Video: Albright on Biden

posted at 11:05 am on October 21, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

The Barack Obama campaign sidelined Joe Biden today and opted to get one of their diplomats out in front of the Crisis Gaffe. Madeline Albright, former Secretary of State and one of Obama’s 300 foreign-policy advisers, tried to shrug off Biden’s comments as just a “statement of fact” — which may not be terribly helpful:

ROBERTS: I want to ask you what you thought of what Joe Biden said yesterday, in terms of this idea that Senator Obama, if he becomes President, would be tested by an international crisis within the first six months. John McCain certainly picked up on that. Let’s listen to what he said yesterday.

SEN. JOHN MCCAIN: If Senator Obama is elected, Senator Biden said ‘we will have an international crisis that tests America’s new president.’ We don’t want a President who invites testing from the world at time when our economy is in crisis and Americans are already fighting in two wars.

ROBERTS: No question there what Senator McCain thought about those comments. What did you think about what Senator Biden said?

ALBRIGHT: Well, I think it’s just a statement of fact, frankly, and in my book, I talk about the fact that there are a lot of big issues out there, but that also something unexpected – you always have to be prepared for that.

I understand what Albright means in her argument — that any change of administration would tempt America’s enemies to test the new President to see how far they can go. However, Biden’s comments went much further than that. He pointed to the inexperience of his running mate as a special incentive for creating a crisis, and that his response would probably look unsatisfactory:

“Mark my words,” the Democratic vice presidential nominee warned at the second of his two Seattle fundraisers Sunday. “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.”

“I can give you at least four or five scenarios from where it might originate,” Biden said to Emerald City supporters, mentioning the Middle East and Russia as possibilities. “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.”

Even Albright would have to admit that a known quantity in the White House would provide less of a temptation to start provoking the US to test our responses. And Albright would know better than to telegraph the responses by saying we would do something unpopular, rather than act with strength to end the provocations. Why not just reassure people that Obama won’t let rogue nations push us around like playground bullies? Apparently, that’s not the response that Obama has in mind when challenged by the likes of Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, Syria, or Cuba.


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Madeline Albright…..ugh…she wont help the demo’s me thinks.

Roger Waters on October 21, 2008 at 11:07 AM

Conservatives, RINOs, PUMAs, undecideds, and Hillary thank you, Joe. For those keeping score at home, mark this as an assist from Albright.

Vashta.Nerada on October 21, 2008 at 11:08 AM

Anothe example of the media trying to shift the focus off of what Obama or Biden actually said.

Terrible answer to a plumber? Shift the focus to the plumber.

Terrible statement about Obama’s potential to suck at foreign policy? Chop off the end of the statement to make it sound like some goofy compliment.

BadgerHawk on October 21, 2008 at 11:09 AM

Geeze, are these people worried now and trying to sink him or what? What the heck did they learn at that threat briefing?

TheBigOldDog on October 21, 2008 at 11:11 AM

Every time Maddie opens her mouth, I keep remembering that picture of her, Slick, Sandy Berger and Bill Cohen doing the “monkey routine”. Absolutely pathetic.

Del Dolemonte on October 21, 2008 at 11:12 AM

The Chinese brought down a US military plane and held the crew during the first months of the Bush administration. Why do I think Hu Jintao thinks Barack Obama is swahili for “come take my lunch money”?

trubble on October 21, 2008 at 11:14 AM

I’m feeling more confidence that the American people will

Come to their senses on Barack. He is NOT the one for us.

And what do people think of Joe Biden’s experience, NOW?

originalpechanga on October 21, 2008 at 11:14 AM

Remember when China forced down one our naval intelligence gathering planes at the start of W’s first term. That was basically a manufactured incident to test him, but without pushing it too much. Now imagine someone deciding to create another such incident against a leader they perceive as weak. Who’s going to be the one to push Dear Leader Obamassiah, and how far will they push The One.

