WASHINGTON — The White House might be trying to reach out to more millenials across platforms, but Vice President Joe Biden isn’t a fan of some social media.
“I’m Joe Biden and I don’t like Twitter either,” he said Friday at a memorial service for former Reagan press secretary-turned gun control advocate Jim Brady.
Biden had several light-hearted moments throughout his remarks remembering Brady, who died earlier this year.
“My staff asked me whether I wanted a teleprompter,” Biden said. “As the president said, ‘I’m learning to speak without a prompter, and Joe’s learning to speak with one.'”
Biden periodically relied on written notes throughout the speech, though it was apparent that true to form, a large fraction of his 15 minute long comments was casual and off-script.
Biden did have more serious moments, toward the end of the speech, when he talked about gun control, for which Brady became widely known after he survived a shooting attempt in 1981. Both Brady and President Reagan, who was targeted in the assassination attempt, were hospitalized.
“It is my hope that we may all eventually, in a not too distant future, live up to the legacy of Jim and finally get done what he worked so hard to do,” Biden said on the gun control fight in Washington. “Seventy five percent of the American people agree with us. What we need is another Jim Brady who has the skill to convince those who are afraid who walk the halls of Congress to step up and do what they know is right. One will come along. It will happen. Pray God it’s sooner rather than later.”
He ended the remarks on a lighter, self-deprecating note, directing his quip to Brady’s children who were sitting in the audience: “You know your father’s lookin’ down wondering ‘why the Hell I talk so long.'”