Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a community event at the National Motorcycle Museum, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Anamosa, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Barack Panderer

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, seemingly desperate to get some love from the man who selected him as vice president, said for the second time in recent weeks he would appoint former President Barack Obama to the United States Supreme Court if he would take the job.

"Yeah, I would," he said in an Iowa campaign hall last week in answer to a voter's question, "but I don't think he'd do it. He'd be a great Supreme Court justice."

Someone, apparently not understanding, asked which Obama Biden was referring to.

The former president, he said. He said he "sure would like Michelle [Obama] to be the vice president. They're both incredibly qualified people. I mean, and they're such decent, honorable people."

He made similar remarks about the former first lady last September, and late last year he told other Iowans of his Supreme Court desire.

Neither the Obamas nor many of their intimates have backed Biden, and the former president has publicly said Biden lacks an "intimate bond" with voters.


Ice Cream Panderer

A YouGov/Out magazine poll late last year said U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, was the Democratic presidential nomination favorite of LGBTQ voters, followed by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, and former Vice President Joe Biden. Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who is openly gay, was fourth.

But wait, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg wants in on the action. Last week, he released an ad — part of his $225 million-plus spending on ads — of him wondering where his ice cream was. Then he is handed a pint. "Mmmh ...," he says, "Big Gay Ice Cream is the best."

Big Gay Ice Cream, which has among its flavors Salty Pimp and American Globs, owns and operates three stores in New York City.

In the same week, Bloomberg released an ad touting his support among dogs in New York — "Dogs Fur Mike" — with the dogs lip-syncing their praise for him. The last dog says, "I like Mike. I lick Mike."

The ad came one day after Bloomberg was castigated for appearing to shake a dog's mouth instead of its paw during an event in Vermont.

He also made a $10 million ad buy in Sunday's Super Bowl targeting President Donald Trump.


Do as I say, not as I do

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, a candidate for her party's presidential nomination, promised last week not to spread fake news online with a tweet publicizing her plan to hold technology companies responsible for spreading misinformation.

A Warren administration, she said, would impose "tough civil and criminal penalties" on companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google for spreading such things.

"So today," she tweeted, "I'm making a pledge: I will not knowingly use or spread disinformation to benefit my own candidacy or damage others. And I will fight disinformation aimed at my campaign, my opponents, and voters."

Certainly Warren would know about spreading disinformation.

In just one example, in a tweet last fall, she said Facebook and President Donald Trump — apparently based on a meeting Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had with the president — were brainstorming ways to thwart the will of the people.

Warren didn't mention if she was starting her pledge with her new tweet or was just sending it out with her fingers crossed behind her back.


Gallup-ing ahead

It could mean extremely bad news for the Democratic nominee in the 2020 presidential election, but a recent Gallup poll found that Americans' satisfaction with race relations have climbed 14% since Donald Trump became president.

The state of satisfaction with race relations was 22% when Barack Obama, America's first black president, left office. Now it is 36%.

The poll also showed gains of 22% in the state of the nation's economy, 18% in the nation's security from terrorism, 15% in the nation's military strength and preparedness, 9% each in the nation's policies to reduce or control crime and the position of blacks and other racial minorities in the nation, 8% in the way income and wealth are distributed in the U.S., and 6% in the opportunity for a person in this nation to get ahead by working hard.

Since Trump became president, unemployment for black and Hispanic Americans reached all-time lows.

Still, Democratic claims that the president or his policies are racist persist.

Trump received about 8% of the black vote in 2016, but it appears likely that will increase this November.