October 20th, 2008
08:00 AM ET
13 years ago

Biden predicts early crisis will test Obama

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SEATTLE (CNN) - Joe Biden told Democratic fundraisers Sunday night that there is no doubt in his mind a crisis will occur during Barack Obama's first six months in office that will test his mettle and force him to make unpopular decisions.

"Mark my words. It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy," said Biden to a roomful of donors. "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," Biden continued. "Watch, we're going to have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy.

"I promise you it will occur. As a student of history and having served with seven presidents, I guarantee you it's going happen. I can give you at least four or five scenarios from where it might originate."

The Delaware senator spoke at two Seattle fundraises Sunday night, expected to bring in $1 million for the campaign. Biden told the supporters that when Obama will need them to stand with the administration on the difficult calls - not financially, but by using their influence within their communities to convince others that the right decisions are being made.

"I promise you, you all are going to be sitting here a year from now going, 'Oh my God, why are they there in the polls, why is the polling so down, why is this thing so tough?' We're going have to make some incredibly tough decisions in the first two years," said Biden. "I'm asking you now, be prepared to stick with us. Remember the faith you had at this point because you're going to have to reinforce us."

Telling the crowd to "gird their loins" for a bumpy beginning to the next presidential term, Biden said it wouldn't be initially apparent that the correct decisions are being made because "they're not likely to be as popular as they are sound. Because if they're popular, they're probably not sound."

Fundraisers are generally closed to the media's cameras, though print journalists are usually allowed in. Biden appeared to forget Sunday night's fundraiser wasn't closed to reporters, saying, "I probably shouldn't have said all this because it dawned on me that the press is here." Moments later, he ended his remarks.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (119 Responses)
  1. Tony

    GO JOE!

    October 20, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  2. Tony

    Better you and Obama than McCain and his dimwit!

    October 20, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  3. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    If the test presented itself to McWarmonger, we'd be in another expensive war with our young men and women being killed and maimed in THREE countries.

    I'll trust Obama/Biden

    October 20, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |

    With OBAMA, BIDEN, BOTH CLINTONS, POWELL, HAGEL..... leading our great country..... I feel very, very, very, safe...... that is why I VOTED for Obama 2 weeks ago!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 20, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  5. Team America

    Thank you Joe Biden for making my decision easier. If you say there will be some big crisis within the first 6 months of an Obama presidency, then the question is who is better prepared to handle that. An unexperienced senator? Or the experienced senator with military and foreign policy experience? That's the question. My money is on McCain to be more prepared for that crisis.

    October 20, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  6. That one is Karl Marxs friend too

    Joe, you are a bumbling idiot. Do you think anyone will listen to your bumbling talk? Why don't you tell us the other story where you said Obama was not experienced enough to be POTUS?? That one we actually believed.

    October 20, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  7. Greg in Mpls

    Gotta love Joe Biden! He's got a firm grasp on the job that he and Obama have in front of them.

    He looks to history so that he and Obama can learn from it and repeat it.

    Keep your eye on the ball Joe!

    October 20, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |


    October 20, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  9. People make no sense

    If McCain was president – he would suspend his presidency, cancel an appearance with a tv show, do another tv show, fly across country to do a global initiative program, show up when the problems resolved and make a mockery of the whole process, have his own party not believe in him and vote against him, take claim for the progress that he destroyed and blame the media for all that went wrong.

    October 20, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  10. PLJones

    Okay and Joe you drank what before you made this speech...

    My bible says death and life are in the power of the tongue, so why are you speaking, a negative situation over Obama, when you should be speaking upbeat and positive things..

    Haven't we heard enough negativity??? or is it just me....

    There is a famous quote that says –

    It is best to be quiet, and be thought a fool, then to speak and remove all doubt...

    Joe although, I am pulling for the Obama/Biden ticket, but this is one of those moments when you should have kept quiet.

    October 20, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  11. How McCain will win.