How about Iran detonating a nuclear device?

rbj on October 21, 2008 at 11:15 AM

I want to ask you what you thought of what Joe Biden said yesterday, in terms of this idea that Senator Obama

It almost sounds like, “While I have you here, not doing damage spin control for The One, let me ask you an off the cuff question about something you probably know nothing about because it is not important and we need you to assure the sheep it is not important…”

Elizabetty on October 21, 2008 at 11:15 AM

Yay, so let’s vote for Obama and guarantee an attack on our nation.

carbon_footprint on October 21, 2008 at 11:15 AM

An Obama administration and a Dem Congress will be a total disaster for this country on all terms. I only hope we can prevent the Dems from successfully blaming this on the GOP come 2012 when they make the claim that things are so bad because they’ve been trying to clean up from 8 years of Republican mismanagement.

DerKrieger on October 21, 2008 at 11:15 AM

Would you mind changing the headline, Capt Ed, from “Video: Albright on Biden” to “Video: Albright defends Biden”. The former conjures up a distasteful mental image.

andycanuck on October 21, 2008 at 11:16 AM

If Obama was the only one allowed to speak (and no one allowed to answer questions), he might be able to win the election.
But if he and Biden were unleashed, and the press, even the ever adoring press, was allowed access…his candidacy would be over in 24 hours.

right2bright on October 21, 2008 at 11:16 AM

The world will go crazy and they know The One will do nothing about it. What’s to prevent China from taking Taiwan, Russia from taking any number of its neighbors, Iran from bombing Israel? Nothing! If Obama is a total disaster I only pray that enough Dem voters finally grow the Hell up and see what foolishness Liberalism is.

DerKrieger on October 21, 2008 at 11:17 AM

And Obama is ‘brilliant’ bcs he has these morons around him?
God help us.

Badger40 on October 21, 2008 at 11:18 AM

Does Albright have a sister on the White House press corps?

Wade on October 21, 2008 at 11:19 AM

I am beginning to think ole’ Bill and Hill must have put the hard sell on Obama to pick Joe Biden.

They have got to be giddy with excitement everytimg they get an email alert with his name mentioned.

Elizabetty on October 21, 2008 at 11:21 AM

Does Albright have a sister on the White House press corps?
Wade on October 21, 2008 at 11:19 AM

Does she like to say “Thank you mister president” to democrats?

wise_man on October 21, 2008 at 11:22 AM

And Obama is ‘brilliant’ bcs he has these morons around him?
God help us.

Badger40 on October 21, 2008 at 11:18 AM

Yeah, there all recycled Washingtonians….some CHANGE that it is!

misslizzi on October 21, 2008 at 11:23 AM

She went on to say that it would be great having Obama in office to be the one to consider what happened.

In all, it would be great that we would have something bad happen.

drjohn on October 21, 2008 at 11:23 AM

I’m feeling more confidence that the American people will

Come to their senses on Barack. He is NOT the one for us.

And what do people think of Joe Biden’s experience, NOW?

originalpechanga on October 21, 2008 at 11:14 AM

That’s like a really long haiku…

Vashta.Nerada on October 21, 2008 at 11:23 AM

Hey Wade- you must be referring to the delightful and easy on the eye, Helen Thomas. With any luck when Obama loses she’ll finally keel over and put the press corp out of it’s misery.

anniekc on October 21, 2008 at 11:24 AM

I am embarrassed to have to ask, but would somebody please tell me what P.U.M.A. stands for? I really dont know and a quick google and wiki didnt help. thx.

Roger Waters on October 21, 2008 at 11:24 AM

I am embarrassed to have to ask, but would somebody please tell me what P.U.M.A. stands for? I really dont know and a quick google and wiki didnt help. thx.

Roger Waters on October 21, 2008 at 11:24 AM

Party Unity My A__

Vashta.Nerada on October 21, 2008 at 11:26 AM

I understand what Albright means in her argument — that any change of administration would tempt America’s enemies to test the new President to see how far they can go.

Iran took over the US Embassy in Tehran; an act of aggression that usually is considered the same as an attack on US soil. A wussy Carter fumbled and fumbled.

When Reagan was elected, Iran decided to give it up.

As Ed has stated before, Osamabama would be Carter v.2; a incompetent leader to be tested.

McCain would not be someone with whom they would likely trifle.

davidk on October 21, 2008 at 11:27 AM

Spin control, as they try to affix the mask, and the muzzle, firmly back onto Biden…

And what is her opinion worth anyway? She’s one of the greatest failures at State in 60 years!

