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peggysue2

(11,065 posts)
Sun Sep 1, 2019, 03:49 PM Sep 2019

How Do We Know Joe Biden Would Make a Good President?

According to former State Sen. Jim Rosapepe and former U.S. ambassador to Romania from 1998-2001, the answer is simple:

Because He's Already Proven It.

This writeup was in the Baltimore Sun, adapted from an article published in Wall St. Journal in 2008. It underscores Joe Biden's hands-on experience in foreign policy and international affairs, something none of our other candidates bring to the table. And it speaks to Biden's in-depth knowledge regarding geopolitics. The op-ed is a behind the scenes peek from someone who was there and was able to observe Biden in action. Particularly fascinating (for me at least) was this scene:

In most of our meetings, Romanian leaders reiterated their strong interest in joining NATO. At lunch in my house with opposition party leaders, one of them said that NATO membership was important to their country for a reason I’d never heard before.

"If we’re in NATO, we won’t have to worry about NATO attacking Romania over our relations with our Hungarian minority the way you attacked Serbia," he said. "Since Turkey has been in NATO for decades, you let them do what they want with the Kurdish minority."

Mr. Biden, visibly angry, rose from his chair, leaned across the table and said: "If that’s why you want to get into NATO, I’ll make sure you never do!"


As it turned--despite what the opposition party member had blurted out--the Romanians were honest brokers committed to good relations with their Hungarian minority. They were admitted to NATO in 2004. Having proven themselves, Joe Biden supported their membership.

Rosapepe goes on to say:

What struck me was the frankness and passion Mr. Biden brought to U.S. foreign policy. He knew when to say the right thing in the right way. And the Romanians respected him for it.


Wouldn't it be grand to have an American President respected on the world stage? Rather than hated and ridiculed. Our standing in the world, the relationship with allies and adversaries, our ability to offer carrot or stick, has a lot to do with our own national security. This is an arena in which Donald Trump has proven himself completely incompetent.

Joe Biden's been there. He can turn it around for everyone because he understands that domestic and foreign policy is linked. We lead by example or we do not lead at all. Which is the position we're in right now, flailing in all directions.

More at the link:

https://www.baltimoresun.com/opinion/op-ed/bs-ed-op-biden-rosapepe-20190829-7dbmwz4u3bbghl77mdemowr2re-story.html

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
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How Do We Know Joe Biden Would Make a Good President? (Original Post) peggysue2 Sep 2019 OP
Joe Biden will restore and build upon the normalcy and stability that Trump has destroyed Gothmog Sep 2019 #1
I think that's absolutely correct, Gothmog peggysue2 Sep 2019 #3
Thank you for this perspective from Cha Sep 2019 #2
Thanks, Cha! peggysue2 Sep 2019 #4
No doubt! Here's a brilliant description of what Biden's about.. Cha Sep 2019 #5
x1000 peggysue2 Sep 2019 #7
Yes.. that attempt to say Joe Biden Cha Sep 2019 #11
K&R! Great read! Thanks for posting this! highplainsdem Sep 2019 #6
Most welcome! peggysue2 Sep 2019 #8
Thank you. Joe941 Sep 2019 #9
The world will respect any of our Democratic candidates as President. aikoaiko Sep 2019 #10
Which candidate is the world asking for? I'll wait for a response... Skya Rhen Sep 2019 #13
Any Democratic. aikoaiko Sep 2019 #14
If you read the post jrandom421 Sep 2019 #15
Great article Gothmog Sep 2019 #12
K&R nt NYMinute Sep 2019 #16
I don't know... myohmy2 Sep 2019 #17
Joe Biden is excellent at Foreign Policy and Domestic! Cha Sep 2019 #18
K&R Tarheel_Dem Sep 2019 #19
Joe has the cure. nt oasis Sep 2019 #20
 

Gothmog

(149,077 posts)
1. Joe Biden will restore and build upon the normalcy and stability that Trump has destroyed
Sun Sep 1, 2019, 03:54 PM
Sep 2019
If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

peggysue2

(11,065 posts)
3. I think that's absolutely correct, Gothmog
Sun Sep 1, 2019, 04:24 PM
Sep 2019

And it's the definition of 'normal/normalcy' that voters are referring to when they express their support for Joe Biden. No one is looking to recapture the past. However, we need to cleanup the mess on aisles 1 through 1000 before pushing forward. People trust Biden is the man for that repair and recovery and has the ability to unite us at the same time.

