Vice President Joe Biden is expected to miss Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's controversial address to a joint meeting of Congress because of foreign travel, Biden's office said Friday.
The announcement comes amid deep White House irritation over Netanyahu's decision to accept an invitation from House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, without either party consulting the administration. The White House blasted the move as a breach of diplomatic protocol and said President Barack Obama would not meet with Netanyahu during next month's visit.
But Biden, as president of the Senate, would typically have attended a joint meeting of Congress, taking his familiar seat just behind the speaker's podium. Whether Biden would still carry out his ceremonial duties became the focus of increased speculation this week as some Democratic lawmakers said they planned to skip the March 3 speech.
On Friday, Biden's office confirmed that the vice president was expected to be abroad during Netanyahu's visit. Biden's office did not announce any details of where the vice president would be traveling, but insisted the unspecified trip had been in the works before the prime minister's speech was announced.
Biden has only missed one prior joint meeting of Congress: a 2011 address to lawmakers by former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, whose speech coincided with another overseas trip by the vice president.
Lying, coward....goofball....if there ever was one....he is....Proud Democrat....proud of what??? Another example of Jarrett's control...he got a phone call from the "white house" war room.
Hey all you jewish people that put obama in office twice and ll the democrats, now you are get paid back by obama and the democrats against the prime minister of your country Israel. This a slap in the face and a knife in the back of all you Jewish people. I hope this opens up your eyes and have your realize that democrats do not support the jewish people and remember it in 2016.
I give the Jews a pass on their first vote in 08. They along with millions of white Christians...were bamboozled!! The second vote in 12....forgetaboudit....they got and are getting what they deserve for being so stupid...guess a better word would be ignorant. Results the same....course, blind, stupid and/or drunk...probably all three....a more accurate description of those low/IQ/info voters!!
The bottom line is that if Biden chooses to go along with Obama's game; that will be his loss.
Biden and Obama will not be needed nor missed!
As long as Netanyahu knows that a flood of true Americans are glad that he is coming; that is what he must take note.
We should only feel bad if a great person would evade us; but...Biden or Obama??? they would only be in the way.
Thank you, Mr. Prime Minister Netanyahu, for taking time from your very busy schedule, to visit our country and to come to converse with American Patriots who love America and who highly appreciate you.
Agree wholeheartedly!!! Great post. Democrats in DC...specifically Hussein just can not stand to be in the same room with a real leader and Hero/Patriot in Israel!!!
Im with you An AMERICAN! Id love to have a president half as god as Mr. Netanyahu...instead of the muslim/weenie were stuck with now.
No matter... He'd most likely 'miss it' even if He was present :/
That is so funny, and so true!
"That is so funny, and so true!" ...and sad all at the same time.
We're probably better off that he NOT be there....then he won't have the opportunity to say something incredibly stupid, or laugh inappropriately...
Good one Marilyn....And so damn true...hehe
Patriotic Republicans should have skipped Barry Hussein's (pbuh) State of the Union speech. Since we cannot get the truth from Barry, we need more world leaders to address Congress and the American people.