I set the timer on a story like this one just as soon as I read the White House had sent the Veep to East Asia:
Washington is blaming an interpreter’s error after reports here that gaffe-prone U.S. Vice President Joe Biden told President Park Geun-hye in Seoul on Friday that betting against the U.S. is a bad bet, or words to that effect.
The U.S. has spent the last two days trying to explain the gaffe, attesting to how sensitive the matter is for both sides.
Biden’s exact words were, “It’s never been a good bet to bet against America” and America would continue to place its bets on Korea.
Perhaps his job was to defuse the tension by a process of comic relief.