JAKARTA, Indonesia — Joe Biden returned to Washington at the end of the Group of 20 summit here to begin the search for the next job he’ll be doing for the nation he was just elected to four days ago.
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Biden will address a lunch later today with the Professional Staff Congress of the National Press Club, where he will likely make announcements about the administration’s next step.
Last night, to the delight of reporters, Biden held a press conference in hopes of wrapping up the G20 gathering and perhaps to eliminate questions from the budding reporters he’ll face in the media wilderness after he leaves the political life of vice president behind.
Biden used both the rally-round-the-flag chumminess of his extended family and his younger counterpart Gen. Joseph Dunford, who gave a short, testy answer about troop levels in Afghanistan, to illustrate the in-fighting and stereotypes that have prevented the two countries from solving the complex and costly conflict in the third world.
But he also took questions about a still unresolved climate change deal between the United States and China and North Korea’s apparent lack of interest in a potential deal, saying that he was optimistic the two leaders can seal an agreement by the end of the month.
He reiterated his criticisms of Republican opposition to the Iran nuclear deal, reiterating his personal belief that “I can’t imagine they’ll block it.”
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And he worked his political muscle on behalf of the United States, defending the release of the Hollywood-production blacklist as a win for the First Amendment and basic fairness. And he worked his Democratic muscle on behalf of the European Union’s trade deal with the United States, which is said to be only partially favorable to American producers and agricultural interests.
“It’s important to demonstrate that we can cooperate when it’s in the interests of both,” he said.
While the G20 was not an outright success on many levels — including the failure to come to terms on international trade — on Sunday, President Obama acknowledged that the occasion had succeeded in one critical respect.
“I think the spirit was a touch of desperation,” Obama said of the close election that produced a “dingy” lefty and a “lurch toward the center” in the midst of a global economic crisis.
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