice President with Obama as President

November 6, 2012 – re-elected as VP with Obama as President

May 2014 – Hunter, Joe’s 2nd son, becomes board member of Burisma Holdings (a Ukraine gas company)

May 2014 – Joe Biden has Ukrainian prosecutor removed from office, possibly related to Burisma Holdings

May 5, 2015 – son Beau dies of brain cancer

October 2015 – decides not to run for U.S. President for election in 2016

January 12, 2017 – presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barak Obama

April 25, 2019 – announces 3rd run for U.S. President

August 11, 2020 – names Kamala Harris as his Vice President

November 3, 2020 – ??

In a couple of months the last date on this timeline will be known, but until then, thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness

Joe Biden now has a VP choice and she’s not African-American…

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Early on I thought Biden’s running mate would be Amy Klobuchar but as of today, August 11, 2020, Biden’s VP selection is Kamala Harris. Here is why I thought it might be Amy K. Her Democratic debate highlights include a constant push to without telling anyone how to spell Klobuchar.

I’m not saying her hard-to-spell last name is what kept her from the VP spot, but I’m also not NOT saying that. Kamala is a little easier to spell, just remember consonant, vowel, consonant, vowel, and keep going till you have it.

In this post I’ve been careful not to imply Biden has personally selected his VP, because I’m not sure at all that he’s the one making the call. Maybe I’m just being sinister (I’m left-handed, after all), but could there be puppet masters running the show over at the Democratic party? I hope (and based on my friends, I can say I know there are some) Democrats do have good intentions but I think the Democrat politician is different than the Democrat civilian.

So now we have a somewhat familiar player in the game… Kamala Harris. She was born in Oakland, California in 1964 to an Indian mother and a Jamaican father. She’ll probably be categorized as the first black woman to run on a major ticket, although it appears as though she’s Indian-Jamaican and as politically incorrect as it is to say, well, American.

How do you feel about the Democratic Vice President selection? Will this help or hurt Biden’s bid for President? Chime in below!

-Out of the Wilderness


We are a country of cry babies – including the Emmy’s

When did we become a nation full of whiny children? And I’m talking about the adults! Just the other day I was driving around downtown Nashville and passed a group of protesters who have been camped out near the Capitol for something like 50 or 60 days. To be clear, I’m in full support of everyone’s right to believe/say/live how they want but the way a lot of angry people go about things these days is absurd. Like these camping protesters. They’ve demanded a meeting with the Tennessee governor (among other demands) to which he said he will not be meeting with them. And good for him! There is a proper way to go about having your voice heard in a way that actually can change things. If you don’t like a statue, immature children think, “I’ll just knock it down.” Adults should know better.

It’s like me wanting my beagle to “sit and shake.” When I say, “Piper, sit,” and she doesn’t do it, no amount of whining or making signs or pouting or camping out near her food dish is going to change anything. It takes discipline, rules, and the proper method to teach her to sit. Then to teach her to shake. Whining doesn’t help anything.

Unless you’re the dog.

“The squeaky wheel gets the grease,” right? Well, sometimes the squeaky wheel is just annoying and gets replaced with a new wheel.

If you want change, figure out how to make it happen the right way, not by being lazy and expecting everything to be the way you want it right now. Maybe it’s a problem because basically everything we have in America is “on demand.” When cry babies don’t get what they want when they want it, they cry. Because they’re cry babies. It’s what babies that cry do.

Moving on to the recent Emmy nominations (nominees are submitted by their peers, or even submitted by themselves), there is a little bit of whining going on about the lack of Latin nominees this year. One year it’s black folks, the next year it’s gay folks, I guess this is the year for Latin nominees to be the poster children for social justice.

Well, guess what? It’s their own friends and co-workers who are voting or not voting for them. That’s Hollywood, folks. Hollywood is as liberal as it gets, generally speaking, so maybe, just maybe, nominees and winners should be selected on the quality of their work, not the color of their skin or their heritage? Just an idea.

It’s like Joe Biden’s determination to have a black woman as his VP for the upcoming election. Does that smack of patronization? Why not just pick the best person for the job? It could be a man, a woman, black, white, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, trans, whatever! Just choose someone who will do the best work as Vice President. With the Emmy’s… vote for who you think is the best person in any particular category? If they’re black, yay! If they’re Hispanic, yay! If they’re white, yay! Let’s celebrate the best (as if I cared about the popularity contest anyway :/ ).

How’s that for a rant? What are your thoughts on any of these topics? Feel free to chime in with a comment below!

-Out of the Wilderness

Why do politicians always say they “approve this message”?

It’s an election year so you know exactly what that means. More ads on TV than we can handle promoting this politician or that one. For so many years, most of these ads conclude with, “I’m so and so, and I approve this message.”

I’ve never really looked into it and maybe you have, but in case you haven’t I’ll share my findings now.

Basically, since 2002 it’s required by law (“Stand By Your Ad” provision) for a candidate to use the language in any ad they produce for television. It’s supposed to keep politicians from getting into mudslinging when it comes to their competition. It’s the idea that I, running for a certain office, wouldn’t want to associate myself with an ad that calls my opponent a hurtful name or says something personal or too dramatic about them, so because I must include my name, I’ll keep the ad from being too aggressive or dirty. If you want more details about this, click here for a good article about it all.

There ya have it! That’s the reason for the next 9 months we’ll be hearing this day in and day out. If you’re like me, you don’t exactly care to hear it and it’s more annoying than anything else.

Anyway, thanks for stopping by to check out this post. My name is Ben, and I approve this post.

-Out of the Wilderness

Joe Biden tells woman to “shush”

EDIT: After further clarification, he actually tells her to “shush, shush” but the rest of the post still applies, the title has been updated with “shush” instead of “hush.”  

I’m not sure if this little outburst from Joe Biden will blow up, but when I heard it I was taken aback. You’d think in the era in which we find ourselves that a power move like this would be strongly condemned by women and men alike…

The context of when he said “shush, shush” definitely plays a part in his overall sassy attitude, as he’s being confronted by a dude talking about the second amendment, but if I were the woman I’d be pretty embarrassed.

How do you feel about this clip? Do you think Biden owes her an apology? Does the moment deserve a public explanation? Chime in below!

-Out of the Wilderness