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POLL: VP Biden's Memo Misspells 'Rhode Island' — Forgivable?

Vote in our poll and sound off in the comments.


Critics and supporters alike were taken aback Tuesday when a White House memo describing Vice President Joe Biden's travels this week mentioned an upcoming visit to New England.

According to Tuesday's Washington Post article, an advisory from Biden's White House office states that the vice president plans to go to Boston, Manchester and then "Providence Road Island" on Thursday to attend campaign events.

Does this oversight upset you or will you add it to the "No one knows anything about Rhode Island" file? You know, the one that says RI is part of New York? Vote and tell us in the comments.

Jim February 23, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Even the republicans misspell; Rick Santorum recently spelled a town in Minnesota as Bimidji vs. Bemidji.
Govstench February 24, 2012 at 01:11 AM
They (he) could have nailed it with "Rogues Island."
NKGOP Watch February 24, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Remember, this is Joe Biden. If he DIDNT screw something up, I would suspect we were dealing with an impostor.
mark henricks February 24, 2012 at 04:58 AM
I really don't know who this Joe Biteme man is. I guess he is some gov't official? anyways, Rhode island is my home and I love it. No joke. I could not love a human baby more than i love RI.
mark henricks February 24, 2012 at 04:59 AM
P.S. Any chance Joe can take Chafee back to Washington and keep him there?
Frank Castellone February 24, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Are you really surprised at Joe? Let's re-elect "Obama" so we can continue down this road.... What have we allowed ourselves to become? gotta love it!!!
Small Change February 24, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Obviously it's 'forgivable' and of itself not worth discussion. However it does reinforce a more significant point- the VP becomes the party's obvious choice for presidential candidate once the current Pres can no longer run.. Sen. Biden is not electable as a President. (Whether that's fair or not isn't the issue.) Does Pres Obama keep him as VP, or select someone like Mrs. Clinton who could make a good run for the Presidency in four years?
The Chorus February 24, 2012 at 01:23 PM
If Dick Cheney (more specifically his staff) had made the same mistake if he was here campaigning for Carcieri, it would be a much bigger story here in RI. No question - the Projo would have had a field day . That said, putting political affiliations aside, is it really a big deal? No. Just another in the long list of Bidenisms...
Pierre Fontaine February 24, 2012 at 02:37 PM
To be fair though, I might have a problem spelling Bimidji. I've never heard of it before and you certainly couldn't figure out how to spell it phonetically. However, there really is no excuse for the mis-spelling if someone on Santorum's staff is doing their job properly. It seems to me that mis-spelling Rhode Island is a mistake on a totally other level. Rhode Island is a state of the union one of the original thirteen colonies! Rhode Island has a place in US history and is certainly part of the US population's public consciousness, even if it is an extremely small part. I do believe that this mistake is the result of someone over-zealously using a spell checker while compiling the document in question. The fact that no one proof-read this document and corrected the mistake beforehand points to a certain lack of finesse and respect, in my humble opinion.
WoonSam February 24, 2012 at 02:57 PM
He's got writers/secretaries. It most likely wasn't him. However, it is inexcusable that anyone working for the government misspell a state name, in my opinion.
NKtaxPAyerAlso February 24, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Luckily all of us are perfect, and have never miss spelled anything. All I have to say is George Bush..... lol Enough said. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBm5ZSWbD14
NKRI Transparency February 24, 2012 at 03:49 PM
....and with Gov Chafee we have much to be proud of
Kevin Campopiano February 24, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Shutter Island
NKtaxPAyerAlso February 24, 2012 at 04:12 PM
His father would be so proud. Maybe not. Poor guy is slow, we shouldn't make fun of him.
NKRI Transparency February 24, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Kind of thinking the same regarding Bush sr / jr
Howard Goebel February 24, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Dan Quayle was ridiculed, where is the press on this?????
Ross Stapleton-Gray February 24, 2012 at 09:33 PM
To be fair, Quayle's gaffe was particularly noteworthy, as he was pointedly "correcting" a child who'd spelled "potato"... you've got an amusing word, a kid, and an adult taking pains to draw attention to the situation... a perfect storm of goofballitude. Biden is also regularly lampooned on Saturday Night Live as an overeager buffoon, so he's getting his turn.
Erin B. February 24, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Anyone who took to the first option clearly doesn't know how day to day political publicity works. There is very little chance that Biden ever saw, let alone wrote, that memo. Should the staffer/intern have been more careful and relied less on spell check? You bet. I'm sure that the person responsible was either reprimanded or replaced. Frankly, I wish that the populace would get this riled up over just about anything else in the political sphere rather than speculating as to if someone in office may or may not have been responsible for a typo on a memo. Have an opinion here, by all means; this is just mine. I simply implore you to raise your voices on issues that matter as well!
Still Hope February 25, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Misspellers of the World, Untie!
Henry Jacobs February 25, 2012 at 12:59 AM
G. W. Bush you say. That explains everything to me. Since GWs presidency I have had this pain in my left shoulder. Damm that guy....
Henry Jacobs February 25, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Yes Erin, that's the problem. We give passes to our elected officials. NO MORE PASSES... Please... If you take command you are in charge, you take the HIT for everything that comes out of your office.... Everything... Last election we elected a "rock star". We can't afford to do it again.
mcam February 25, 2012 at 02:50 PM
You must remember if he did write it, he suffered with a brain tumor in his 40's. It could simply be how he sees it now..
linus February 25, 2012 at 03:07 PM
It is understandable that Biden spelled "Road" Island incorrectly. After all, according to Obama, we are the smallest of the 57 states... LOL!!!
Erin B. February 25, 2012 at 04:43 PM
I stand by my original statement. Forgiveness of a typo likely written by a staffer whose JOB it is to make sure that they don't occur (see also: delegation) is hardly giving an elected official a "pass." Like I said, reprimand or even fire the staffer/intern. There are INFINITELY more important things than a typo that we should be indignant, disgusted, and outright unforgiving about with regards to those in all corners of government.
Right of center February 25, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Bigger than that Erin... Bigger than that. Wake up and read about his dumb statements. Well maybe you have never heard people say "that's Joe being Joe". I guess I hold our elected officials to a higher standard. Another pass by another liberal? Hmmm
Erin B. February 25, 2012 at 06:24 PM
I'm not saying that Biden doesn't have a certain reputation. He does and I sigh every time something silly comes out from him directly, as I do with anyone. However, it should be pointed out that this country has shown tolerance and even preference to "down home" behaviors over what is perceived as lofty and educated speech in the past. The favorable opinion of Bush Jr's demeanor has shown us that. Is it ok? No. All I'm saying is to a) put blame where it belongs, b) be fair in judgement about the same issues regardless of which side of the aisle someone is on, and c) judge a bit more on important actions than frivolous words.
Right of center February 25, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Amen Erin, Amen
RhodyRams71 February 26, 2012 at 04:23 AM
agree, parents make good school districts more than anything else. If you don't like your public school move to a town where parents are educated and engaged.
PM JONES March 11, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Best comment. Period.
PM JONES March 11, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Not enough. It's inexcusable for anyone who graduated from grammar school to misspell a state name. Especially when the state is 1) the smallest, 2) one of the original 13 colonies, and 3) is not part of New York.

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