As an orator, Biden has never been known for his clarity. This can often seem like an endearing quirk of his perpetually twisted-tongue. But it's also strategic. It serves him to be opaque about where he really stands on policies, from the US role in Afghanistan to student debt relief. But there are a few occasions when Biden is crystal clear and direct, when you can take his words to the bank and cash them in. Let us go back, then, to the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan, whose Bemelmans Bar is now bereft of the squeaks and honks of Woody Allen's clarinet. During the heat of the 2019 primary campaign, Biden huddled with some of the richest people in New York City to assure them he would guard their interests. More
This content originally appeared on CounterPunch.org and was authored by Jeffrey St. Clair.