THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Vice President
May 20, 2014
REMARKS BY VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN
TO JOINT UNITED STATES AND ROMANIAN PARTICIPANTS
IN CARPATHIAN SPRING MILITARY EXERCISE
Otopeni Military Airbase
3:31 P.M. (Local)
THE VICE PRESIDENT: Let me begin by saying, Mr. Minister, thank you, and it’s very hot in here. I was supposed to — I was told it was going to be cooler here, but thank you for the great weather.
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s an honor to have a chance to see our militaries work together in this Carpathian Spring Joint Military Exercise. The last time I saw you working together was in Afghanistan. And it is — it’s a great benefit to both of us that we are side by side. It’s my pleasure to take a moment to recognize all that you do to keep the people safe and strong in our alliance.
Over the past 25 years I’ve come to know and appreciate this beautiful country. I’ve been here many, many times. I’ve met I think with just about every one of your leaders. I’ve watched you make the journey from tyranny to freedom. I even advocated for Romania’s early entry into NATO when I was a United States senator.