What a fuggin moron this guy is, but he's a liberal so no media outlets would dare call this stuff racist (imagine if a Republican said this stuff!) Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware yesterday made it official that he will seek the Democratic presidential nomination, but stumbled out of the gate with a memorable gaffe that became the focus of his day. In a critique of the Democratic field, he said of Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois: "I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy," he told the New York Observer, a weekly. "I mean, that's a storybook, man." and the backpedalling begins: Taking the remark as a slur against Mr. Obama or other black men who have sought the presidency is taking it "totally out of context," Mr. Biden told reporters after the remark was posted on the Drudge Report, a popular Internet site. He said he called Mr. Obama to explain the context. He issued a formal statement saying he deeply regretted if anyone was offended. "He understood exactly what I meant, and I have no doubt that Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton and every other black leader will know exactly what I meant," Mr. Biden said. “Look, what I was attempting to be, but not very artfully, is complimentary. This is an incredible guy. This is a phenomenon.” Wednesday, Biden said: “Look, the other part of this thing that got me in trouble is using the word clean. I should have said fresh. What I meant was that he's got new ideas, he's a new guy on the block ... “ Mr. Biden yesterday lavished Mr. Obama with compliments, calling him a "superstar," the "most exciting candidate" from either party in decades and giving what sounded like several reasons why he thinks the Illinois senator should be the next president. "He's fresh, he's new, he's smart, he's insightful," he said. "This guy has touched the nerve and the imagination of the people of this country." He later offered another amendment of remarks. "This is a very special guy. This is like catching lightning in a jar. That was the point of everything I was saying. I think he's great. I think they are all great. I think I'm better." and of course the obligatory crap out of Jackson and Sharpton: Mr. Jackson described Mr. Biden’s remarks to the Observer, which also included critical statements about the Iraq positions of two of his Democratic opponents — SenatorHillary Rodham Clinton of New York and former Senator John Edwards of North Carolina — as “blabbering bluster.” Mr. Sharpton said that when Mr. Biden called him to apologize, Mr. Sharpton started off the conversation reassuring Mr. Biden about his hygienic practices. “I told him I take a bath every day,” Mr. Sharpton said. It's gonna be interesting folks.