That's the advice from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for people who might have blanched when Joe Biden joked about his wife near the end of his speech Saturday in Springfield and seemed to mock her brains while highlighting her beauty.
"Ladies and gentlemen, my wife Jill, who you'll meet soon, is drop dead gorgeous. My wife Jill, who you'll meet soon, she also has her doctorate degree, which is a problem," quipped Biden.
Pelosi was talking about the new Obama-Biden ticket at a reporters lunch sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor here and was asked if the joke was damaging.
"You know what? I'm going to tell you something: Lighten up, folks! We've got a planet to save. Nothing less is at stake than civilization as we know it today. The economy of our country, the health of our children, the state of our... the deficit and the rest, and these things are anecdotally humorous, funny, lighten up a bit.
But the fact is that there's so much at stake. And if Sen. Biden happens to find his wife attractive, that's A-OK with me."