RocketmanBob on October 21, 2008 at 11:28 AM

It was Biden himself in the primaries who said we didn’t need a Pres who needed on the job training.

Thanks Joe, we need more truth in government.

digitalintrigue on October 21, 2008 at 11:28 AM

What Biden Meant: President Obama will smile and bestow his hope and peace and grace on the American sheeple, with a “KICK ME” sign on his butt, for every tinpot dictator to see. But Big Bad Biden will defend him.

Steve Z on October 21, 2008 at 11:29 AM

One scary lady. It must be close to Halloween.

Let’s get the woman that had champagne and gave nukes to North Korean madman, Mr Ronery, to step up and get things straight. Wonder why “O” man didn’t pick her as Veep, but it must be his whole “thing” about women? She should be ironing shirts too??

Just one more reason why Obama can’t be elected.

Hening on October 21, 2008 at 11:31 AM

This from the woman who said the world is a saver place after Clinton gave the Chinese the technology to deliver nukes into the USA.

Wade on October 21, 2008 at 11:32 AM

McCain dropped bombs on Communists, Hussein hobnobbed with them while organizing the hood. Which would Putin or Ahmadinnerdate rather face on the battlefield Madeline, hmmmmm?

Akzed on October 21, 2008 at 11:32 AM

Has anyone else see the similarities between Obama & the Democractic party & Hitler & the Nazi party in 1934? Adulation & figure worshp, big crowds & silence against any criticism.

SDarchitect on October 21, 2008 at 11:33 AM

Joe better check his plugs, seems like there is a leak.

Wade on October 21, 2008 at 11:33 AM

I hear about Obama’s safety all the time…No honestly who has more chance of getting shot if they win the election. It clearly would be McCain or Palin because of how worked up and expectant the left is of victory.

Leading up to you can make the case for Obama, but after…please.

tomas on October 21, 2008 at 11:36 AM

Funny, he’s supposed to be stumping in Greeley today, it’s all over the local papers.

A bit disappointing for the fans, eh?

Common Sense on October 21, 2008 at 11:38 AM

So we get hit or put in a situation that would normally demand a strong, probably military, response, and Oguppy will act as President Carter did by sitting on his thumb? Then a bunch of east-coast liberals are going to use their “influence” to cover for him?

Yah…when America looks for strength and resolve, we turn to Seattle liberals.

Bishop on October 21, 2008 at 11:38 AM

He will sit in a room with 300 advisors and talk and talk and talk…then he will find Chuck Hagel to go out and take the fall

tomas on October 21, 2008 at 11:40 AM

I will admit that I like Joey B. though, because you can just tell that he would LOVE to blurt-out everything he knows, but instead says something goofy.

God luv ya, Joe, everyone stand up for Joe!

Bishop on October 21, 2008 at 11:41 AM

I checked and the visit is still listed:

Biden’s Greeley Visit

Hmmmmm…..

Common Sense on October 21, 2008 at 11:41 AM

I think the Democrats are now so confident of a big win for Obama that they feel they can say anything and it will not matter. (And they are not afraid that the media – other than Fox and some conservative-leaning blogs- are going to make much of anything that might be perceived as a negative.)

Just imagine what the Democrats are going to say and do if they win.
*Gulp!*
If Obama wins watch within the first week after the election Obama will start to hint that because of the financial situation he and his new administration are planning to raise taxes on everyone. Maybe something new – a national sales tax; to include internet purchases.
And that he is already discussing with Gen. Petraus an immediate withdrawal of all troops in Iraq, plus…

albill on October 21, 2008 at 11:42 AM

So Biden is saying,
Because my running mate is so inexperienced, he will be tested within 6 months.
.
Obama will screw up his initial response and not know how to handle the situation BUT
.
give Barack time, he will learn as we go.
.
Do I have that about right?

abinitioadinfinitum on October 21, 2008 at 11:43 AM

Seeing how Plugs is chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee I think the FBI should look into this as appears like Plugs has loose lips.

Albright just needs to STFU and go away.

