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Joe Biden Cancels HRC Dinner Speech Over Government Shutdown

BidenVice President Joe Biden has canceled his keynote speech to the Human Rights Campaign on Saturday, the AP reports :

Biden was scheduled to deliver the keynote address to about 3,400 people at the Human Rights Campaign's annual dinner on Saturday. It's the nation's biggest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights group, and gay and lesbian activists were among President Barack Obama's most loyal supporters during his re-election campaign.

But the partial shutdown of the federal government has led Obama and now Biden to cancel a number of events. Obama canceled an appearance at a glitzy Congressional Hispanic Caucus event Wednesday and has scaled back his upcoming trip to Asia.

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  1. Cancelling a dinner for the HRC is silly. These people are allies of the administration, no doubt many if not most voted for Obama/Biden in 08 & 12. I doubt the Veep would be out of reach @ the dinner, not like it's in a foreign country. If he's worried about "appearances", the haters on Faux News & tea baggers everywhere will still hate, but @ least supporters would be happy, & knowing Joe, he can use the dinner to zap orange man & that Canadian Cruz.

    Posted by: Russ | Oct 3, 2013 11:52:07 AM

  2. Not all supporters are rich Democrats. How exactly do you think it would look for Biden to attend this glitzy dinner while government services are shut down?

    Posted by: RJ | Oct 3, 2013 12:07:41 PM

  3. Now if they would only shut down the HRC. All they seem to do is put on these glitzy dinners for wealthy folks to kiss ass and then claim any successes of other legit GLBT orgs as their own successes, when they actually did nothing. I like Chad Griffin, and have hope that he can make HRC relevant, but he's got an uphill battle.

    Posted by: graphicjack | Oct 3, 2013 12:22:44 PM

  4. Oh, that man is such an inspirational speaker. Too bad! Boo hoo....

    Posted by: PJ | Oct 3, 2013 12:31:26 PM

  5. "Oh, that man is such an inspirational speaker. Too bad! Boo hoo...."

    Well, be snarky if you'd like, but I think he's a likable speaker, and he was the one who first "came out" for same sex marriage in this, or any, administration.

    But I get how they need to scale back these things while the Tea Party plays its games.

    Posted by: tranquilo | Oct 3, 2013 12:59:54 PM

  6. And they call _us_ drama queens.

    Posted by: Hagatha | Oct 3, 2013 1:08:21 PM

  7. No, Hagatha. What they call you and all the other aliases of Rick trolls. See the difference?

    Posted by: Tyler | Oct 3, 2013 1:32:04 PM

  8. This is wrong-headed. Democrats will need their friends to ensure they don't get the blame for this shutdown.

    Posted by: Randy | Oct 3, 2013 4:53:13 PM

  9. Actually, it's not silly or wrong-headed. Just try to imagine what Republicans would say if they went to these events:

    "The American people are suffering because of the shutdown and instead of working to find a solution, Obama and Biden are attending black-tie fundraisers."

    Posted by: alex | Oct 3, 2013 5:31:59 PM

  10. is this the shutdown resulting in secret service being scaled back? that would make complete sense.

    Posted by: my2cents | Oct 3, 2013 7:36:58 PM

  11. He's trying to stay out of sight. Haven't you figured out manipulative politics yet? This man has his PhD in Bull----.

    Posted by: BeGone | Oct 7, 2013 11:50:56 PM

  12. A government shutdown should not phase Biden. He provides no government. And if you believe that "Biden suggested gay marriage" BS story, you really are deluded. He was just making it "safe" for Obama. It was all politics. You won't find either spending any time with homosexuals. Obama wanted that "helping a minority" under his belt.

    Posted by: TV | Oct 8, 2013 11:58:19 PM

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