We know the bromance fizzled the moment Obama’s eight years ended.
In fact, I’m willing to bet there was never an ounce of genuine regard between the two.
Biden was just Obama’s token white guy to round out the ticket because Democrats weren’t sure Obama could win without an antiquated Caucasian by his side.
In the final days of Obama’s tenure, he made a point to tell the world Biden was his bestie.
In fact, Obama awarded his VP with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. You might recall the moment. Mainstream media pretended it was a “surprise” Joe knew nothing about. Of course, that doesn’t explain Biden’s poor acting job (his surprised expression erupted a bit early) or his seemingly prepared remarks.
Still, the moment ends on a promise of undying loyalty.
So what happened? Joe stepped into the 2020 ring believing he had a heavy-weight behind him.
And based on Obama’s words, it’s easy to see where Biden got such an idea.
“It was eight and a half years ago that I chose Joe to be my vice president,” Obama said. “There has not been a single moment since that time that I have doubted the wisdom of that decision. Joe’s candid and honest counsel has made me a better president and a better commander-in-chief.”
And Biden said the following: “Mr. President, you know as long as there is breath in me, I’ll be there for you. My whole family will be and I know it is reciprocal. “
It was disgustingly sweet. But fast forward a few short years, and Obama seeks to distance himself more and more. Because Biden’s a has-been. And there’s no getting away from that.
Don’t Do It!
Just a few months back, Kevin Jackson nailed down Obama’s biggest problem.
Barack Obama has a tough road ahead, and not just defending the indefensible: his legacy.
No, Obama has a bigger problem, and it’s name is Joe Biden.
According to the New York Post,
Former President Barack Obama tried to talk Joe Biden out of jumping into the race for the Democratic presidential nomination — and fears his veep could “damage his legacy” with his White House bid, according to a report.
Who could blame Obama for trying to talk Biden out of the race? I consider that the smartest move Obama has made, save his book deal.
As for Biden’s candidacy, Obama doesn’t need a “moron chaser” to add to the mix, after his disastrous tenure.
Insiders told the New York Times that prior to Biden entering the race, Obama said to Biden, “You don’t have to do this, Joe, you really don’t.”
And Obama meant it.
Because if Obama wanted Biden, he would have endorsed him by now. While I know Obama to be an imbecile, I give him credit here. Obama recognizes the huge mistake he would make if he endorsed Creepy Sleepy Joe.
Now, things only look worse for Biden, as Obama takes another stab at the former VP.
As Biden’s candidacy stumbles, Obama and his former aides work hard to keep their distance from Biden. But they don’t work hard to keep their mouths shut about Biden’s chances.
Fox News elaborates:
Joe Biden, from the very outset of his 2020 bid, has sought to leverage his history with old running mate President Barack Obama to propel him to the Democratic presidential nomination — the problem is, this does not appear to be a plan shared by the former president or his closest advisers.
First, there was the persistent criticism of Biden’s campaign from Obama’s inner circle. Then, there were the lingering questions over why “44” has not simply endorsed his former vice president. Now come reports that Obama has made discouraging — even derisive — comments about his candidacy.
“[Y]ou know who really doesn’t have it? Joe Biden,” Obama said about a connection with voters, according to a recent Politico Magazine report. That remark reportedly was made to one of Biden’s Democratic primary opponents.
Obama’s team doesn’t mind adding their two cents. David Axelrod, top strategist for Obama, gave his take, saying Biden “has sort of played into the caricature” of being mentally weak. Of course that coincides nicely with Trump’s assessment of Joe.
…This, after Axelrod had questioned Biden’s “steadiness” regarding an abortion policy flip-flop.
Axelrod also has described Biden as “confused” and suggested he looked like “part of the past rather than the future,” after a heated exchange during a June debate between Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif.
The dismissive commentary from one of the chief architects of Obama’s history-making 2008 presidential run is not helpful for a candidate who has latched his campaign to the Obama legacy — routinely defending ObamaCare in the face of primary rivals vowing to pursue “Medicare-for-all,” and reminding voters of their bond.
Karl Rove, former deputy chief of staff for President George W. Bush and current Fox News contributor, pointed to signals from Obama’s aides.
“The Obama team is everywhere across the field and you don’t get the sense that there’s a lot of love and enthusiasm for Joe Biden as a candidate,” Rove said Tuesday. “Maybe it’s because they don’t think he can get it across the line, maybe it’s because they don’t agree with him, or maybe it’s because they dealt with him in the Obama administration and while they have a great deal of affection for him don’t think he has what it takes to be a presidential candidate and a victor.”
Whatever the reasons, Obama is steering clear of his old cronie. Meanwhile, Biden tried to save a little face, claiming it was his choice not to seek Obama’s endorsement.
OK Joe, if that’s what you’ve got to tell yourself so you can face the man in mirror, roll with it.