Context? The context does not make his comments any better. "Context" is now code for, 'whoops, we really stepped in it again, can we please just forget about this and move on...'.
"President Obama on Wednesday defended Vice President Joe Biden's "chains" comment, saying it was not meant to "connote" anything other than the Wall Street reform he was discussing at a campaign rally.
The vice president made headlines and drew swift criticism from Republicans Tuesday after he told a crowd at a campaign stop in Virginia that Mitt Romney's policies would put "y'all back in chains." The Romney campaign seized on the comment to say that the Obama campaign had hit a new low.
But an "unrattled" Obama told People Magazine the comment was taken out of context and that Biden was discussing that "consumers, the American people, will be a lot worse off it we repeal these [Wall Street reform] laws as the other side is suggesting.""