Obama hasn’t even taken office yet, and already Biden has been given “the desk closest to the door“. I had to chuckle when I read in this article from NBC, that Biden wants to “shrink” the VP role. When one compares Biden to Cheney, I don’t think Biden has any choice but to shrink the VP role.
Biden said that Cheney’s role in the Senate overstepped the bounds of the role of the VP. A transition source who was not authorized to speak on the record according to the article, interprets Bidenspeak for us in this excerpt from NBC New York:
“What he has said previously is that Vice President Cheney had an overly expansive view of the vice president, almost created like a shadow government inside the White House,” said the transition official familiar with Biden’s role. “Vice President-elect Biden has a very strong view that the vice president’s role is to be an advisor to the president and to be a member of the president’s team, and that’s how he’s going to be in the job.”
I guess Biden feels like the Veep should just visit impoverish countries, and do photo ops in hospitals and dinners. What, and actually be the right-hand man to the president? Why should the #2 guy in the free world bother with policy position? Obama has lobbyists for that.
The article goes on to say that, “Biden will not begin every day with his own intelligence briefing before sitting in on the president’s.” Just seeing the words “intelligence” and “Biden” in the same sentence gave me a good chuckle. As I said in The Biden Experiment, Obama is exposing Biden as the buffoon that he is. Not anybody with half a brain, and not even liberals believe that Biden will ever be elected president.
In further marginalizing the VPs role, the unknown transition source said,
“He’s been very clear about that from the start that he was not going to take a portfolio in particular areas,” the transition official familiar with Biden’s role said. Biden would “be available widely and broadly to offer his advice on whatever hard questions the president was trying to decide.”
And even if the vice presidency will have less dominance in the executive office than it has over the past eight years, it’s a change those close to Biden say he supports.”
Translation of “…not going to take a portfolio in particular areas“: Joe will have no specific tasks, and was only used to shore up the White vote during the election. Translation of “…it’s a change those close to Biden support“: We want him as far away from the job site, as we can possibly get him.
Biden has moved from being the Foreign Policy expert to handling the labor relations, to having “not taking a portfolio in particular areas“.
“Biden would “be available widely and broadly to offer his advice on whatever hard questions the president was trying to decide.”
Right! As if ‘The Messiah’ needs advice…and from Biden. On the other hand, look at why a real VP is chosen, and how the role is handled, according to Politico.com:
Cheney came to the vice presidency with decades of executive experience, in both the executive branch and the private sector, having served as White House chief of staff for President Gerald Ford, House minority whip, secretary of defense under President George H.W. Bush and chairman of the oil services company Halliburton before becoming Bush’s running mate. Biden, on the other hand, was a lawyer in Delaware and then a member of the New Castle County Council before spending 36 years in the U.S. Senate.
Cheney gave top-classified intelligence briefings that the president would typically give. He headed up a group that gave Bush a short list for Supreme Court nominees. Cheney joined the weekly luncheon of Bush’s economic team, and he seen as the force behind the Bush tax cuts. He was known to present the president with proposals that would more commonly be the purview of Cabinet members.
The simple fact is that if you have been a Boy Scout Leader or ran a deli, you have more experience than Biden. And as I wrote in “Biden Says I’m No Cheney“, he most certainly is not.
That’s my rant!
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