Wade on October 21, 2008 at 11:44 AM

Madeline Not-Bright is just another incompetent old hag that Hillary selected for Bill, just like Janet Reno. Both were a disgrace to the country.

volsense on October 21, 2008 at 11:45 AM

So what’s the $150 mil from September’s (foreign) contributions going to buy? Some cover for the first attack on us after he’s elected?

tru2tx on October 21, 2008 at 11:47 AM

Why is it that if a Republican were to say the same thing about Obama, it would be called fear mongering?

Hal on October 21, 2008 at 11:48 AM

Madeline Not-Bright is just another incompetent old hag that Hillary selected for Bill, just like Janet Reno. Both were a disgrace to the country.

volsense on October 21, 2008 at 11:45 AM

Could SNL get these 2 stars , Janet and Madeline, on and do some fancy pageant walking?

Wade on October 21, 2008 at 11:48 AM

Joe “the leaky plumber”

Wade on October 21, 2008 at 11:50 AM

It’ll be OK…the Obama Machine will just claim whomever attacks us as racist and look to see if they have any tax liens against them or if their trade license is up to date.

Wyznowski on October 21, 2008 at 11:54 AM

Could SNL get these 2 stars , Janet and Madeline, on and do some fancy pageant walking?
Wade on October 21, 2008 at 11:48 AM

Reminds me of the good ol’ “Janet Reno Dance Party” days.

Bishop on October 21, 2008 at 11:56 AM

Diplomat? That whithered old bag is being sent out for damage control since Biden leaked high level info from the security briefing the White House gave to the campaigns. Why, let’s bring on Warren Christopher if his undertaker can pump in a little more embalming fluid. That will do the trick. Albright’s fluid is leaking as bad as Bidens’.

wepeople on October 21, 2008 at 11:57 AM

I think the Biden gaffe not only shows that Obama is a security risk, but that Biden is as well with his big mouth. Loose lips sink ships, Joe.

CP on October 21, 2008 at 11:57 AM

“A STATEMENT OF FACT”–ALBRIGHT

Elect Obama and enjoy/suffer a catastrophe that will make 9/11 look like a miserable walk in the park.

Compared to this past month CRISIS, it was a tiny economic downturn set into motion before Clinton left office. Reagan’s upturn finally expired having been shredded during the 8 Clinton years that instigated our current mortgage-BANKING CRISIS.

Whoever wins the presidency inherits a horrible state of affairs.

Obama has proven himself utterly indebted to the MSM for his existence in this race, utterly inept on his own as a leader against any odds, totally without any qualification or experience, and with the worst collection of associates and worst judgment of ANYONE EVER seeking the presidency.

Obama would be an amalgam of Hoover, Carter, and Marx.

Obama, truly an American epic as Greek tragedy goes.

maverick muse on October 21, 2008 at 12:05 PM

Would you mind changing the headline, Capt Ed, from “Video: Albright on Biden” to “Video: Albright defends Biden”. The former conjures up a distasteful mental image.

andycanuck

LOL.

Keep as is. Birds of a feather…

maverick muse on October 21, 2008 at 12:10 PM

I understand what Albright means in her argument — that any change of administration would tempt America’s enemies to test the new President to see how far they can go. However, Biden’s comments went much further than that. He pointed to the inexperience of his running mate as a special incentive for creating a crisis, and that his response would probably look unsatisfactory:

Both Biden’s and “not so’s” comments reflect too much time inside DC. This is the kind of stuff that should be discussed as part of private national security discussions- not as fundraisers or in the national media (though not so pretty much had to for damage control purposes).

highhopes on October 21, 2008 at 12:12 PM

Madeline Albright is a shill.

pilamaye on October 21, 2008 at 12:23 PM

I only hope we can prevent the Dems from successfully blaming this on the GOP come 2012 when they make the claim that things are so bad because they’ve been trying to clean up from 8 years of Republican mismanagement.

DerKrieger on October 21, 2008 at 11:15 AM

What do you say about McCain’s ad?
McCain’s ad this morning (in Philly area):

The past eight years have not turned out too well, haven’t it? I am going to make the next four years better.”

WTFFFFF? Is this the final payback for McCain’s failed 2000 run? Just when you think finally you can vote for this guy, he comes out and makes it SOOOO VERY HARD to pull the lever for him.

Why oh why “Republicans” chose this one!!!

