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.”
In what was the biggest political head-fake of the Obama campaign, or just dumb luck, then VP candidate Joe Biden said that Obama will be tested as President. He didn’t know how right he was. Or did he?
“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.”
The context of his statement was regarding national defense issues on the global stage. But the economic recession and millions of jobs lost became his real test. Creating jobs, he said, was going to be his number one priority if elected. Getting Americans back to work. And his fix has deliberately ‘generated’ continued joblessness for the longest period since the Great Depression.
It’s safe to say that as President, Obama failed his biggest test. He failed it to the point that his advisers created a new measure for jobs. They called it ‘saved or created.’ But Biden was right. The resulting economic crisis became an international one, and it was generated right here by Obama and his party.