No, it's not a direct quote. If it was a direct quote, it would have been five paragraphs long. OK, OK mean of me. He's gotten much better; now it only takes Biden two paragraphs to get to the point.
As Election Day looms just over two weeks away, Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., said Saturday that with Republicans firing "vicious" and "dangerous" attacks at Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., voters are "having a difficult time" opting for the man who would become the nation's first African American president.
"Undecided people are having a difficult time just culturally making the change, making the move for the first African American president in the history of the United States of America," the Democratic vice-presidential nominee said at a San Francisco fundraiser Saturday evening. "So we need to respond. We need to respond at the moment, immediately, not wait, not hang around, not assume any of this won't stick." H/T Ace, who notes two things. First off, Biden's referring to about 10% of the population there. Actually, he's really referring to at least 55% of the population, once you factor in all those Republicans who aren't voting for Obama, either (although I suppose that we're all regretfully damned already, poor us). Second, Biden's dropping one heck of a hint about this week:
"Mark my words, you're going to see these polls drop this week," Biden forecasted. "We got a bump. We're going to be in good shape. You're going to see them drop. There's nothing automatic about this at all."
Well, I guess that we'll see, Senator. I suspect that this wasn't a Joe Biden Opens His Mouth moment, either.
PS: And while we're on the subject of "...having these rallies where people are showing up saying, you know, the things they're saying - I don't even want to repeat them -- it's not a healthy thing." - may I refer you to this and this?
Yes, I'll wait until you check with the Obama campaign to find out what you think about them, Senator. Indeed, I expected it.