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Monday, December 9, 2013

Where’s Vice President Joe? Ditched by B.O. -- By Neil Munro, The Daily Caller

Where’s Vice President Joe? Ditched by B.O.President Barack Obama is flying to South Africa Monday morning to join the emotional extravaganza around the graveside of former president Nelson Mandela, leaving Vice President Joe Biden on his lonesome to attend meetings in the empty White House.

The president will board U.S. Air Force One to jet around the world to Johannesburg, the capital of South Africa, while Joe stays behind to keep the lights on at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Obama is flying away from supposedly high-priority negotiations to prevent another budget shutdown of Uncle Sam’s federal government, and also from the top-priority effort to rebuild his crashed Obamacare program.

He’s also ditching the annual Christmas party with members of Congress, including House Speaker John Boehner, even though he has often blamed the nation’s lousy economy on irrational GOP hatred of himself.

Obama’s departure, and the veep’s stay, is a reversal of the usual situation: the vice president is used as a flattering messenger to the president’s allies, such as Turkey’s Islamist prime minister, Recep Erdogan.

The rush by Obama and his wife to appear at Mandela’s memorial stands is also in sharp contrast to their snubbing the April 2013 funeral of U.K. former prime minister, Margaret Thatcher.

Obama sent only some retired Republicans and a former ambassador to Thatcher’s funeral.

Both Thatcher and Mandela were successful leaders. But Thatcher was European friend and an ally of the United States, while Mandela was an African who periodically lauded the American-hating leaders of Iran and of the Muslims living in Palestine. Arab leader Yasir Arafat was “was an icon,” Mandela said in 2004. Arafat’s death was a “great blow to all those fighting against oppression.”

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