Vice President Joe Biden joked about becoming a "co-president" with Barack Obama.
“I kind of like that notion of co-presidents. But I couldn’t talk Barack into it,” Biden said Thursday night at a U.S. Global Leadership Coalition dinner, according to Josh Rogin. “That’s a good idea, I’ll have to bring this up with Barack at lunch.”
Rogin reports that Biden used the speech to talk about the ongoing protests in the Ukraine:
Vice President Joe Biden challenged Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to cease violence against protesters, begin a dialogue with the opposition, and restore his country's ties to the European Union Thursday evening. He also said America can play a role in Ukraine’s future.
“In Ukraine, hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets to demand a modern, democratic, prosperous future, which they see in Europe. And they look to us for help,” Biden said, becoming the most senior Obama adminstration to condemn the government’s weeks long crackdown on street protesters. “Nothing would have greater impact for securing our interests and the world’s interests in Europe than to see a democratic, prosperous, and independent Ukraine in the region. And in our view, it would be the best thing that could ever happen to Russia in the long term.”
Biden was the featured honoree at Thursday evening at the annual gala of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, a non-governmental organization that advocates on behalf of diplomacy and development as tools of national power. He said he knew Yanukovych well and had “several hours worth” of conversations with him in recent months.