Friday, October 9, 2015

Biden's meetings: big news

Veep Joe Biden met with some African leaders attending the White House-African summit. Here are, um, details.

Biden's meetings: big news


Perhaps you caught some of the news coming from the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington and the White House dinner for hundreds Tuesday night.

I'm not going to run my usual rant on the entertainment (Lionel Richie), invited movie stars (Robert DeNiro) or the menu and the wines -- the latter you can read about it here.

What caught my eye was a series of one-paragraph "news" releases from the White House press office about various meetings between VP Joe Biden (he who may or may not run for president in 2016) and African-nation presidents.

Here are samples.

Biden met with President Jacob Zuma of South Africa: "The two also discussed African peacekeeping capabilities, including support for an African rapid response mechanism, to help address peace and security needs on the continent. Additionally, the two exchanged views on the Gaza crisis and Syria."

(Always good to "exchange views," no?)

Biden met with President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria: "The Vice President reiterated U.S. partnership in defeating the terrorist threat and the need to pursue holistic approaches that respect and protect human rights."

(Holistic approaches are good. Human rights are good. Problem solved.)

Biden met with President Moncef Marzouki of Tunisia: "Vice President Biden and President Marzouki agreed on the importance of a successful democratic transition in Tunisia, which would set an important precedent for the entire region."

(Success is important. As are precedents.)

I don't know about you but I feel a lot better knowing that Vice President Biden can agree with so many leaders of other countries.

I'm just sorry I missed out on the cappuccino fudge cake and the 2013 Napa Valley Black Coyote Sauvignon Blanc. Gotta be good wine. The 2010 sold for $48 a-bottle.

Cheers. Or grrrrr.





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