Obama: My idiot VP’s epic gaffe was a “rhetorical flourish”

posted at 3:59 pm on October 22, 2008 by Allahpundit

Best euphemism ever.

“Joe sometimes engages in rhetorical flourishes. But I think that his core point was that the next administration is going to be tested regardless of who it is,” Obama told reporters after meeting with his national security working group. “The next administration is going to be inheriting a whole host of really big problems and so the president is going to be tested and the question is will the next president meet that test by moving America in a new direction by sending a clear signal to the rest of the world that we are no longer about bluster and unilateralism and ideology but we’re about creating partnerships around the world to solve practical problems.”

Choice spin by The One, but in no way is it, shall we say, reality-based. Refresh your memory with Biden’s full quote; per the emphasis on Obama’s age, his point clearly was that enemies will try to take advantage of Obama’s inexperience to see what he’s made of. Say what you will about a former POW and 20-year veteran of the Senate known to sing, “Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran,” but deciding whether to “test” him isn’t a matter to be undertaken lightly. Or are we now so far through the looking glass spin-wise that the guy who’ll meet with anyone without preconditions (even if they won’t meet with him) is the one to be feared while the war hero whom, the left periodically assures us, out-Bushes Bush for sheer bellicosity is the easy mark?

Exit question: What did Biden mean when he said to his lefty audience, “[T]he 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”? I assume that’s a veiled reference to The One possibly having to take military action somewhere, with all the screeching and shirt-rending on the left that it will entail, but opinions differed when this came up in Headlines earlier today.


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