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"And here's the point I want to make. Mark my words. Mark
my words. 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. And he's gonna have to make some
really tough - I don't know what the decision's gonna be,
but I promise you it will occur. As a student of history
and having served with seven presidents, I guarantee you
it's gonna happen. I can give you at least four or five
scenarios from where it might originate. 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. Because all these decisions, all these decisions,
once they're made if they work, then they weren't viewed
as a crisis. If they don't work, it's viewed as you didn't
make the right decision, a little bit like how we
hesitated so long dealing with Bosnia and dealing with
Kosovo, and consequently 200,000 people lost their lives
that maybe didn't have to lose lives. It's how we made a
mistake in Iraq. We made a mistake in Somalia. So there's
gonna be some tough decisions. They may emanate from the
Middle East. They may emanate from the sub-continent. They
may emanate from Russia's newly-emboldened position
because they're floating in a sea of oil."
After again touting Cantwell's judgment, Biden told the
crowd to "gird your loins."
"Only thing I'm asking you is, you know, gird your loins.
We're gonna win with your help, God willing, we're gonna
win, but this is not gonna be an easy ride. This
president, the next president, is gonna be left with the
most significant task. It's like cleaning the Aegean
stables, man. This is more than just, this is more than -
think about it, literally, think about it - this is more
than just a capital crisis, this is more than just
markets, this is a systemic problem we have with this
As he did last week in Missouri, Biden then touted Obama's
team of economic advisers.
"I have great respect and have had great respect for a
long time for Barack Obama, but I've never, I never
thought that I'd have the kind of respect I have after
watching him assemble probably the finest economic team
that's been put together in the history of this country,
Democrats and Republicans. You should see him orchestrate
these meetings we have with 18 of the best minds in the
world, from both parties. There's no doubt about who's
charge, Gov. There's no doubt. There's no doubt about how
incisive his questions are. What he asks of this group is
stunning in terms of there responses. They kind of go,
'whoa, whoa!' This guy has an ability to move to the quick
of things like anybody I've ever served with, at least
this up close. So I think we're gonna put our hands, take
this ship (inaudible) in the right hands. I think we got
this ticket right. I think we got it in the right balance
After a round of applause, Biden continued.
"I've forgotten more about foreign policy than most of my
colleagues know, so I'm not being falsely humble with you.
I think I can be value added, but this guy has it. This
guy has it. But he's gonna need your help. Because I
promise you, you all are gonna 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
gonna have to make some incredibly tough decisions in the
first two years. So I'm asking you now, 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
Noting that he's a practicing Irish-Catholic, the Delaware
lawmaker said, "Let's not be, for those of a different
faith remember St. Peter denied Christ thrice, you know?
We don't need anybody denying us, this is gonna be tough.
There are gonna be a lot of you who want to go 'whoa, wait
a minute, yo, whoa, whoa, I don't know about that
decision.' Because if you think the decision is sound when
they're made, which I believe you will when they're made,
they're not likely to be as popular as they are sound.
Because if they're popular, they're probably not sound."
While the crowd laughed, Biden noticed your pooler in the
back of the room pounding away at his keyboard.
"I probably shouldn't have said all this because it dawned
on me that the press is here," the senator said.
"All kidding aside, these guys have left us in a God-awful
place. We have the ability to straighten it out. It's
gonna take a little bit of time, so I ask you to stay with
us. Stay with us."
And with that, he handed the mic back to Cantwell.
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