Biden Guarantees an International Crisis in Six Months if Obama Wins

Democrat vice presidential candidate Joe Biden on Sunday guaranteed that if Barack Obama is elected president, there will be an international crisis within six months.

It's certainly going to be interesting to see how the Obama-loving media report this potentially huge gaffe by the Delaware senator.

UPDATE AT END OF POST: Is Biden basing this on national security information the Obama campaign received from the White House last week?

Kudos to ABC's Matthew Jaffe and the networks Political Radar blog for posting this Monday (emphasis added, partial audio embedded right):

"Mark my words," the Democratic vice presidential nominee warned at the second of his two Seattle fundraisers Sunday. "It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking. We're about to elect a brilliant 47-year-old senator president of the United States of America. Remember I said it standing here if you don't remember anything else I said. Watch, we're gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy."

"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.

Wow! Powerful stuff indeed. Think it will be widely reported?

Before you answer, consider what would happen if Sarah Palin made such a comment. Think that would be newsworthy?

We'd probably hear about it every day until the elections, wouldn't we?

*****Update: reported Sunday that Obama and McCain campaign reps received national security information from the White House last week (h/t Gary Hall):

For the first time in American history, the FBI is already vetting members of the next administration in an effort to make sure that whether John McCain or Barack Obama is the next president, their staffs will be ready to handle any national security threats. 

Though no specific threats are evident at this time, some members of the intelligence community say terror groups love to target countries during transition periods. Those intelligence experts point to terror attacks that came as Gordon Brown took over as Britain's new prime minister, and the Madrid bombings of March 11, 2003, that happened just before a major election there as examples of the vulnerability of new administrations. 

White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten reportedly held a meeting this week with senior White House staffers and representatives from both the McCain and Obama camps. The goal was to make sure everyone is up to speed on the latest threats and have the information they need to be ready come inauguration day, Jan. 20.

Might Biden be revealing national security secrets in order to further his campaign?

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