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Biden takes Geithner joke to the bank, as Obama is busy defending him

BY James Gordon Meek


Sunday, March 22nd 2009, 1:01 PM


Bad timing? Joe Biden takes a knock at Geithner, while Obama’s busy defending him.

WASHINGTON – Vice President Joe Biden took a tongue-in-cheek shot at Team Obama’s money man Saturday, joking that Tim Geithner coughs up cash “no questions asked.”

Biden’s quip at the white-tie press dinner hosted by the exclusive Gridiron Club came amid questions about the Treasury secretary’s involvement in legislation allowing AIG execs to pocket $165 million in bonuses from taxpayers’ bailout funds.

“I am the experienced veteran,” Biden said at the dinner, the Politico reported. Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel “can be an enforcer, and Tim Geithner is always there when you need to borrow money – “no questions asked.”

Obama was the first president since Grover Cleveland to skip the dinner, an annual opportunity for Beltway bigshots to lampoon each other.

“[Obama] can’t be here tonight, because he’s busy getting ready for Easter,” Biden said. Speaking in a whisper, he added, “He thinks it’s about him.”

In a dig at his powerful predecessor, Biden quipped, “You know how the outgoing president always leaves the incoming president a note in his desk? I opened my drawer and Dick Cheney had left me Barack Obama’s birth certificate.”

Biden also took jabs at himself and at his press hosts.

“I’m going to be brief. Talk about the ‘audacity of hope,'” the notoriously long-winded pol joked.

Turning to the suffering newspaper business, he disagreed with those who say they’re obsolete. “I recently got a puppy, and you can’t housebreak a puppy on the Internet,” Biden said.

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