“Gird Your Loins” – Joe Biden Warns

“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.”

“Gird your loins,” Biden told the crowd. “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.”

Biden’s statement is a prediction of the future and thus is subject to some uncertainty. Only time will tell, but surely Biden is on solid ground with his prediction. Biden’s prediction is thus what Michael Kinsley defines as a gaffe. According to Kinsley, a gaffe occurs “when a politician tells the truth.” Kinsley has subsequently explained that “A gaffe is what happens when the spin breaks down.”

Last year Kinsley himself accorded Biden the honor of his recognition for being the author of a Kinsley gaffe regarding Obama. Biden has now topped himself, as only Biden can, with a gaffe that constitutes a timely warning that deserves wide notice among the voting public.

* code for:  inexperienced first-term senator

And this is not McCain or the republicans speaking, but Obama’s own running mate.  Wow.

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2008/10/021829.php

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5 responses to ““Gird Your Loins” – Joe Biden Warns

  1. Ginger

    What does Joe Biden know that we don’t know? Also, he seems rather leary of how Obama is going to perform in a crisis. BTW, so am I.

    Joe says, ” Remember, I said it.”..another way of Joe telling us how important and right he is. The thing is…I really believe he IS right this time and speaks the whole truth and nothing but…

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  2. Ginger,

    They got briefed by the white house, on terrorist threats, a couple days before he made that speech. Joe Biden has decided he doesn’t want that much heat? I don’t see him resigning from the campaign this late.

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  3. diogenes

    Oh, how incrediby sad. “They got briefed by the white house”????? Do you not realize that Joe Biden is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and gets briefed on national security info all the time? He doesn’t have to bow and scrape and depend on the good will of the white house (which would be none) as the intelligence agencies are required to keep the Congressional leaders briefed on that type of info.

    And, by the way, Obama is also a member of that committee, so he would also be briefed.

    McBush is the ranking member of the Armed Services Committee, so he may also receive classified briefings.

    And Sister Sarah Palin can see Russia from her house.

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  4. bellalu0

    “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.”

    “Watch, we’re gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy.”

    “Gird your loins.”

    Joe Biden speaking. A warning. And he’s not talking about if his opponent wins. He’s talking about if his own ticket wins.

    And we have every reason to believe that he knows what he’s talking about.

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  5. roberto

    This sounds like economic warfare, combined with an international confrontation of some sorts. Is the US planning to declare bankruptcy? Reconstitute it’s currency? Create the North American Union with Mexico and Canada?

    The Augean stables were flushed clean by diverting two rivers thru the stable.

    “Gird your loins,” Biden says. “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.”

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