Joe Biden was the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s chairman, then a vice president handed many global tasks by his boss, President Barack Obama. But as he embarks on his first trip abroad as president, he will feel the bright lights of the world stage in full beam for the first time.
That means there will be more pressure than when he, as a senator, met with world leaders to explain a Democratic president’s policies or privately let one know Congress was poised to check the global whims of a Republican chief executive.
When he spends six days in the United Kingdom and Europe, he won’t have the luxury of simply making a sales pitch, leaving Obama to close any possible deals.
As he huddles with a wide range of leaders, with an equally wide range of interests, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, NATO and EU allies, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Russian President Vladimir Putin,