October 22nd, 2008
02:08 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama says Biden given to 'rhetorical flourishes'

Barack Obama said Biden has engaged 'in rhetorical flourishes'.
Barack Obama said Biden has engaged 'in rhetorical flourishes'.

RICHMOND, Virginia (CNN) –- Barack Obama dismissed his running mate’s recent comments Wednesday that if elected, his new presidency would immediately be tested by adversaries looking to “test the mettle of this guy.”

“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.”

Obama added that with the economy in a “free fall” the United States is more vulnerable than ever. He said because of the Bush administration’s policies the next president will have to deal “with two unresolved wars, Bin Laden and Al Qaeda communicating regularly and training folks to potentially attack America.”

The McCain-Palin ticket seized on Senator Joe Biden’s comments made at a west coast fundraiser to highlight what they say is Obama’s inexperience, and have said on the stump Obama would need “on the job training.”

Obama dismissed the notion that his group of national security and foreign policy advisors were scrambled together in Richmond to counter Biden’s remarks and the Republican attacks.

“It would be pretty hard to gather this group in two days. They have pretty busy schedules. We actually had this planned about two weeks ago, two to three weeks. It was prompted by the fact that I was focused fairly single mindedly on the financial crisis and I asked my staff to convene this group because I think it’s very important at a time when we are so focused on the economy, and rightly so, that we not lose sight of that fact that we remain threatened and there are a whole host of international challenges that we’re going to have to deal with,” he said flanked by fifteen members of that group, including former Sen. Sam Nunn and several high ranking retired military officers.


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soundoff (225 Responses)
  1. kayla

    EVERYDAY MCINSANE, AND HIS PITTBULL VP. ATTACKS SEN OBAMA. IT SEEMS THEY HAVE NOTHING TO OFFER THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, EXCEPT TO BE THE ATTACK DOG. WELL I GUESS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL SURVIVE AND ARE PLEASED WITH IT. WHY ELSE WOULD THEY VOTE FOR THOSE TWO CRAZIES.?

    October 22, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  2. Dawn

    You know ever since the first President, the bad guys always been tested. Remember George W Bush eight months after he was sworn in 911 happened. This mean they all need to be tested one way or another just to see if they have any backbone. Joe Biden went and told what the American people were all thinking.

    Go Obama/Biden08/12

    October 22, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  3. FAILIN' PALIN, ROADKILL ON THE ROAD OF LIFE!

    So now the same dittoheads that ridicule Biden daily want to hold him up as some sort of all knowing oracle?

    The point the man was making that anything could happen and at that time Obama would need all of our support both in the good times(the present) and the bad, should anything happen either financially or internationally. Those same dittoheads would ravage him in either case before they would standby him and support Obama.

    October 22, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  4. hurriCAIN PALIN

    its in the nobama democrats state of mind to self-destruct, they have

    always been divided amonst theirselves, just look at biden and

    nobama, before biden was selected, he said that nobama is in no

    position to lead this country because of his inexperience. after biden

    was selected, nobama became the best man to lead the united

    states. man i havent seen such big flip flopping in my life. stupid

    democrats

    October 22, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  5. Hope v. Fear

    It's that simple. Vote for the ticket that promotes HOPE. Or vote for the ticket that promotes FEAR. Obama gives the world hope. That's why 70 cuontries prefer Obama over McCain. And that's why Al Qaeda supporters prefer McCain over Obama, as they stated this week.

    October 22, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  6. New Yorker

    “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 said.

    No, his point was that you, Obama, would be tested because of your weakness and lack of experience. Biden made it very clear about what he meant when he said your followers would have to stand by you when you will apparently handle the crisis the wrong way.

    October 22, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  7. THIS IS A SERIOUS MATTER---PLEASE MAKE YOUR VOTE COUNT

    I understood exactly what Biden was trying to say... If Gidget was paying attention to Alaska, she would have realize Russia had visited Alaska 2 weeks ago which she had no idea they had been there..

    Q. And we want this lady to be a heart beat away for the Presidency.?
    A. HECK NO!

    It's like telling the fox to watch the hen house.. and we know how that would turn out. Palin would be another Cheney sleeping at the wheel, out shooting moose on the weekends and mistakenly shoots a friend.

    October 22, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  8. tulsa

    lol, I love the Republicans on here!
    Sore losers, one and all, but FUNNY!
    (I don't think they know people are laughing AT them though!)

