Then-Senator Joe Biden, running for vice president, had it right in October 2008, mostly. He said, in a near political death wish, that the "about to be elected" Barack Obama would face a major international crisis, because he was young and someone, somewhere, would "test" him. Remember this?
Another mistake: He said he was "brilliant."
But instead of a foreign country doing us harm, Mr. Biden must have meant a foreign company. That's right. He just "misspoke." Still, the president is being tested — and he isn't passing the test (see Dick Morris). Thank goodness it isn't a foreign country testing him although one wonders about the snickers of those who wish us harm. Certainly they are taking note and we should stay alert.
Of course, the president, as a candidate, brought all this on himself, claiming that government can do everything, from "fixing health care" to stemming the "rise of the oceans" (see Althouse Blog). As a liberal, I'm sure he believes in karma, and the irony of him not being able to fix the Gulf oil spill even as he railed that government could make New Orleans whole immediately after Katrina should not be lost on anyone. Is this the gang you want running your health care? (See The Daily Caller regarding HHS already missing the new law's deadlines.)
So, as it is, it's a foreign company, BP, doing us harm, putting the young administration in (a real) crisis. Thank goodness it's only a company. Let this be a lesson to the government-knows-best crowd.
It's only a foreign company, but President Obama's inability to deal with the crisis leaves a lot to be desired, more doubt about government takeover of industries, and adversaries licking their chops.