Biden: 'I Promise You, the President Has a Big Stick'

VP was talking foreign policy, but...
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 26, 2012 12:24 PM CDT
Biden: 'I Promise You, the President Has a Big Stick'
In this March 15 file photo, Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Toledo, Ohio.   (AP Photo/Madalyn Ruggiero, File)

(Newser) – Joe Biden went after Mitt Romney today as "out of touch" on foreign policy and used the new Obama 2012 catchphrase—"Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive"—to make his point, notes Politico. "If Governor Romney had been president, could he have used the same slogan in reverse?” he asked. Romney's CEO mindset would have him ready to "subcontract our foreign policy to some expert at the State Department."

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Biden also uttered what, for better or worse, might be the most memorable line of the day: "I promise you, the president has a big stick. I promise you." He was, of course, referring to Teddy Roosevelt's advice on policy, notes Talking Points Memo: “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.” But this being the age of Twitter, well, you can just imagine the oh-so-clever tweets that ensued, notes the AtlanticWire. "We can only wait to see which of these jokes find their way to the late night comedians and Saturday Night Live," writes Alexander Abad-Santos. "Actually, we'll wait. Really." (Read more Joe Biden stories.)

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