Chances are Mr. Doocy will soon have his own book. (A deviation of Mr. Biden’s remarks could make for a blunt, if eye-catching, headline.) But in a brief interview on Thursday, he signaled a more conciliatory approach.
“It’s important what people think of me and Biden – to see that we can get on the phone quickly and sort things out, so he and I can talk,” Doocy said. He said he received a huge response to the episode, including calls from his long-lost elementary school classmates.
Mr. Schieffer said that Mr. Biden’s indiscretion reminded him of his days on George McGovern’s 1972 presidential campaign for CBS. The Democratic candidate was greeting voters in Michigan when a local moron began taunting him (as it turned out, to be exact) about how he was about to lose to Richard Nixon.
Mr Schieffer recalls: “McGovern called him over, loud enough for us to hear, saying, ‘Hey, kiss my ass.
It would take about 15 seconds in today’s world for such an unprotected comment to begin to empty discussions on Twitter and CNN. Instead, political reporters “spend the afternoon, the rest of the day, trying to figure out if we can use the word ‘ass’ in our reports.”
(Time, in its own account about the McGovern incident, which took place in Battle Creek, Mich., in November 1972, called the candidate’s remarks “a vulgarism.” And like Mr. Biden, McGovern later expressed regret, telling a journalist, “In this country, we need a little more courtesy, and I’m going to train myself a little more. “)
Mr. Schieffer, who still contributes to CBS from time to time but is spending a lot of time drawing, said that in the end, Mr. Biden’s indiscretion “wasn’t that big of a deal.”
“In the course of American history,” he said, “this isn’t going to be a lot of second-day games, if you know what I mean.”
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