‘I’m gonna miss President Bush. Because Barack Obama is not easy to do jokes about… See, this is why God gave us Joe Biden.’ This is one of the many jokes made by Jay Leno about the US vice-president who seems to have replaced George W. Bush as a staple on the late night comedy shows. So why are we getting our knickers in a twist over the fact that India was not invited to a lunch hosted by Joe Biden for Non-aligned Movement (NAM) member-States? What is it that we are missing? Certainly not Mr Biden’s scintillating wit and repartee, or is it that we were salivating at the thought of old Joe’s all-American menu? But we know why Joe is being snarky with us. He is smarting from his experience in Israel when no sooner had he landed in Tel Aviv with his message of peace and reconciliation, the Jewish brothers announced the construction of new settlements in Jerusalem.
Did Joe tell them where to get off? No siree. He went home and wept on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s shoulder and she told the Israelis where to get off. Oh, sorry, said the brothers, we meant no insult, it is just that this is a good time in the market for cement. So, our point is thank God
Mr Biden did not extend the dreaded invitation to us. Imagine having to sit around yammering about a defunct political formation like NAM and claiming credit as a founder member when Joe probably thinks that Jawaharlal Nehru, if he knows who he was, is still around.
The truth is that Joe doesn’t count for a hill of beans on the Hill. So, it is better that our delegation spends its time more fruitfully trying to impress Michelle and Barack. Now we Indians are not ones to look for a free lunch in the mouth.
But if it is at chez Biden, let’s go for the delights of the local deli. So Joe doesn’t like us. Let us mangle the immortal words of Sarah Palin, ‘say it’s so Joe.’