The American Vice Presidency has been described as “stand by equipment”, as there is no great power in the office.
It is a frustrating office, as any Vice President must avoid seeming to take away attention from the President.
If anyone was to ask many Vice Presidents, if not all, how they felt about the position, the likelihood is that the response would be unprintable!
Ask Lyndon Johnson, Hubert Humphrey, Nelson Rockefeller, George H. W. Bush, Al Gore, and Mike Pence, as just a few examples!
They would all have plenty to complain about, if able to openly express their feelings and thoughts!
And one can be sure that Kamala Harris already has similar feelings and thoughts!
Vice President Joe Biden has made it perfectly clear that former Vice President Dick Cheney’s attack on President Obama’s careful reconsideration of Afghanistan policy is something to be ignored, saying “Who cares?”
That is the exactly proper take on Cheney’s criticism. The former Vice President was totally wrong on so much foreign policy during the Bush Administration, and actually harmed the President he served with his delusional view of the world scene.
Meanwhile, Biden is one of the real assets to President Obama. He has been willing to speak his mind, and yet has made clear that he will be loyal to whatever the President ultimately decides. The President has great confidence in his partner, and the two men together are shaping a new view of the world, which will be an asset to the nation over the next four to eight years.
It is amazing how switching from one Vice President to another can really transform the nation to the benefit of its people. Hooray again for Joe Biden, who will go down as the one of the most effective and significant Vice Presidents in American history!