Yesterday, Biden said the following at a fundraiser in Seattle, Washington. The first 2 paragraphs are what has gotten the most media attention (and if anybody out there has a full copy of this, post the link, because this is the most complete copy I could find, and even that needed some splicing together parts from other clips I found, so this is a couple of copies fitted together, but I never found the whole thing):
Mark my words. It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking. We’re about to elect a brilliant 47-year-old senator president of the United States of America. 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.
The interesting thing about that quote is that the part in italics wasn’t talked about by most of the media outlets. And that’s interesting, because it’s the biggest gaffe in the whole speech. What Biden should have said was something like, “I may not know what his decision is gonna be, but I know it’ll be a good one” instead of making a statement that comes across as, “I don’t know what he’s going to do, but he’s going to do something!” It was really dumb wording on Biden’s part, and it didn’t show that Obama has a plan. I’m not arguing for or against the fact that Obama does or doesn’t have a plan. I’m just saying that Biden did not portray Obama well here.
I can give you at least four or five scenarios from where it might originate. [All I could find anywhere that covered his speech was that he mentioned the Middle East and Russia]. And he’s gonna need help. And the kind of help he’s gonna need is, he’s gonna need you – not financially to help him – we’re gonna need you to use your influence, your influence within the community, to stand with him. Because it’s not gonna be apparent initially, it’s not gonna be apparent that we’re right.
OK, so he’s making the point that
Gird your loins. We’re gonna win with your help, God willing, we’re gonna win, but this is not gonna be an easy ride. This president, the next president, is gonna be left with the most significant task. It’s like cleaning the Augean stables, man. This is more than just, this is more than – think about it, literally, think about it – this is more than just a capital crisis, this is more than just markets. This is a systemic problem we have with this economy.
I’ve forgotten more about foreign policy than most of my colleagues know, so I’m not being falsely humble with you. I think I can be value added, but this guy has it. This guy has it. But he’s gonna need your help. Because I promise you, you all are gonna be sitting here a year from now going, “Oh my God, why are they there in the polls? Why is the polling so down? Why is this thing so tough?” We’re gonna have to make some incredibly tough decisions in the first two years. So I’m asking you now, I’m asking you now, be prepared to stick with us. Remember the faith you had at this point because you’re going to have to reinforce us.
There are gonna be a lot of you who want to go, “Whoa, wait a minute, yo, whoa, whoa, I don’t know about that decision.” Because if you think the decision is sound when they’re made, which I believe you will when they’re made, they’re not likely to be as popular as they are sound. Because if they’re popular, they’re probably not sound.
You literally can see what these kids are up against, our kids in that region. The place is crawling with al Qaeda. And it’s real.
We do not have the military capacity, nor have we ever, quite frankly, in the last 20 years, to dictate outcomes. It’s so much more important than that. It’s so much more complicated than that. And Barack gets it.
I probably shouldn’t have said all this because it dawned on me that the press is here. All kidding aside, these guys have left us in a God-awful place. We have the ability to straighten it out. It’s gonna take a little bit of time, so I ask you to stay with us. Stay with us.
Overall, I think the first sentence of that last paragraph was right. Biden said some stupid stuff in there. The bolded paragraph at the front is what’ll hurt him the most.
Comparing him to Kennedy was a mistake. In his first 6 months in office, Kennedy got beat up by Khrushchev, so comparing Obama to Kennedy may be good-looking to the American people, but once the historians get a hold of that quote, they’ll tear down Biden for saying that.
Saying that the polls are going to be bad, but to stick with him and Obama came across to me as essentially giving credit to the Bush administration. Isn’t this what Bush is saying? “The polls are down, stick with me?” That seems to be Bush’s attitude. I think that statement was another dumb one.
This speech has to be one of the worst things Biden has done this election cycle, but I find it so asinine that the media is censoring out the worst parts. How is that being impartial!
If Obama is elected and faces an international crisis, I pray that he does better than Kennedy, otherwise Obama too will say, “He just beat the hell out of me. I’ve got a terrible problem if he thinks I’m inexperienced and have no guts.”