Quotations from Chairman Joe

This series is inspired by Quotations From Chairman LBJ, published by Simon and Schuster in 1968 in the form of Quotations From Chairman Mao (“The Little Red Book”). The cover depicted President Johnson in a Mao jacket. With thirty chapters on varying subjects, the book was “translated” (compiled) by Jack Shepherd and Christopher Wren.

I still have my copy. Beyond the humor, it’s actually a valuable book. Shepherd and Wren write in their brier preface: “Let workers, peasants, students, housewives and Republicans study, memorize and digest the exhortations of Chairman Johnson. Let little children add their tiny voices to public and private recitations of these joyous inspirations.”

So let it be written. So let it be done.

It’s a shame that commercial publishers have lost their appetite for mocking Democratic presidents. President Biden provides a steady stream of new material every day, much of it related to the sunset of his mind in the foggy ruins of time.

Biden sat for an interview with Time at the White House on May 28. The transcript makes for painful reading. Matt Continetti observes that “[t]he weirdest moment comes when the reporters ask Biden to describe his second-term agenda.” Here is Biden’s response:

To finish what I started in the first term. To continue to make sure that the European continent—I’ll tell you, I got a call from Kissinger about 10 days before he died. And he used the following comment. He said that not since Napoleon has Europe not looked over their shoulder at dread with what Europe—what Russia may do, until now. Until now, you can’t let that change.

The point is that we have an opportunity to have the decisions we make in the last couple of years, in the next four years, are going to determine the future of Europe for a long time to come. And so that’s why we can not let NATO fail, we have to build that both politically and economically. And militarily, which we’re investing significantly. In addition to that, I am desperately focused on making sure that we deal with the… what they are calling the south now. There are going to be a billion people in Africa in the next several years. We have to, we have to be a catalyst for change for the benefit, for the, for the better, we have to help them build back better, we have to help them.

We, on the climate side, have come along and we’ve done everything that is reasonably—and three other countries are the reason we’re in the problem we’re in. But what happens if all of a sudden, on the Amazon, they’re starting to clear, vast swaths of land, cut down forests, etc. Back when Dick Lugar was alive, he and I started something back in the ’90s, where we said—late ’80s, excuse me—where we said to, in the Amazon, they said, look, if you, we’ll make a deal with you Brazil. You don’t cut your forest, we’ll pay you not to do it. We’ll pay you not to do it. We have to prevent— And that’s why we’re working so hard to make sure Angola can be in a position that they have more solar capacity than almost any place in the world, to help that whole continent.

That’s why we want to build a railroad all the way—with others in Europe—all the way across the continent. So that you have, you have countries that have overproduction of agriculture and some that don’t have it, but no way to get a transfer. There’s so much opportunity in Africa. And we have to work it.

And that’s not all. The Washington Free Beacon’s Andrew Stiles compiled his own selection of interview highlights in “Biden Threatens To Beat Up Journalist and Other Highlights From Time Magazine Interview” (Time transcript here).

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