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Just when you thought you could believe a politician…

Not more than a few minutes after posting our last, um, post – Jimmy Rollins Speaks at White House, Joe Biden Talks About Wife’s Bobblebead (in which the Vice President quipped that the last thing he sees before he falls asleep is Jill's J-Roll™ bobblehead) – one dedicated reader alerted us to an article written a year and a half ago.

It seems Biden has used that line before.

Yahoo! Sports, January, 2011:

[Danny] Briere won’t stump for an All-Star bid, but he has one fan who might have the political clout to make it happen.

“You’re the guy!,” Vice President Joe Biden told Briere when they met in the locker room.

Biden’s wife, Jill, is a diehard Flyers fan and keeps a Briere bobblehead doll on her nightstand. The last face Jill Biden sees at night belongs to a pint-sized, bobbling Briere.

Briere laughed as he said Joe Biden gave him good-natured ribbing for stealing his wife’s attention each day.


And then there was this one from the Wilmington News Journal, just five days later, on January 13, 2011. In Afghanistan:

Biden held court for about 15 minutes with the Delaware troops, "regaling them with stories about his wife's obsession with the Philadelphia Flyers, including her favorite player, Danny Briere," Lee wrote in the pool report. "He said she owns a Briere bobblehead, resting his hands on the troops' shoulders and patting their backs for emphasis as he told various stories."


And here’s what Biden said today, after Rollins introduced the Veep at the launch of a PSA against dating violence:

“I was telling David, he’s a hell of a ballplayer, but I’m getting tired of Jimmy Rollins. My wife is an absolute fanatical Phillies fan, and every night, when I go to bed – true story – if Jill’s awake, I lean over and kiss her good night, and as I turn my head, I look right into a bobblehead of Jimmy Rollins - laughter – sitting on the end table. That’s more than a man should have to take." – more laughter


Either the Second Lady has the most curious, sports blogger desk-esque nightstand in history… or, Biden is full of it. We’ll go with the latter.

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