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Joe Biden's Plane, High-Flying Muppet Show

Between desperate attempts to pull the candidate's foot out of his mouth, aides traveling with Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden are all fun and games.

The Biden plane has become an airborne comedy show. And on a plane where the average age is 33, two political veterans traveling with the Delaware senator stand out -- not just for their age, but for their zany wit.

The duo and seatmates are veteran press wrangler Sam Myers Sr. and Mark Doyle, both legendary advance gurus for Bill Clinton. Myers, who runs his own political advance firm in Washington, is Biden's logistics man; Doyle, a Chicagoan who co-owns a Windy City steakhouse, is the ever present body man.

Their non-stop pranks and corny two-man comedic banter -- and yes, their age -- have earned them the nicknames "Waldorf and Statler," so dubbed for the curmudgeonly, uproarious duo from the "The Muppet Show."

Even the reporters seem to be getting a kick out Waldorf and Statler. Last night, according to one source on the plane, a photographer emailed around a photo to aides on the Biden plane with the subject line "nice shot of Sam and Mark on the plane."

When everyone clicked on the photo link, here's what came up:


And with Sam "Waldorf" Myers celebrating his 58th birthday today as Biden travels from Pennsylvania to Rhode Island to Milwaukee, there'll no doubt be plenty more jokes to come -- maybe even at Myers' expense, if body man "Statler" Doyle, 51, has anything to do with it.

"Forget 'The Muppets Take Manhattan,' this is one sequel that's better than the original: 'The Muppets Take Back America' -- one laugh at a time!" Biden campaign spokesman David Wade told us when asked why two muppets were traveling with the senator.

One laugh at a time, one gaffe at a time, it's all good.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  September 25, 2008; 5:50 PM ET
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Posted by: Mike Henry | September 25, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

I'm cringing.... I'm 52 and wondering when did 51 become The Age of Curmudgeon.

Rushing to the storse now to get my Grecian formula and a Corvette.

Posted by: SkyPete | September 25, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

No left wing media bias here. It's all fun and games because see, America intrinsically trusts some candidates. It's just some other candidates where we parse and stretch every utterance for the slightest tint of possible concern and inflate it to headline proportions almost daily.

But hey, it's ok, Fact Check proved there was no bias. Nothing to see here, move along.

Posted by: Vern | September 26, 2008 8:39 AM | Report abuse

where are all lib comments about non change of the obama/biden campaign using the old time party hacks of the clintons who are not new towashington.

Posted by: bob | September 26, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

In between the good times, ask Biden to comment on his Freddie/Fannie Mae ties, his co-opting of Neil Kinnock's works and identity, his pandering to AIPAC and his labelling by the Jerusalem Post as a Zionist without being a Jew.

Posted by: | September 26, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

What a pack of banal nauseating tripe. This is exactly the kind of information Americans need to make up thier mind in a Presidential election year and during a time with the financial mess going on on Wall Street and a war on terror underway.

Hey, you didn't mention; do they tell really good fart jokes too? Have they ever asked you to pull their finger? How about any good off color jokes – I like the ones about dumb blondes myself. BTW – Are you blonde?

Palin cannot use the rest room without the toilet being examined by every Woodward and Bernstein wannabe on the planet doing a bowlectomy and the best you do with Biden is talk about the god damn Muppets. You are without doubt an imbecile.

I suppose I have to agree that that level of discourse is about the most a typical liberal can comprehend but Christ - have you no self respect as a frigging "journalist" - at least you can fake it honey.

"Behind the scenes" my ass - you're a lib shill if there ever was one. Go smoke some pot, molest a kid, have another abortion, picket whatever you liberals are pickerting this afternoon but whatever you do;get the hell out of the newspaper business - you suck!!!!

Posted by: Obama - the Socialists' puppet | September 26, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

...Thats not news but this is........

John McCaint has suddenly gotten quite concerned about the crisis on Wall Street.

Just more lies....

So much so that he has announced he’s suspending his campaign and rushing back to Washington so he can work with Congress on solving the problem and he wants Obama to do the same which will mean putting off that pesky debate they were supposed to have on Friday.

The situation was so urgent in fact that McCaint called up David Letterman personally to cancel his appearance on his show so he wouldn’t waste any time tackling the problem.

Except that he apparently had time to stick around long enough to film an interview with Katie Couric, to "expalin" the pathetic interview with peeeuuu Palin whereas she fumbles and get confused on such a simple subject....and literally self destructs on CBS.....

So while McCaint was at the West 57th street CBS News same point in time he would have been on Letterman.

Needless to say, Dave wasn’t impressed. In fact Dave had some pretty good points to make during the course of the show.

David Letterman was absolutely furious at Senator John McCain for snubbing him and instead making an appearance on a CBS News interview with Katie Couric.

According to Letterman, McCaint personally called him and apologized for bailing out at the last minute.

He said he was suspending his campaign to rush to Washington and help fight America’s biggest economic crisis since the great depression.

Letterman understood the urgency of this issue and said it was ok.

