John Hickenlooper's bloopers prove he's vice presidential material

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John Hickenlooper.
National pundits have been touting John Hickenlooper as a potential presidential candidate in 2016, with perhaps a slot as Barack Obama's 2012 running mate as a warm-up. And lately, Hick's been sounding very vice-presidential -- if Obama is looking for a veep as gaffe-daffy as Joe Biden.

The most recent Hickenblooper came on Tuesday, when the governor offered a free-form introduction of Mayor Michael Hancock at the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts luncheon, an intro that was less R-rated (it was a riff on singing in the shower) than it was incomprehensible. A group of black leaders have demanded that Hickenlooper apologize to Hancock -- charging that it was racist to make Hancock a sexual object. But that demand doesn't make any more sense than Hick's botched intro.

Last week's Hickenblooper was a lot easier to parse: He introduced Lieutenant Governor Joe Garcia to a bunch of schoolkids as a "sex star." So far, no Latino groups have demanded an apology for that.

Still, Hickenlooper has a way to go to really give the current veep a run for his funny. Consider these classic Biden blunders:

• At a meeting in Missouri, Biden encouraged lawmaker Chuck Graham -- who is wheelchair-bound -- to "Stand up, Chuck, let 'em see ya."

• At the health-care bill-signing ceremony in March 2010, an open mic caught Biden telling Obama, "This is a big fucking deal!"

• Introducing Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen a few days earlier, Biden said, "His mom lived in Long Island for ten years or so. God rest her soul. And...although, she's --wait -- your mom's still...your mom's still alive. Your dad passed. God bless her soul."

And then there's this classic Bidenism uttered at a New Hampshire town hall meeting in September 2008: "Hillary Clinton is as qualified or more qualified than I am to be vice president of the United States of America. Quite frankly, it might have been a better pick than me."

But only if Obama wanted someone who would be blooper-free. (Find more Bidenisms here.)

Coloradans didn't elect John Hickenlooper governor because he reads from a script -- or runs from a playbook. If someone had come up with a screenplay suggesting Hickenlooper's career trajectory -- from unemployed geologist to brewpub founder to mayor to governor -- no one would have believed it. Hickenlooper is a smart, funny guy, and if his unplugged comments are sometimes loopy, at least they're all his own.

By the way, there were actually awards given at the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts luncheon where Hickenlooper attempted to introduce Hancock. Get details by reading "Colorado Business Committee for the Arts hands out awards...and unexpected entertainment."

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Bob Smith
Bob Smith

Gush, gush, goo goo. Count me with Grandpa; I can't wait for The Hick to scuff his shoe, tug his forelock and Aw Shucks his way out of Colorado politics.

I'm a retired Denver employee who thinks furlough days, as an on-going budget fix - a Hickenlooper legacy - are  cowardice. I know damn well that not everything the City or State does is necessary to its future, nor are all the employees needed. For instance, I'd slash the hell out of Denver planning. Not just for wanting to turn Mile High into an outer-space lighthouse, but for the mess they made out of resurfacing the running trail in Wash Park; too many people, too little real work.

I also believe Hickenlooper neglected his duties as Mayor while chasing bucks for the Dem convention and as a result screwed up Parks and Rec for several years.  Now he's looking at an Olympics?

For all his talk about reforming the DPD discipline matrix, on his way out the door he left us with a Mgr of Safety that should have been a Civil Service Commission Hearing Officer his heart bled so blue.

What, exactly, did Hickenlooper do for Denver, rather than to it? He may be smart and funny but he's not a leader.


The media has got to stop apologizing and defending Hick.  No, we didn't elect him to be Mayor or Governor because he reads from a script.  He can botch the Gettysburg Address for all I care.  But what we DID elect him to do is to LEAD and make the important, though difficult and sometimes unpopular decisions that are required of  our leaders.   Not only does he consistently refuse to take a position on issues or tell us what he stands for (he fears he would 'divide' people by doing so) but as a result, there's very little accomplishment or moving forward.  What I'd like is for you to recite 5 substantive things he has done as Mayor and 5 substantive things he's done as Governor.  Explain to me in one paragraph what he stands for?  We didn't elect Rodney King "can't we all get along" the majority of voters elected someone who thought he would fight for the interests of the State of Colorado.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

The election of Hack as Governor after his appalling failure as Mayor of Denver is an unanswerable indictment of the stupidity, apathy, and gullibility of the voters of Colorado.

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