Babies are flexible little things, so I’m suspecting that as a newborn, Democratic vice-presidential candidate, Joe Biden, may have pulled up a tiny foot, stuck it in his mouth and nibbled around on his cute pink toes. He must have started early, for now in his later years, he is highly skilled in the art.
I’m probably with the majority as I try to understand the gentleman, but find his latest gaffe (if that’s what it is) downright puzzling.
A few days ago Biden issued a frightening warning when he told us that if his candidate–Senator Obama–is elected, a global issue of some sort will ensure a dangerous situation. You won’t like Obama’s response. It will not seem right, but you must stick with him. What?
“Gird your loins,” he instructed. Gird your loins? What does that mean?
“Mark my words,” the man continued.”It will not be six months (after the inauguration) before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy.”
“I can give you at least four or five scenarios from where it might originate,” Biden said to Emerald City supporters, mentioning the Middle East and Russia as possibilities. “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.”
Of what does the man speak? What is with this dire warning? Does he have inside information? Is he saying, as many people have concluded, that Senator Obama’s lack of experience and perceived weakness by some will set up America as a target by countries not overly friendly to America ? What does he mean? Will someone please ask him?
The Biblical term “Gird your loins” implies preparation for a battle, or other challenge. Perhaps we should well take Mr. Biden’s advice.