In Germany for the Munich Security Conference, Vice President Joe Biden sounded relieved. "It’s a delight to be back in Germany," he said. "I -- the President, since I’m the Vice President, sends me mostly to Afghanistan and Iraq. It’s a pleasure to be back in Germany. And it’s a pleasure to see you again."
In the short welcoming remarks, Biden briefly brought up Iraq--and America's "so-called fiscal crisis."
"We have a great deal to talk about," said Biden. "I have been spending a good deal of time meeting with (inaudible) Iraq. I know we have a keen mutual interest. But also I’m anxious to tell you how we’re going to -- why I think we’re in the very good shape in terms of our so-called fiscal crisis, as it’s always characterized. I think it’s less of a crisis than people think."
Biden reiterated his relief to be in Germany with retelling an anecdote as he concluded his remarks. "One of my grown sons and his spouse are with me on this trip. And as we were getting off the plane, he looked at me and he said, Dad, it’s great to be back in Berlin. He said, you remember the first time you took me here? And I hadn’t remembered. He said, I was 15 years old, and you took me through Checkpoint Charlie. And (inaudible) since then, so this magnificent sight and this reunited country with such power and influence is -- it’s a delight to be here again, and particularly to be with you, Chancellor," said the vice president.