The covers of magazines all capture the President-Elect, Barack Obama, his family, and his excitement for becoming the first African-American president. However, he is not the only man making a transition into higher power. Vice President-elect Joe Biden will also be transitioning into a new position. But, where has the coverage been on the 36-year Senate veteran?
Joe Biden’s coverage has been minimal in the media, though he has been at the side of Obama the whole ride after Nov. 4th. Before accepting the running mate slot next to Obama, Biden told him he wouldn’t want to be vice president like the past two who have mainly focused on reorganizing government and who took on smaller tasks. He wouldn’t “want to be a vice president who is not part of the major decisions” Obama would make as president, he told The New Yorker in an interview in October.
Biden’s recent decision for Chief of Staff, Ron Klain, who also filled the position while Al Gore was vice president, will allow him more time to focus on being at Obama’s side and making decisions in his areas of interest.
With that, it is said that Biden will have special interests in his expertise, foreign affairs and the Iraq war. Along with the fact that his son will be deployed this month, Biden has had much experience with dealing with foreign affairs for over three decades in the Senate.
Also, Biden has been at been at every President-elect’s meeting, and has made phone calls to several foreign leaders, including Polish President Lech Kaczynski. Biden was asked to smooth over miscommunication after Obama spoke to Kaczynski last week about Bush’s missile defense project. Later on it was said that it was a misinterpretation on the Polish President’s part.
Biden also spoke to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Brown’s predecessor, Tony Blair, Israel’s foreign and defense minister, Israeli’s opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu, and Jordan’s King Abdullah II, according to the Associated Press.
Biden would also like to use his 36 years of experience in the senate to push Obama’s agenda in Congress. He wants to turn around what current Vice President Cheney has done in the past eight years, and he wants to focus on a new tomorrow for the United States.
In an interview with anchor Katie Couric during “CBS Evening News,” Couric asked about what Cheney has done as a vice president, and Biden’s reactions.
“But the thing I think he’s [Cheney] really, really has done: I think he’s done more harm than any other single high elected official in memory in terms of shredding the Constitution,” Biden said. “You know, condoning torture, pushing torture as a policy, this idea of a unitary executive, meaning the Congress and the people have no power in a time of war, and the president controls everything. I don’t have any animus toward Dick Cheney, but I really do think his attitude about the Constitution and the prosecution of this war has been absolutely wrong.”
Though there have been harsh words directed at Cheney, he still gave Biden and his wife the tour of the White House, and where he will be making decisions for the country.
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Overall, Biden is looking for a better way for the United States to be run, and he feels that by being at Obama’s side for the next four years, there will be change, just what the people asked for.