Joe Biden made a comment the other day in reference to a possible crisis after “President Obama” takes office. The words Joe used have led to a furor over his choice of using the word “tested.” Huh? The right-wingers and commentators immediately jumped on the terminology to say “Wow, lookie, even Obama’s running mate doesn’t think he is ready for a crisis.”
Here is Biden’s statement:
“Mark my words. It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. . . . Remember I said it standing here if you don’t remember anything else I said. . . . We’re gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy.”
The Republican response borders on idiocy. The definition of “test” is:
1. the means by which the presence, quality, or genuineness of anything is determined; a means of trial.
2. the trial of the quality of something: to put to the test.
Okay, and are the right-wingers saying that if McCain is put into office, this won’t be a test for him either? Come on, no president ever faces these kinds of tests until he is in office. No matter what political office a president holds before he is elected, it does not involve international crises.
When it comes to foreign affairs that involve international matters, the President is charged with working solo with the advice of others on how to manage international affairs. Governors don’t enter into treaties or take action against foreign entities. Senators and Representatives don’t directly deal with foreign governments during a crisis.
No amount of experience on McCain’s part makes him any more equipped to handle a “test” than Obama’s experience. When it comes to a foreign crisis, they are on equal footing. After all, McCain has never handled a foreigh crisis – that task is left up to the President and that role is established in the Constitution.
The hysterical Republicans are grasping at anything that moves.