President Obama sure did take a long time to finally endorse Joe Biden for his 2020 run. The world couldn’t help but notice that Biden’s former partner in crime didn’t exactly hop at the chance to endorse Biden after it was clear that Biden would be the Democratic candidate for 2020.
Now, we might know why…
President Obama has “privately expressed grave concerns” about Biden’s run for the White House, according to a stunning new report from Politico. Obama reportedly said of Biden:
“Don’t underestimate Joe’s ability to f–k things up.”
Despite the endorsement and the former Obama administration painting a rosy picture of the relationship between the two, the Post describes their relationship as being “fraught with tension”.
Former White House communications director Jen Psaki commented of their relationship:
“You could certainly see technocratic eye-rolling at times.”
The attitude reportedly is what led Obama to endorse Hillary Clinton, instead of Joe Biden, in the 2016 Presidential race.
“The president was not encouraging,” Biden said of Obama’s support in 2016.
And while Obama was keeping his distance from Biden after his 2020 announcement he was “talking him down” behind the scenes.
Obama finally caved and endorsed Biden in April of this year, stating:
“I believe Joe has all the qualities we need in a president right now. He’s someone whose own life has taught him how to persevere,”
But speaking about Biden’s presence in Iowa during the caucuses Obama said:
“You know who really doesn’t have it? Joe Biden.”
Why leak this story now? Right before the DNC convention? And sourced by Politico of all places. With friends like that, who needs enemies?
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) June 9, 2019
Author: Tyler Durden