The Many Big Sticks of President Obama

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In an important foreign policy address at NYU this morning, Vice-President Joe Biden discussed ... some stuff about foreign policy, probably. Nobody knows, because the only thing that anyone paid attention to or will remember was when Biden proclaimed, "I promise you, the president has a big stick. I promise you." While Biden was clearly referring to Teddy Roosevelt's famous advice — speak softly, and carry a big stick — his remark was, judging by the laughter in the audience and on Twitter, widely treated as a euphemistic reference to male genitalia. But here at Daily Intel, we're going to willfully misinterpret Biden's remarks in a completely different way: Much too literally. Herewith, a collection of photos of President Obama holding some of those big sticks that Biden was definitely referring to. You've been warned, Iran.

Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama D-Ill., center, holds a University of North Dakota autographed hockey stick with Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D. left, Sen. Byron Dorgan,  D-N.D. and Rep. Earl Pomeroy  D-N.D., right, before he speaks at the North Dakota Democratic Convention in Grand Forks, N.D., Friday, April 4, 2008.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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 Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) holds a hand-made walking stick he was given during a town hall meeting at Virginia High School June 5, 2008 in Bristol, Virginia.
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US President Barack Obama (L) poses for pictures with an Irish hurling stick, as Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny looks on following a meeting at Farmleigh in Dublin, Ireland, on May 23, 2011.
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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 17:  St. Louis Cardinals owner William DeWitt (L) hands a baseball bat to first lady Michelle Obama as U.S. President Barack Obama looks on during an event celebrating the 2011 Major League Baseball World Series champions in the East Room of the White House January 17, 2012 in Washington, DC. Noticably absent from the congratulatory event are the team's former 1st baseman Albert Pujols and former manager Tony La Russa. The Cardinal's visit to Washington will include a stop at Walter Reed Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, to visit with patients and their families.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., talks to reporters while playing pool at Schultzie's bar in South Charleston, W.Va., Monday, May 12, 2008. The of the state's primary election takes place Tuesday.
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