At VFW Convention Speech, Obama Mentions Biden

Tea leaves in Orlando?

Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, is speaking to the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention here in Orlando, Florida, though the politico-media-industrial complex is more focused on whom he will select as his running mate.

And lo and behold, he mentioned one of the presumed finalists -- Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del. -- in his remarks, when discussing the conflict in Georgia.

"For months, I have called for active international engagement to resolve the disputes over South Ossetia and Abkhazia," Obama said. "I made it crystal clear before, at the beginning of, and during this conflict that Georgia’s territorial integrity must be respected, and that Georgia should be integrated into transatlantic institutions."

Obama continued, "I have condemned Russian aggression, and today I reiterate my demand that Russia abide by the cease-fire. Russia must know that its actions will have consequences. They will imperil the Civil Nuclear Agreement, and Russia’s standing in the international community – including the NATO-Russia Council, and Russia’s desire to participate in organizations like the WTO and the OECD.

"Finally, we must help Georgia rebuild that which has been destroyed," Obama said. "That is why I’m proud to join my friend, Senator Joe Biden, in calling for an additional $1 billion in reconstruction assistance for the people of Georgia."

- jpt

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