Barack Obama will face an international crisis early in his presidency, Joe Biden warns, fueling Republican charges that the Democratic presidential candidate's own running mate admits Obama is a blank slate in the face of coming national security threats.So, is Biden trying to say that the world, much like many in America, does not have confidence in Obama's ability to lead effectively, especially in a crisis? Is Biden telling us that his running mate does not have the "unimpeachable credentials on national security and foreign policy" that our country needs its leader to have? In fact, it sounds like Biden is reaffirming his earlier stated belief that, "Having talking points on foreign policy doesn't get you there."
Speaking in Seattle on Sunday, Biden said he could guarantee that the world will want to find out if Obama is up to the job, which he assured voters he is.
"Mark my words. It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking," Biden said.
"Remember I said it standing here. if you don't remember anything else I said. Watch, we're gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy. And he's gonna have to make some really tough -- I don't know what the decision's gonna be, but I promise you it will occur. As a student of history and having served with seven presidents, I guarantee you it's gonna happen," Biden continued.
The Delaware senator's remarks were the second of their kind over the weekend. At a fundraiser in San Francisco, Biden said Obama's challengers will "find out this guy's got steel in his spine" when he is tested.
Biden has managed to suggest, once again, that Obama lacks the experience necessary to be president.
But at least Obama "is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy," right, Senator Biden? Those are great qualifications for a celebrity, but leaders do require a bit more.
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