Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., speaking at a fundraising event Sunday in Seattle, said if his running mate Barack Obama is elected president, he will almost immediately be challenged with an international crisis that will test his strength and character.
“Mark my words,” Biden said, “it will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy.”
Biden said the world is looking at the 47-year-old senator from Illinois trying to figure out who he is and how he will deal with an international crisis of epic proportions.
“Watch, we’re gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy,” Biden assured. “I don’t know what the decision is going to be, but I promise you it will occur. As a student of history and having served with seven presidents, I guarantee you it is going to happen.”
Biden also made similar remarks at a San Francisco fundraiser the day before, ABC News reports.
“We’re going to face a major international challenge,” Biden said. “They’re going to want to test him, just like they did young John Kennedy. They’re going to want to test him. And they’re going to find out this guy’s got steel in his spine.” Biden said.
Biden asked the crowd to “gird your loins” and continue to stand by Obama as he makes tough, and possibly unpopular decisions regarding foreign affairs and the economy. Biden said no matter who is elected on Nov. 4, a difficult environment awaits the next president.
Biden spokesman David Wade told FOX News, “Sen. Biden was making it clear that history has shown presidents face challenges starting on day one, and with our nation fighting two wars and twenty-first century threats abroad, we know that we need steady leadership in tumultuous times, not the erratic lurching and stubborn ideology of John McCain.”
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