Joe Biden's Bin Laden Mad Libs

Elspeth Reeve
April 27, 2012
Joe Biden's Bin Laden Mad Libs

Joe Biden's best line in the 2008 Democratic primary was that Rudy Giuliani's entire campaign was "a noun, a verb, and bin Laden 9/11." In the vice president's foreign policy speech Thursday, he attacked Mitt Romney as being unable to match President Obama's decisiveness as commander-in-chief. In doing so, he said "bin Laden" 12 times.

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We expect "a noun, a verb, and bin Laden" to be a significant block of Biden's speeches from now until November. To give his speechwriters a little break, we've created Biden's bin Laden Mad Libs. 

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Three and a half years ago, when President Obama and I took office, and __(past tense verb)__ into that Oval Office, our __(noun)__ had been engaged in two __(plural noun)__ for the better part of a decade.  __(Noun)__  was __(adjective)__ and Osama bin Laden was __(adjective)__...

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If you’re looking for a bumper sticker to sum up how President Obama has __(past tense verb)__ what we inherited, it’s pretty __(adjective)__:  Osama bin Laden is __(adjective)__  and General Motors is __(adjective)__...

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But I think nothing speaks more __(adverb)__ to the differences between President Obama and Governor Romney than one of the defining __(noun)__ in the past __(number)__ years, the __(noun)__ for Osama bin Laden.  In 2008, while campaigning for the __(noun)__, Governor Romney was asked what __(noun)__ would __(verb)__ about bin Laden. 

Let me tell you exactly what he said, and I quote.  He said, “there would be very __(adjective)__ increase in __(noun)__...",  then he went to say, “if Bin Laden brought to __(noun)__.”  ...

He then went on to say, “it’s not worth moving __(noun)__ and __(noun)__, spending billions of __(plural noun)__ just to __(verb)__ one person.”

Here’s how __(adjective)__ Obama answered that question.  He said, “If I __(verb)__ Osama bin Laden in our __(noun)__, I will __(verb)__ him __(preposition)__.  I will __(verb)__ bin Laden.  We will __(verb)__  __(terrorist noun)__.  This has to be our biggest __(noun)__ priority."...

On this __(adjective)__ issue, we know what President Obama did.  We can’t say for certain what Governor Romney would have done.  But we can say that, unlike Governor Romney, the __(adjective)__ people believe, and I quote, “It was worth moving __(noun)__ and __(noun)__ to __(verb)__ bin Laden.”

I said before thanks to President Obama, bin Laden __(verb)__ __(adjective)__ and General Motors is __(adjective)__.  You have to ask yourself, if Governor Romney had been __(noun)__, could he have used the same slogan –- in reverse?  People are going to make that judgment.  It’s a __(adjective)__ thing to __(verb)__ on.


Update: As a commenter notes, Biden said "a noun, a verb, and 9/11" -- not "a noun, a verb, and bin Laden." Our apologies. But the  theme is the same.