Barack Obama’s advice to his former VP about running for President, “You don’t have to do this, Joe.”

By |2019-08-17T05:50:53-08:00August 17th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |16 Comments

Seems reasonable. 

Courtesy of NYT:

In 2016, Mr. Obama quietly pressured Mr. Biden to sit out the race, partly because he believed Mrs. Clinton had a better chance of building on his agenda, and partly because he thought Mr. Biden was in no shape emotionally following the illness and death of his son Beau in May 2015.

By now, the line between heart and head, between the personal and political, so clear a decade ago, has blurred completely.

The two men spoke at least a half dozen times before Mr. Biden decided to run, and Mr. Obama took pains to cast his doubts about the campaign in personal terms.

“You don’t have to do this, Joe, you really don’t,” Mr. Obama told Mr. Biden earlier this year, according to a person familiar with the exchange.

Mr. Biden — who thinks he could have defeated Donald Trump four years ago — responded by telling Mr. Obama he could never forgive himself if he turned down a second shot at Mr. Trump.

Mr. Obama has said he will not make an endorsement in the primary, and has offered every candidate his counsel. But he has taken an active interest in the inner workings of his friend’s campaign, to an extent beyond anything offered to other candidates.

In his interactions with Mr. Biden — the pair had a quiet lunch in Washington last month — Mr. Obama has hammered away at the need for his campaign to expand his aging inner circle.

He has communicated his frustration that Mr. Biden’s closest advisers are too old and out of touch with the current political climate — urging him to include more younger aides, according to three Democrats with direct knowledge of the discussion.

In March, Mr. Obama took the unusual step of summoning Mr. Biden’s top campaign advisers, including the former White House communications director Anita Dunn and Mr. Biden’s longtime spokeswoman, Kate Bedingfield, to his Washington office for a briefing on the campaign’s digital and communications strategy with members of his own staff, including his senior adviser, Eric Schultz.

When they were done, Mr. Obama offered a pointed reminder, according to two people with knowledge of his comments:

Win or lose, they needed to make sure Mr. Biden did not “embarrass himself” or “damage his legacy” during the campaign.

As you might imagine the conservative media is having a heyday with the Obama quote suggesting that Biden has nothng to prove.  

Similarly, they really like the part where Obama is worried that Biden will “embarrass himself.” 

It would seem that they have purposefully glossed over the main point of the article which was to illustrate the deep love and friendship between the two men. 

In my reading of the article, it appeared that the careful and rational Obama took some time to warm up to the gregarious and effusive Joe Biden, but was eventually won over by his charm and intelligence. 

It did not seem that Obama was concerned about Biden’s ability to do the job, but rather that he could damage his reputation by failing to win the nomination, or, if nominated, the 2020 election. 

That is simply what anyone would expect from their best friend. 

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16 Comments

  1. Nonnie Mouse August 17, 2019 at 11:42 am

    NO one will ever grace the White House as the Obama family did.

  2. Anonymous August 17, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    Personally, at this point in time, I believe Biden is the one that will beat trump. A Biden/Warren ticket would knock trump out for good in a landslide.

    However we have a long road ahead and only time will tell.

    • Anonymous August 17, 2019 at 1:01 pm

      It certainly won’t be Sanders.
      If you’re insistent on an old white man in the White House, would you rather have a man with tact albeit gaffes, or a screamer that someone forgot to give him his laxative?
      He’ll be out of the race when Jane His Wife has pocketed enough money like the last time.
      GET OFF MY LAWN.

  3. angela August 17, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    Trump embarrasses himself and the party he hijacked at least ten times a day.

  4. Anonymous August 17, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    It’s possible Biden could have beaten Trump, although not necessarily because he was a better candidate. Would Russia have bothered backing Trump if Biden was the nominee instead of Clinton? Maybe not.

    I like Joe Biden as a person and will vote for him if he becomes the nominee. But I sincerely hope that does not happen. Biden is old school Washington. We need a real progressive in charge. I’m also one in favor of an upper age limit on the Presidency. Joe’s too old. So is Trump. Bernie, too. I suppose if there was a candidate pushing 80 who appeared at least a decade younger, and had no senior moments already on camera, then I would have to change my mind on age.

    • Anonymous August 17, 2019 at 7:21 pm

      I am so tired of hearing he is “too old” crap, old is in your mind. A progressive isn’t going to take out trump, we need someone that can attract republicans to cross over and Biden can do that at this point in time.

      Our goal is to get rid of trump, we can work on young progressives when our country is out of danger.

  5. ssssshelly August 17, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    Oh I can guarantee Obama hates Biden in the race but I also have STRONG doubts Obama thought hillary could win. We ALL know he and Shill hate each other.

    I actually think Biden MIGHT have beaten Trump in 2016.

    • Anonymous August 17, 2019 at 4:19 pm

      Always thought the olive branch was extended giving her Secretary Of State.
      Why we got what we have. Many could vote for neither.
      I can’t stand her, “I’m owed….” and all she did was kowtow to the rich for her pocket.

  6. Dead Lake August 17, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    “Can I call you Joe?”
    Vice Presidential Debate October 2008

    ‘Cuz lurnin’ ain’t her thang, still ain’t. and they called it a win because he didn’t tear her to shreds.

  7. The Incurious Woman of Wasilla August 17, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    There’s mold growing over Katie Couric’s mailbox, waiting for the list of newspapers.

  8. Anne-Marie Gandolfi August 18, 2019 at 9:17 am

    I can’t wait to see Tom Steyer in the September debates! Tom2020.

    He’s not too old. He’s a billionaire who is progressive but since he’s white-like Bernie-his progressive ideals won’t be cast as “radical.”

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