Joe Biden might not always have a compelling or coherent answer for voters, but he doesn’t have a hard time committing to virtually anything that’s asked of him.
The Washington Free Beacon has a montage of the agreeable 77-year-old for your enjoyment.
“Absolutely yes, I commit,” Biden said last week during a virtual town hall on MSNBC. In this particular case, the former vice president was responding to a voter who asked whether he would commit to “not pulling a President Ford” and issuing a pardon to President Trump “under the pretense of healing the nation.” As usual, it wasn’t entirely clear whether Biden understood the question.
Over the course of his improbably successful presidential campaign, Biden has made numerous on-the-spot pledges in response to questions from journalists and voters. For example, Biden has promised to “sacrifice” economic growth to fight climate change, punish “senior Saudi leaders,” oversee a “responsible phase-out of fossil fuel production,” and never fire an inspector general as president. Free health care for illegal immigrants? Sure, why not.
Biden is also partial to answering multi-part questions with multiple uses of the word “yes.” It’s clearly one of his favorite words—easy to remember and pronounce. He’s committed—to commitment. He’ll agree so long as the questions are easy. If they’re not, Biden has a tendency to get cranky and lash out, for example, by telling black voters they “ain’t black” unless they support him.