Biden at side, Grayson rips on Cheney, Palin
Pool report at the fundraiser in Orlando for Rep. Alan Grayson:
In introducing the vice president, Grayson killed the Democratic-friendly audience by reeling off a series of jokes about former Vice President Dick Cheney having given Biden a tour of the White House "dungeon" and its torture rack.
Grayson also riffed on how Cheney made Biden nervous because the former veep "liked to shoot old men in the face" and invited Biden to "go water boarding" with him.
Grayson joked that Biden decided to take the vice presidential slot "because he could see Philadelphia from his front porch," a knock on Republican Sarah Palin's claim she had foreign policy experience because she could see Russia from her home state of Alaska.
Grayson even goofed about seeing the "real change in power" going from Vice President Cheney to Vice President Biden, a knock on the contention that former President Bush often deferred to his number two.
Biden played along with the goofs, but said Grayson was a "lousy comedian" who may have flown on Air Force Two back down to Orlando today, but he was going to have to take the train back to Washington.
Grayson held his hands to his face in mock horror
And as far as who is really running the show in the White House, Biden said, "He's the president, I'm the vice president. We've got the pecking order in this administration right."
"I know George Bush, and he's no Barack Obama," Biden said.
Unlike Kosmas' stand-up luncheon fare, Grayson had 18 tables set up for a sit-down chicken Caesar salad lunch.
Biden reminded those attending the $1,000-a-plate event that his own son is in Iraq, and it meant that much more to him that Grayson, D-Orlando, waged legal fights against defense contractors "stealing from the United States government and doing a shoddy job protecting our sons and daughters."
"We owe you one buddy," Biden said to Grayson. "This is a guy who doesn't back away from a fight, and doesn't back down from what he believes in."
-- David Damron, Orlando Sentinel