Hardly had the possibility surfaced that the GOP-controlled Senate could subpoena him as an impeachment witness, than Joe Biden told the Senate to go whistle.
Sounding like Humphrey Bogart or Edward G. Robinson in one of those old black and white gangster films Hollywood used to make, the former vice president said he was “clean as a whistle” over Ukrainian corruption.
You can just picture Bogart snarling at the cops handcuffing him, “Listen, coppers, you guys got nothing on me. I’m clean as a whistle.”
“Yeah,” Robinson would chime in, “Yeah, you coppers got the wrong guy. He’s clean as whistle.”
Were Biden more amenable, he could have said like Lauren Bacall did to Bogey (whom she later married) in the movie “To Have and Have Not,” “If you want me, just whistle. You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.”
Biden has been using the “clean as a whistle” cliché for some time to fend off questions about what he and son Hunter Biden did to help Hunter get rich in the Ukraine when Biden was Barack Obama’s vice president.
Hunter Biden was being paid some $50,000 a month from the Ukrainian energy firm Burisma, which was under a corruption investigation, for what amounted to a no-show job.
Biden, at one point, bragged on a video how he, as vice president, vowed to withhold $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees to the Ukraine unless the prosecutor in Kiev investigating Burisma was fired. Biden was not just whistling Dixie. The prosecutor was fired.
A week ago, before apparently changing his mind, Biden said he would not appear before the Senate, subpoena or no subpoena. “This impeachment is about Trump’s conduct, not mine,” Biden told the Des Moines Register.
“The subpoenas should go to witnesses with testimony to offer to Trump’s shaking down the Ukrainian government,” he said, whistling dead the play to get him before the Senate.
Then, after a whistle stop tour in Iowa and New Hampshire, during which he wet his whistle, Biden realized he was whistling in the dark and changed his tune.
He said, “I would in fact abide by whatever was legally required of me.” No sooner did Biden make the remark about testifying at a Senate trial on impeachment, than his critics said it was nothing more than a dog whistle.
Asked about Biden softening of his position, a top Biden aide said, “He made the decision while he was whistling at work.”
It is understandable why people are sick and tired of all the whistling coming out of Washington. It all began when Mr. Whistle Blower blew the whistle on President Trump over his July 25 telephone call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the Democrats, and the media, were so upset about the call that they impeached Trump in the House and in the media over it, although nobody can explain what high crimes and misdemeanors Trump committed. They too may be whistling Dixie.
The Democrats and their friends in the media will not even tell Trump or the public what Mr. Whistle A. Blower’s real name is (we know he’s a man) although everybody in Washington, including the media, knows his name and all about him.
They just don’t want you to know because he might be harmed, or more likely, outed as a Democrat operative who, armed with a hidden, undetectable plastic whistle, was planted in the White House. His job was not to whistle in the wind, but to whistle the Trump play dead.
But Trump, a president who governs with a lot of bells and whistles, decided to blow the whistle on Mr. Whistle A. Blower and make his name public after Whistle Blower blew the whistle on him.
Trump did this last week when he retweeted a tweet to millions of his Twitter followers that contained Blower’s real name, thereby scooping the press.
Trump’s critics accused him of putting Blower in danger by releasing his name, which is supposed to be secret. Blower, who is back at his job at the CIA, is driven to work by armed security guards, according to the Washington Post.
Apparently if his real name gets out, he will need a tank for protection.
So, ask not for whom the whistle blows. It blows for thee.
But, as Trump would say, Go Whistle.