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Sun Sep 1, 2019, 02:49 PM

 

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 Iíd never heard before.

"If weíre in NATO, we wonít 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 thatís why you want to get into NATO, Iíll 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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Response to peggysue2 (Original post)

Sun Sep 1, 2019, 02:54 PM

1. Joe Biden will restore and build upon the normalcy and stability that Trump has destroyed

 


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Response to Gothmog (Reply #1)

Sun Sep 1, 2019, 03:24 PM

3. I think that's absolutely correct, Gothmog

 

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.
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Response to peggysue2 (Original post)

Sun Sep 1, 2019, 03:22 PM

2. Thank you for this perspective from

 

former State Sen. Jim Rosapepe, Peggysue!

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

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Response to Cha (Reply #2)

Sun Sep 1, 2019, 03:29 PM

4. Thanks, Cha!

 

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

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Response to peggysue2 (Reply #4)

Sun Sep 1, 2019, 03:37 PM

5. No doubt! Here's a brilliant description of what Biden's about..

 

from Ron Klain..

Critics have suggested that Biden wants a ďthrowbackĒ 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 isnít 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
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Response to Cha (Reply #5)

Sun Sep 1, 2019, 04:56 PM

7. x1000

 

. . . this isnít 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!
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Response to peggysue2 (Reply #7)

Sun Sep 1, 2019, 06:13 PM

11. Yes.. that attempt to say Joe Biden

 

wants to go backward is Bassackwards!

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

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Response to peggysue2 (Original post)

Sun Sep 1, 2019, 04:31 PM

6. K&R! Great read! Thanks for posting this!

 

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Response to highplainsdem (Reply #6)

Sun Sep 1, 2019, 04:57 PM

8. Most welcome!

 

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Response to peggysue2 (Original post)

Sun Sep 1, 2019, 05:29 PM

9. Thank you.

 

If I were to vote in a presidential
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Response to peggysue2 (Original post)

Sun Sep 1, 2019, 05:49 PM

10. The world will respect any of our Democratic candidates as President.

 



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.

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Response to aikoaiko (Reply #10)

Sun Sep 1, 2019, 08:43 PM

13. Which candidate is the world asking for? I'll wait for a response...

 

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Response to Skya Rhen (Reply #13)

Sun Sep 1, 2019, 08:49 PM

14. Any Democratic.

 

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Response to aikoaiko (Reply #10)

Sun Sep 1, 2019, 10:22 PM

15. If you read the post

 

you'd know that Romanian was part of the opposition party, not the ruling party.
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Response to peggysue2 (Original post)

Sun Sep 1, 2019, 08:32 PM

12. Great article

 

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Response to peggysue2 (Original post)

Sun Sep 1, 2019, 11:06 PM

16. K&R nt

 

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Response to peggysue2 (Original post)

Mon Sep 2, 2019, 12:24 AM

17. I don't know...

 

...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/

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Response to peggysue2 (Original post)

Mon Sep 2, 2019, 03:43 AM

18. Joe Biden is excellent at Foreign Policy and Domestic!

 

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


I'm going to get the last word here.
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Response to peggysue2 (Original post)

Mon Sep 2, 2019, 04:44 AM

19. K&R

 

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Response to peggysue2 (Original post)

Mon Sep 2, 2019, 06:06 AM

20. Joe has the cure. nt

 

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