The fact that former President Barack Obama declined to endorse Joe Biden, even though Biden had served as Obama’s vice president, raised a lot of eyebrows.
Obama’s endorsement would be worth $100 million in campaign contributions since the former president is still, for some reason, very popular among Democrats. Biden’s statement that he had not sought his old boss’ endorsement was not thought to be credible.
Fox News has even more disturbing information concerning the relationship between the two men:
“Former President Barack Obama, discussing Joe Biden’s run for the high office in 2020, reportedly told his vice president that he didn’t ‘have to do this.”
“You don’t have to do this, Joe, you really don’t,’ Obama told Biden early in 2019, according to The New York Times. The Times reported that Obama ‘took pains to cast his doubts about the campaign in personal terms.”
“Biden, who leads President Trump in several polls on 2020 matchups, said he couldn’t forgive himself if he passed up the opportunity to beat Trump. He initially thought he could beat Trump in 2016, but Obama reportedly pushed back because, in part, he thought former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would be more effective in continuing his legacy, according to the report.”
History records how wrong Obama was about Clinton. She unexpectedly lost, ushering in the Trump presidency and the steady dismantlement of the former president’s legacy.
Since most of the 2020 presidential candidates have veered far to the left of Obama, touting such agenda items as Medicare for all and the Green New Deal, Biden has become the relative moderate and the last, best hope of preserving whatever is left of the accomplishments of the former president, especially Obamacare, which the former vice president wants to keep in place, with certain enhancements.
When faced with accusations of racism, which happened when Biden admitted to allying himself with segregationist Democratic senators in the 1970s, Biden has taken pains to remind one and all that he was Obama’s vice president. Surely, the logic goes, Biden cannot be a racist if the first African American president chooses him for the number two spot.
Even though Biden has been running as the heir of Obama, the New York Post reports that the former president has expressed concerns about his former vice president
Biden has repeatedly cited his relationship with his old boss as he touts his credentials on the campaign trail — but Obama has asked Biden staffers to make sure the gaffe-prone veep does not ‘damage his legacy’ or ‘embarrass himself’ during his run.
Biden has made several gaffes recently, most recently confusing Burlington, Iowa with Burlington, Vermont. The gaffes, which the former vice president has been making for decades, has caused many political observers to wonder whether Joe Biden is too old and too slow to withstand the rigors of the campaign, not to speak of the presidency.
Though Biden is still leading in most of the polls. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass, has started to climb to challenge him. Warren matches the mood of Democratic activists more than Biden does to go all in for a far-left agenda.
The New York Times reports that Obama chooses Biden in the first place to balance out his “hope and change’ persona with a hint of the comforting past. Biden had been in the Senate for over thirty years and, while reliably liberal, was a familiar figure around Washington.
Of course, the now-former vice president had already had a record, including the plagiarism scandal that ended his 1988 campaign for the presidency rather early in the cycle.
When Biden ran for the presidency in 2008, his description of the then-Senator Obama caused some jaws to drop, according to CNN. “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,” Biden said. “I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”
Clean? As Biden might say, “Come on, man?”
Later, the then-senator was obliged to apologize. “Barack Obama is probably the most exciting candidate that the Democratic or Republican Party has produced at least since I’ve been around. And he’s fresh. He’s new. He’s smart. He’s insightful. And I really regret that some have taken totally out of context my use of the word ‘clean.'”
Obama, for his part, was magnanimous in his acceptance of Biden’s apology, though he did not pass up the opportunity to twist the knife by pointing out that other “mainstream” African Americans had run for the presidency, including “Jesse Jackson, Shirley Chisholm, Carol Moseley Braun and Al Sharpton.
A few months later, Obama asked Biden to be his running mate and the rest is history.