For Biden, it’s START “day and night”

November 18, 2010

Instead of counting sheep to fall asleep at night, we imagine Vice President Joe Biden may be counting votes.

OBAMA/That’s because President Barack Obama just announced that he has told Biden to focus “day and night” on getting the START treaty ratified by Congress. (That’s what happens when you let the boss “drop by” one of your meetings.)

Obama said ratifying the nuclear arms treaty with Russia was the single most important national security issue for the lame duck Congress. “It is a national security imperative that the United States ratify the New START treaty this year.”

Obama brought up the Republican who is sacrosanct for Republicans — Ronald Reagan — as having supported START, as did every president after him,  to make the point that it should not be a partisan issue.

Then, with Biden seated to his right, Obama said: “I’ve asked Vice President Biden to focus on this issue day and night until it gets done.”        

Sounds like the Veep won’t get his 40 winks unless he gets the 67 votes…

Photo credit: Reuters/Larry Downing (Obama and Biden at meeting on START at White House)

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[...] tells his veep to focus "day and night" on getting Senate approval for the seriously endangered nuclear arms [...]

Republican Senators, led by Sen. Jon Kyl, are deliberately bucking the military leadership of the United States and are playing politics with US national security. Suppose that during the previous administration, the Democrats had opposed President George W. Bush’s efforts to protect airplanes from would-be bombers and had blocked his strategy to keep nuclear weapons out of terrorists’ hands for purely partisan reasons. Republicans would be running ads juxtaposing Democrats with Osama bin Laden, or alleging, as they did then, that Democrats are giving “comfort to America’s enemies.” Yet right now, Republicans are providing the comfort. They are blocking a Senate vote on a treaty with Russia that is critical to securing loose nukes and keeping Iran from gaining the bomb. Republicans have entered a post-post-9/11 era, in which national security is no longer a higher priority than their interest in undermining President Obama.

Posted by Yellow105 | Report as abusive

This treaty is so crucial.
Hard to believe it’s becoming political fodder.
It has been carefully worked on and agreed to.
The time to ratify is now.

Why this haggling at the eleventh hour when the future of life as we know it on earth could possibly (is!) in the balance?
Please contact your Senators and urge them to work together and support the President on at least this one occassion! I was surprised how easy it was. Thank you.

Posted by Maineroad | Report as abusive

Why should I be surprised the GOP is putting petty party politics over country? They’ve been sabotaging Obama from day one.

Posted by borisjimbo | Report as abusive