The Obama administration’s new excuse to explain why Vice-President Joe Biden will be “out of the country” when Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addresses Congress next month is that he has to attend a Panama government inauguration – that occurred last July.
Kerry also has conveniently planned a trip to skip not only Netanyahu’s speech but also the annual pro-Israeli lobby AIPAC, which until this year has been a favorite podium for American political leaders to say how much they love Israel. Like Biden, he also does not where to keep himself busy and out of trouble.
The White House previously has stated that Kerry and Biden won’t be around for Biden, but now they are trying to figure out what kind of event in a foreign country they can dig up to elegantly get out of being questioned in Washington when Netanyahu is speaking.
The vice president of the United States normally attends joint sessions of Congress, but National Security Council Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan stated last month, “As a matter of long-standing practice and principle, we do not see heads of state or candidates in close proximity to their elections…. The President has been clear about his opposition to Congress passing new legislation on Iran that could undermine our negotiations and divide the international community.”
Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Minority leader in the House of Representatives, insisted that many if not most of her party’s Congressmen are not boycotting the Prime Minister, She said:
I don’t think anybody should use the word ‘boycott. When these heads of state come, people are here doing their work, they’re trying to pass legislation, they’re meeting with their constituents and the rest. It’s not a high-priority item for them.
The Prime Minister of Israel is going to speak about the Iranian nuclear program aimed at developing a nuclear weapon that threatens the entire world, and Pelosi says his speech “is not a high priority for them.”
And what is Biden’s cover-up for Obama’s orders to go invisible when Netanyahu speaks?
State Dept. spokeswoman Jen Psaki explained to reporters Wednesday, “I believe the Vice President’s attending the inauguration for the new Government of Panama.”
That is very interesting because the Panama government was inaugurated last July 1.
Associated Press journalist asked Psaki about the contradiction, and she admitted that “perhaps that’s not the right information.”
When Lee persisted that perhaps Psaki can “invent a country that he could go to,” she insisted, “I don’t think inaugurations for new leaders are invented.”
She is right. Excuses, and not inaugurations, are invented.
So where will Biden and Kerry find themselves on March 3?
Well, we’ve already been clear that we don’t have to plan – we don’t have plans, I should say, to have a meeting. I think the more likely reason is that the Secretary is probably going to be out of town, which I don’t think surprises any of you, given his overseas travel schedule. We’re still working out the next couple of weeks.
“We have a trip we’re working on for early March, late February.”
As a gesture to the government of the United States, The Jewish Press has done some homework for the Obama administration and has come up with suggestions where Kerry and Biden can go in hiding.
First of all, they shouldn’t miss the opportunity to attend the Malaysian International Furniture Fair, which begins March 3.
They can get “two for the price of one” in Malaysia by visiting the three-day conference, beginning on March 3, of the Global Food Safety Conference. They can tune in on the main topic, “How well do you know your Supply Chain?”Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu