“I’m the least qualified man here tonight,” Vice President Joe Biden said tonight at the 88th Academy Awards as he was given a standing ovation from Hollywood A-listers and undoubtedly more than a few Democratic donors who wish he was running for President. “Despite significant progress over the last few years, too many woman and men on and off college campuses are still victims of sexual abuse,” the Veep told industry power players and the tens of millions watching on TV. “Tonight, I’m asking you to join millions of Americans including me, President Obama, the thousands of students I’ve met on college campuses and the artists here tonight to take the pledge.”
The VP was at the Oscars on Sunday to introduce Lady Gaga’s performance of the performance of Best Original Song nominee “Til It Happens To You” from the documentary The Hunting Ground. It lost the Oscar to “Writing’s on the Wall” from Spectre.
“The pledge says I will intervene in situations where consent has not or can not be given,” Biden said. “Let’s change the culture, we must and we can change the culture.”
— Vice President Biden (@VP) February 29, 2016
Long scheduled to be in California this weekend to address the state’s Democratic Convention yesterday in San Jose, Biden’s appearance at the Oscars was virtually a state secret up until last week. However, sources tell me it has been in the making for several weeks. His wife Dr. Jill Biden, who walked the red carpet earlier tonight, joined the Vice President at the Dolby Theatre. The duo arrived in L.A. on Saturday evening with the usual extensive road closures and high security – as when the Veep whipped over to Hollywood and Highland tonight.
— VP Biden Live (@VPLive) February 29, 2016
Co-authored by Gaga and Diane Warren, “Til It Happens To You” is part of the controversial Kirby Dick-directed and Amy Ziering-produced docu about campus sexual assault highlights. The man who might have been Barack Obama’s successor was in town and on stage at the Dolby tonight to advocating that Hollywood and huge TV audience log on to the administration’s campaign to stop such horror at itsonus.org. The issue is not new as a priority to the VP. As a Senator, Biden was one of the co-authors of the 1994 Violence Against Women Act.
No word on what Oscar parties the Armani wearing Veep and Dr. Biden are attending but being they’re in town until tomorrow morning expect the Second Couple to be hitting at least one hot spot tonight – so I’ve heard. Looks like MPAA head and Biden’s former Senate colleague Chris Dodd will be hitching a ride back to D.C. on Air Force 2 tomorrow.