That’s what custom officials should say if this happens…
With Vice President Joe Biden attending the pope’s investiture in Rome Tuesday and President Obama leaving for the Middle East the same day, there is potential for a very rare occurrence: That both may be out of the country at the same time.
White House Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said that generally the administration tries to coordinate trips so that doesn’t happen, but he’s not sure about next week.
“I actually don’t know for certain if they’ll be abroad at the same time,” Rhodes said Thursday.
The ceremony in Rome is scheduled to take place in the morning and Obama isn’t scheduled to leave the United States until the evening so it is technically possible Biden could be back in time. But it’s unclear if he is leaving Rome so quickly. His official schedule has not been released.
Any time the president or vice president travel outside Washington, they face increased risk, security-wise. And having them both traveling at the same time presents a risk that most administrations don’t take — that something tragic could happen to both of them, leaving the presidency in the hands of the third in the presidential line of succession. In this case, House Speaker John Boehner.
Here’s what I’m thinking…
-We deny Obama and Biden re-entry back into The United States; declare them foreign combatants, or something [maybe even ship their sorry-arses to GITMO!].
-Declare Cryin’ John Boehner in charge.
-Secretly lock John-Boy up in the Off The Record Bar at the Hays-Adams Hotel.
-Sneak Sarah Palin and Stevie J. West into The White House.
-America is saved.
Whadda you think???
SIDENOTE: ‘Who is Stevie J. West?’, you ask. She’s the gal on the right [where else?] next to the gonzo geezer:
Photo courtesy of the gal on the left, @DeeInHouston.