Boy, Was he mad when he knew that McCaint did not actually go to Washington to solve the ‘Crisis’ and fix the ‘Crater’ in the economy?

Letterman stopped his interview with Keith Olbermann midway to show a live TV feed of McCaint getting makeup for his interview with Katie Couric.

Letterman said something is terribly wrong with McCain’s campaign ..and it smells....(peeeuuu Palin anyone)and that he was just playing a political game by saying that he was suspending his campaign.

And when Dave saw McCaint with Couric having makeup applied to his cancer ridden head he yelled out and said: "Hey John, do you need a ride to the airport??????.

He felt this a political gimmick to stop his sliding poll numbers from sliding further. He repeatedly asked the same question - ‘Where is your running mate, Sarah Palin?’.

You do not suspend a campaign a month before elections, you get your second in command to run the show instead.

A total of 10 minutes was used up by Dave Letterman to shred McCain and his publicity stunt into pieces.

View David's Anger @

After the Walter Cronkite moment of 1968 now 40 years later for McCaint on David Letterman......I don’t think McCain will be scheduling a follow-up appearance anytime soon.

Thanks Again Dave.... for showing us the truth..yet again......McCaint can't multi-task.....

Its the end of the peeeuuu Palin bubble and McCaints lies.......

"Thanks but no thanks for more of the lies that bridge America to nowhere......"

Posted by: AlexP1 | September 26, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

And this 2008 Presidential Election Weekly Poll says it all.
You Won't Believe These Results!

Also, voice your opinion on the $700,000,000,000 Bailout!

Posted by: uland | September 26, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

The Muppets bring warm and fuzzy feelings to a day which was filled with worry and angst about this whole election craziness. We certainly need more laughter and light in the is okay to take a break and remember God gave us a sense of humor for a reason. Hoping for the kindler, gentler America to be reborn again after this election...integrity, diplomacy, the constitution restored, the Geneva Convention honored and all citizens rights to vote honored and upheld, instead of plotted against and denied. I remember reading about countries like that years back in school....thought it sounded scary...and here we are...think I'll pull out an old Muppet video, reminisce and say a prayer.

Posted by: Barbara08 | September 26, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Barbara "gets it"! Most Americans are sick of the mean-spirited bullying & preaching of the self-righteous, hypocritical, holier than thou Idiocracy Class, who have been waging their so-called "CULTURE WAR" with such a BLIND obsession, they will accept as their Presidential candidate, a man who is an ADMITTED gambler, drinker, serial adulterer, who DESERTED his wife & kids when she was facing the prospect of more surgeries for a horrible car wreck she was in, who waited for him to come HOME to her from Vietnam, only to see the 40-ish aging PLAYBOY chase after every young "skirt" he could find, that was hot, blond & sexy. But he didn't leave Carol McCain, until he found the rich "SUGAR MAMA" who'd bankroll his political ambitions, a BEER company heiress. He loves to GAMBLE, shooting CRAPS is his favorite game; he's a DRINKER; used to date a STRIPPER; at the Repub. Convention, these "CHRISTIAN FAMILY VALUES" moral role models who are always attacking OBAMA supporters as NOT having Values, which is a CROCK, these DELEGATES & Sen. SCHUMER enjoyed the Band "HOOKERS & BLOW" at a Private Convention Party Bash. Nice.
Republicans: the party of Gamblers, Drinkers, Strip Club lovers, Hookers, Cocaine, Las Vegas CASINO crap shooting, closet gay & closet child molesters, perverts (remember Bush's Homeland Security guy, who he appointed to head the Dept. fighting CHILD PORNOGRAPHY, who got caught with CHILD Pornography on his Computer? Larry Craig, Sen. Vitter, etc.
And, can we TRUST CINDY McCain not to under stress of being in White House & running her BEER EMPIRE out of the White House, that she might have a RELAPSE & start DOING DRUGS again?
Go ahead, Republican McCain lovers, have a beer, watch the Debate with your favorite Hooker, celebrate by Gambling & then go to CHURCH on Sunday & brag about how CHRISTIAN you are & bear "FALSE WITNESS" against Democrats and anyone who won't bow down under your "TALIBAN-style bullying!

Posted by: Mr. Rogers Loves You Too! | September 27, 2008 3:10 AM | Report abuse

Ok so this is a fluff piece...but it is in a blog subtitled behind the scenes.

Even it out WaPost - lets see some more of those sexist and offensive jokes from McCain and some more of the wit and comedy stylings of Palin - like the couric material...what oh..

Posted by: greg | September 28, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see that a logistics man and co-owner of a steak house are having so much fun on the tax payers dime. We'll pay for them to fly around in a private jumbo jet and yack-it-up with the press. The thought turns my stomach.

Posted by: PromethusAdvocate | September 29, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Rogers comments.

They are not comments, the hate coming out of this man is offensive. What happened to the right of individuals to have free speech, not to invoke a riot. Are all our rights taken away because of disagreement. Whoever wins, hopefully they will come up to meet the stature of the offfice of President. Spewing hate, and personal attacks are beneath the American people.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 1, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

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