First Obama's VP candidate uses the primaries to claim that Obama is not yet ready to be President and that he would be honored to run alongside Senator McCain. Now, just weeks before the election, Obama's VP candidate STILL seems concerned about Obama's qualifications. During the primaries Biden said, "The Presidency does not lend itself to on-the-job training, and now he freely admits (stating MARK MY WORDS) that Obama will be tested (part of on-the-job training?) by a genreated international crisis.
Biden goes on to claim "I can give you at least four or five scenarios from where it might originate," mentioning the Middle East and Russia as possibilities.
It is worth mentioning that FoxNews.com reported that Obama and McCain campaign reps received national security information from the White House last week (h/t Gary Hall):
For the first time in American history, the FBI is already vetting members of the next administration in an effort to make sure that whether John McCain or Barack Obama is the next president, their staffs will be ready to handle any national security threats.
Though no specific threats are evident at this time, some members of the intelligence community say terror groups love to target countries during transition periods. Those intelligence experts point to terror attacks that came as Gordon Brown took over as Britain's new prime minister, and the Madrid bombings of March 11, 2003, that happened just before a major election there as examples of the vulnerability of new administrations.
White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten reportedly held a meeting this week with senior White House staffers and representatives from both the McCain and Obama camps. The goal was to make sure everyone is up to speed on the latest threats and have the information they need to be ready come inauguration day, Jan. 20.
Might Biden be revealing national security secrets in order to further his campaign?
Furthermore, why should American voters elect a President that will be tested (MARK HIS WORDS) if they can elect a President that will NOT be tested because he already has?
Biden goes on to compare Obama's future international crisis test to the test that JFK received citing the Cuban Missile Crisis. Little did Biden know that he was actually stumping for McCain when he brought up the Cuban Missile Crisis. You see, it was Senator McCain who was personally tested by the same kind of crisis that Democratic vice presidential nominee Joseph Biden warned Barack Obama will almost certainly face if elected president.
McCain recalled being ready to launch a bombing run during the October 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, which Biden said over the weekend tested a new President John F. Kennedy and was the template for the kind of "generated crisis" the 47-year-old Obama would face within six months of taking office.
"I was on board the USS Enterprise," McCain, a former naval aviator, said in the capital city of Harrisburg. "I sat in the cockpit, on the flight deck of the USS Enterprise, off of Cuba. I had a target. My friends, you know how close we came to a nuclear war." "America will not have a president who needs to be tested. I've been tested, my friends."
October 21, 2008 --
Joe Biden warned that America's enemies would test Barack Obama with an international crisis within six months if he's elected president - a shocking comment John McCain eagerly pounced on yesterday to claim Obama isn't ready to be commander-in-chief.
"Mark my words," Biden told donors at a Seattle fund-raiser Sunday night.
"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.
"Watch. We're going to have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy.
"And he's going to need help . . . to stand with him. Because it's not going to be apparent initially; it's not going to be apparent that we're right."
McCain treated Biden's comments as a gift while stumping across Missouri yesterday.
"The next president won't have time to get used to the office. We face many challenges here at home and many enemies abroad in this dangerous world," McCain said. "We don't want a president who invites 'testing' from the world at a time when our economy is in crisis and Americans are already fighting two wars."
McCain said it was even "more troubling" that Biden suggested supporters stick by Obama if the actions he takes are wrong or unpopular.
"Senator Obama won't have the right response, and we know that because we've seen the wrong response from him over and over during this campaign," he said.
McCain ally Rudy Giuliani also piled on.
"It has to mean that Joe Biden continues to harbor serious doubts about whether Barack Obama is prepared to be commander in chief," Giuliani said.