Let us parse this.
BREAKING: White House spokesman says Obama's choice of Biden as VP indicates president's view of Biden's capability for presidency.
— Reuters Politics (@ReutersPolitics) August 24, 2015
“White House spokesman says Obama’s choice of Biden as VP indicates president’s view of Biden’s capability for presidency.” This, indeed, could be read as “The White House feels that Joe Biden would make a suitable President.” I will even concede that the White House probably would like people to read it as such. However, you could just as easily read it as “The White House admits that it picked Joe Biden for Veep as insurance against somebody shoving Barack Obama out into traffic.”
Seriously, you have to admit: it’s a valid parsing of the sentence. Albeit a highly obnoxious one. Welcome to politics: here’s your accordion. (more…)