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

Cha

(300,574 posts)
2. Thank you for this perspective from
Sun Sep 1, 2019, 04:22 PM
Sep 2019

former State Sen. Jim Rosapepe, Peggysue!

Return to Excellence.. who cares if it's "normal" to many!

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

peggysue2

(11,065 posts)
4. Thanks, Cha!
Sun Sep 1, 2019, 04:29 PM
Sep 2019

Yes, Return to Excellence is a much better phrase and a quality that's been given short shrift for nearly 3 years.

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

Cha

(300,574 posts)
5. No doubt! Here's a brilliant description of what Biden's about..
Sun Sep 1, 2019, 04:37 PM
Sep 2019

from Ron Klain..

Critics have suggested that Biden wants a “throwback” presidency. But his campaign is not about a restoration of a time gone by, but rather a realization of an American promise not yet achieved. When he calls for a country based on the timeless principle that government should check the abuse of power, this isn’t a gauzy appeal to a time before Trump, but rather a bold statement of the kind of future we can build together if we are willing to try. It is exactly what we need in a time of powerful forces trying to arrest social and economic progress.

Brilliant!

highplainsdem!https://www.democraticunderground.com/1287262004
If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

peggysue2

(11,065 posts)
7. x1000
Sun Sep 1, 2019, 05:56 PM
Sep 2019
. . . this isn’t a gauzy appeal to a time before Trump, but rather a bold statement of the kind of future we can build together if we are willing to try.

On the money!
If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

Cha

(300,574 posts)
11. Yes.. that attempt to say Joe Biden
Sun Sep 1, 2019, 07:13 PM
Sep 2019

wants to go backward is Bassackwards!

Wonder how the Dems and our Allies in the Swing states feel about "normal"?

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

highplainsdem

(50,047 posts)
6. K&R! Great read! Thanks for posting this!
Sun Sep 1, 2019, 05:31 PM
Sep 2019
If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

aikoaiko

(34,195 posts)
10. The world will respect any of our Democratic candidates as President.
Sun Sep 1, 2019, 06:49 PM
Sep 2019


Is this really a great example of foreign diplomacy by Biden?

The Romanian called the US out on our problematic support of Turkey as a NATO country.
Joe reacted in anger.
The Romanians still got what they wanted.

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Undecided
 

Skya Rhen

(2,706 posts)
13. Which candidate is the world asking for? I'll wait for a response...
Sun Sep 1, 2019, 09:43 PM
Sep 2019
If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

jrandom421

(1,026 posts)
15. If you read the post
Sun Sep 1, 2019, 11:22 PM
Sep 2019

you'd know that Romanian was part of the opposition party, not the ruling party.

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

myohmy2

(3,407 posts)
17. I don't know...
Mon Sep 2, 2019, 01:24 AM
Sep 2019

...a testimonial from an ambassador to Romania?

...I'm not saying Jim's a bad guy or a bad ambassador but it would be like getting a recommendation for a new vehicle from my cousin Earl's beautician wife...

...I would listen, but, I don't know...

...I would need something more to confirm who would 'Make a Good President'...


https://berniesanders.com/issues/

...

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

Cha

(300,574 posts)
18. Joe Biden is excellent at Foreign Policy and Domestic!
Mon Sep 2, 2019, 04:43 AM
Sep 2019

He's had brilliant experience with the Recovery Act of 2009, too.. and ACA!



I'm going to get the last word here.
If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

oasis

(50,493 posts)
20. Joe has the cure. nt
Mon Sep 2, 2019, 07:06 AM
Sep 2019
If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
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