He started with an accurate observation, if a low bar. “This is a hell of a lot better than a nuclear war,” he noted in pointing out that the mere fact of deescalation will be a positive for the President with voters.

It was also a positive for Joe himself. He went over the dire prospects the nation faced when relations with North Korea were at the worst, up to and including the possibility, he said, of ground troops. (A remote possibility, to be sure.)

In light of how “bleak’ things were just six months ago, Joe said “I’ve got to admit, when I see these two people shaking hands, I feel a sense of relief.”