Biden plays ball with Karzai, Salahis

Luv ya, Karzai. Now, shape up, buddy!           (reuters)

For those who missed President Obama's war strategy speech Tuesday night, luckily there was Vice President Joe Biden's take on the CBS Early Show Wednesday morning — sort of a Cliffs Notes version, with subtitles and a vague sports analogy.

“The purpose is to make it clear to Karzai and his government — who up to now has been unwilling to step up to the ball, look to us for everything — that, 'Fellas, you've got to step up to the ball,'” Biden said. “And by the way, our overarching goal is al Qaeda.”

Biden! Sometimes when he speaks, it's like he's channeling Bush 1 and 2. CBS anchor Harry Smith also asked Biden about last week's state dinner, where — indeed — the vice president met the Salahis!

“Well, I didn't realize it'd get so much coverage because of a couple that walked up that acted like they were my old buddies, and I thought they were some — because I've not been part of the social scene very much, commuting for 36 years down here,” Biden said.

He added, “And I thought, 'Well, these guys are just staples, you know, in Washington society.' I was surprised when I turned on the television and find out they were apparently gate-crashers.”

Who are they? No idea! Pass the shrimp!                           (ap)

       

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