- By Robert ZeligerRobert Zeliger is News Editor of Foreign Policy.
Yes, James Traub’s in-depth profile of Senator John Kerry in the New York Times Magazine this week is interesting for a number of reasons (the takeaway — Kerry is a shadow secretary of state), but the quote that makes the article is this gem from Vice President Joe Biden, which Traub calls a “Bidencentric view of Kerry’s status”:
I don’t think there’s ever been a chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee who’s had as close a relationship with the vice president who’s had as close a relationship with the president … John can see the president any time he wants, but we have all three found that the best interlocutor is me.
Ironically, “The best interlocutor is me” is also the likely title of the vice president’s forthcoming autobiography — at least, that’s the one we’re lobbying for.
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A graduate of George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, Josh lived in Yokohama, Japan, and studied at Tokyo's Sophia University. He speaks conversational Japanese and has reported from the region. He has also worked at the House International Relations Committee, the Embassy of Japan, and the Brookings Institution.
Josh's reporting has been featured on CNN, MSNBC, C-Span, CBS, ABC, NPR, WTOP, and several other outlets. He was a 2008-2009 National Press Foundation's Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellow, 2009 military reporting fellow with the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism and the 2011 recipient of the InterAction Award for Excellence in International Reporting. He hails from Philadelphia and lives in Washington, D.C.| The Cable |