Awful: VP Biden nixes annual summer beach party for journalist pals

Yes, really, my dear readers. Please make sure to have your Kleenex tissues handy:

Vice President Joe Biden canceled his annual beach party this summer, Politico reported on Monday.

The decision ends a three-year tradition of Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, who have in the past invited top staffers and journalists to their Naval Observatory home for the summer event. Previous parties have created great photo ops, including a epic Super Soaker fight. Past invited guests have included CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and MSNBC’s Chris Matthews.

An official explanation for Biden’s decision to cancel the annual summer bash has not yet been given, though conservative blogs were quick to suggest that the scandals currently putting the administration on defense must have something to do with it.

You better believe it did.  Bryan Preston quips:

The media abuse, IRS abuse and Benghazi can’t be reasons? The veep not wanting to do anything high-profile while those scandals are swirling can’t be reasons? Has the White House muzzled Gaffetastic Joe as it finds itself on defense in a three-front war?

Maybe Eric Holder told Politico why Biden canceled his party at that off-the-record, closed-door meeting on press freedom last week, but darn it, they just can’t report or speculate on it now.

*chuckles*  These things truly just write themselves sometimes ….

Joe Biden and journalists
Photo of 2010 Biden-journalists gathering courtesy of Salon.

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