Sir Napsalot on October 21, 2008 at 12:23 PM

Every time Maddie opens her mouth, I keep remembering that picture of her, Slick, Sandy Berger and Bill Cohen doing the “monkey routine”. Absolutely pathetic.

Del Dolemonte on October 21, 2008 at 11:12 AM

Me too. Here it is for ya.

Brat on October 21, 2008 at 12:27 PM

You gotta love that a Democrat actually said this. I mean, if a Republican had said it, it would be prime evidence of scare-mongering. When a Dem says it, though, the press takes them at their word that it’s a “statement of fact.”

In any event, I don’t think the metrosexual look that appears to be so popular in Obama’s Hyde Park is really going to intimidate the Taliban, Vladimir Putin or Hugo Chavez.

In other words, it’s not about who you’d rather have a beer with, but who you’d rather have standing behind you in a bar fight?

furytrader on October 21, 2008 at 12:41 PM

“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.”

This is the weirdest part of what he said. What the heck is he talking about?

Brat on October 21, 2008 at 12:51 PM

“Mark my words,” the Democratic vice presidential nominee warned at the second of his two Seattle fundraisers Sunday. “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.”

“I can give you at least four or five scenarios from where it might originate,” Biden said to Emerald City supporters, mentioning the Middle East and Russia as possibilities. “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.”

What does this highlighted bit mean? He’s talking with campaign donors, not a specific segment of people, right? So what does he mean by “influence the community”?

Y-not on October 21, 2008 at 12:53 PM

I think Biden was inspired to make this comment as he and the wife and Barry and Michelle were looking at swatches for the redecoration of the oval office.

snaggletoothie on October 21, 2008 at 12:56 PM

So what does he mean by “influence the community”?

Y-not on October 21, 2008 at 12:53 PM

The brownshirts are coming….if you have negative thoughts, that is.

Sir Napsalot on October 21, 2008 at 12:56 PM

Hopefully our enemies don’t read the LA Times, and they will find out only too late that Obama is their worst nightmare come true… a daunting scholar!!

drunyan8315 on October 21, 2008 at 1:00 PM

Albright – “You will feel…an itching.”

AubieJon on October 21, 2008 at 1:18 PM

Not so sidelined…

Biden in Greeley and Commerce City

He’ll also be in Pueblo and Colorado Springs.

Common Sense on October 21, 2008 at 1:23 PM

I loved her work on H.R. Pufnstuf!

ronsfi on October 21, 2008 at 1:23 PM

The way I see this is that they are laying the groundwork so that they can later say “See, this isn’t our fault. We told you they would test the new president” so that they can gloss over the fact that a new attack didn’t happen after 9/11 even though every jihadi in the world wanted to make it happen. That way, when Barry can’t even match up to the hated Bush in keeping the country safe, well, it wasn’t his fault. “We told you it would happen.”

slug on October 21, 2008 at 1:38 PM

Bag lady.

mylegsareswollen on October 21, 2008 at 2:00 PM

I loved her in Murder She Wrote. Great series.

Seriously, though, BO knows the longer this goes on the more his numbers are going to go down, hence the “here, hurry up and vote before you change your mind” at the early polls. The more America is learning the worse he’s doing. Now talk about his inexperience in comparison to Palin? She’s not running for Prez, HE IS!

johnnyU on October 21, 2008 at 2:27 PM

Her book…her book…Let’s see…Did I buy her book?
…uhhh…no. Mffft!

whitetop on October 21, 2008 at 2:36 PM

Albright knows a thing or two about being tested by evil men and facing them down.

moxie_neanderthal on October 21, 2008 at 3:34 PM

Anyone remember the the British ambassador’s “leaked” assessment a couple of weeks ago?: “Obama is an inexperienced Marxist whose ambition got the better of his (and everyone else’s) common sense when he decided to run for President, and we are all in deep doodoo if he wins. Your Majesty.”

Fortunata on October 21, 2008 at 4:29 PM

There’s a very good reason her nickname is “Madeline Halfwit.”

She’s been an embarrassment as long as I can remember.

Merovign on October 21, 2008 at 9:39 PM

Looks like the Dems are “snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.” I’m smiling.

miron on October 22, 2008 at 12:59 AM