    October 22, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  9. cnn publish my comments

    hey CNN republicans and full of hatred_

    can you just be somewhat respectful and if not at least smart and objective??
    the world is beyond your nose............ for real and literally

    NEWS : if you like to go with McPalinBushCheney reaction please move to Mars where McCain is already building his 7 homes and where Palin has a whole Neiman Marcus store there.. just that the clothes are all made of mouse skin ............
    hear CIndy will design
    hear Rove will dictate
    hear LImbaugh will inundate the airwaves and fight it with Hennety
    hear mcbush will conserve himself in a bottle to live 200 more years.. no brain thou

    October 22, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  10. Andrew Morris

    Sen. McCain was a pilot during a crisis 45 years ago, a crisis handled very skilfully be...a Democract President. He was not "tested". He was a junior officer, and any experience he gained then is completely irrelevant to whether, in 2009, he will have the temperament and judgement to handle any crisis. No-one doubts that he is a brave and distinguished veteran, but he is ill-suited to be America's commandier-in-chief.

    October 22, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  11. Ron

    Rhetorical Flourishes. Cool. I dogon betcha Sarah cannot spell it.

    October 22, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  12. Dj

    Thank you Sen. Obama... Now, allow me to interject a very critical point.

    Sen. McCain claims to have "already been tested." He bases this claim on being on a aircraft carrier waiting for orders from JFK. Which is a test of obedience as a soldier.

    Someone needs to inform him that the type of testing Sen. Biden is referring is a tesing of judgement and decision making skills as a PRESIDENT. The fact of the matter is that neither of the current candidates have been tested as PRESIDENT.

    How can he make such a claim (with a straight face)?

    October 22, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  13. New Yorker

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    “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 said.

    No, his point was that you, Obama, would be tested because of your weakness and lack of experience. Biden made it very clear about what he meant when he said your followers would have to stand by you when you will apparently handle the crisis the wrong way.

    Post the truth CNN.

    October 22, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. The Stallion & The Champ vs. The Old Mule and Winky Half-baked Alaska

    Barack and Joe have more intellectual capacity than John and Sarah, who between the two of them, are one combined brain cell away from being an amoeba.

    October 22, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  15. ANGIE

    Well leave it to the Inteligent one to clear it up do you think are you smarter then a third grader Palin understands!

    October 22, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  16. LIP

    That's a nice way of saying the guy is an idiot with a big mouth and some of you want this guy to be a heart beat away from the President. I can just see Hillary standing stage left (no pun intended) waiting for her cue when they dump Biden.

    October 22, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  17. Angie

    We know what he was saying. The mcsame gang can't think of anything to do about the issues, so they attack with lies and more lies. Stay focused and on target Senator OBAMA. You and BIDEN are what this country needs. And regardless of who is in the White House after Nov 4TH ( I HOPE AND PRAY IT WILL BE YOU). They will have to seek counsel from others in the know.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008/2012

    October 22, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  18. KLEE

    It's nice to see someone who can think on their feet and articulate it so well that it is easy to understand – and also makes sense! Doesn't resort to "sound bites" and petty "push your FEAR button" remarks. You got my vote! OBAMA/BIDEN

    October 22, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  19. Janine

    I voted for Obama/Biden last night. I'm so happy.

    October 22, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  20. tulsa

    Sweetie, you just make me giggle!

    October 22, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  21. Baby Love

    We love you Barack.

    I just went to the polls today and voted DEMOCRATIC for the first time in my life.

    Forner Republican, now Independent

    October 22, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  22. mila

    Lucky us. We can choose between inexperianced Obama and his big mouth VP, and an old guy with a too young female VP. If media and DNC were not so biased, we could have had a choice to choose a great person for a President – Hillary. Now, we should just watch this the downfall of this great country.

    October 22, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  23. Shawn - GA

    Oh we got the point, and he is right. No matter who the president is he will be tested. That is the reason we do not need a rookie at the wheel.

    Vote McCain.

    October 22, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  24. David Orbach, New York, NY

    All I know is, I'm glad that McCain is able to laugh right now, while so many of us are so full of fear. Not to worry though, come November Fifth, Little Johnny won't be feeling like anything is so humorous.

    October 22, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  25. williefloyd

    Am I the only person in this country who felt the bottom line of Biden's comment was that Obama would prove he had a backbone of steel and would be more than capable of handling ANY crisis he might face???? No one seems to finish his entire comment!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN

    CNN I DON'T KNOW WHAT ONE HAS TO DO TO GET A COMMENT POSTED, BUT PLEASE POST THIS ONE!!!!

    October 22, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
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