    It will be interesting to see if CNN covers the story of voter fraud in West Virginia.
    Early voters have reported that the electronic voting machines automatically place their vote to McCain/Palin when they try to vote for Obama/Biden.

    The checked box jumps to McCain every time for some of the machines. People have complained but no one is being held accountable and folks are being told that there's nothing anyone can do about it. What's even worse is that since there are no receipts from the machine, there's no way to fully dispute it.

    This is true voter fraud, but I know CNN will never print this or even cover this. This election year will be just like 2000 Bush/Kerry.

    October 20, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  12. Andy

    If it looks like socialism, acts like socialism and taxes like socialism, guess what?.....

    Com'on Joe, its no secret, just come out and say it!!

    October 20, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  13. Steve04074

    Good Lord, what is wrong with Joe Biden?? Why in the world is he scaring the bejesus out of people with talk about a "crisis testing Barack Obama" within the 1st six months of his administration?? Way to scare potential Obama voters, Joe! Shut the he** up with blather like this!

    October 20, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  14. girded loins

    What a strange & blunt thing to say.
    I s'ppose it is probably true. Not sure if anyone will remember this to indeed heed his warning when the crisis day comes & unpopular decisions are made. Biden is the real deal.

    October 20, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |

    Please let everyone you know to go to 'BarrackObama.com' and check out the 'Tax Savings Calculator'. With 3 or 4 inputs, they will find out how much more they will save under Obama's plan compared to McCains'. I think this is very powerful and everyone should know it.

    Please E-mail to everyone in your Address Book.


    October 20, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  16. Joe is a foot eater

    Yes Joe you are correct, wel all understand that during the transition between Presidents someone will do something because they think it a good time to. That sir is the very reason why Mr. Obama has no business in the Whitehouse. He is not ready, are you campaining for the GOP now?

    October 20, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  17. Robert, Somerset NJ

    Is he running for VP or is he a fortune teller?

    October 20, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  18. Shari, NY

    Rome was not built in a day, neither will the shattered state of affairs beseiging this country. We all have contribute to society

    October 20, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  19. spiderweb

    Biden is a wise man and only human...and he and Obama will do well even when challenged internationally or nationaly!! ! Why? Just run the country as your team has run the campaign and we all will do well! And to all those so-called evangelicals....prayer is the most powerful weapon in the world and on this earth. So it has been written, so it has been done. Obama/Biden 2008

    October 20, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |

    Will you let your 5 year old drive your car?.will a company name the newest employee of the company to be the CEO? Well this is the same. Obama have NO EXPERIENCE AND ITS NOT NATURAL FOR SOMEONE TO RUN OUR COUNTRY WHIT NO KNOWLEDGE ON HOW TO RUN OUR COUNTRY.

    October 20, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  21. ready for change

    mccain palin and their party have had EIGHT YEARS putting us in this MESS, naturally it will take some time to come out of it, but with OBAMA-BIDEN leading us we will prevail, AMERICA WILL AGAIN RISE TO THE GREAT COUNTRY WE ALL KNOW AND LOVE, VOTE OBAMA-BIDEN

    October 20, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  22. Chris B

    At least he's honest....

    October 20, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  23. Will the Real Maverick Please Stand Up?

    "We're about to elect a brilliant 47-year-old senator as president of the United States of America."

    I really do hope so.

    Restore America as a leader on the world stage.


    Obama/Biden '08

    October 20, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  24. Obama08FL

    The sad thing is that people would rather be poor and starving before they would vote a black man in office, because a lot of people in America are just that ignorant. They will put these idiots in office, and then say why did I vote this way. You get what you deserve, put these morons in office. It won't affect me, because I have enough where these morons would never affect my wallet.

    October 20, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  25. Jen, California

    You betcha, Joe. THAT is why we can't afford to have an inexperienced, no-substance, 140-day-on-the-job freshman senator like Obama at the helm! HOW TRULY SCARY!

    McCain/Palin !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 20, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
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