The NY Times has along piece today on how Obama made the decision to bring Joe Biden on as his Vice President….
Interesting and informative….
But buried in the last part of the piece is the information that while Obama has said he will NOT give an endorsement to anyone running now…
He IS quietly (Until now) keeping tabs on his former Vice President’s efforts to gain the nomination for President…
Anybody surprised with this should be ashamed of themselves…
Biden has made no secret that , absent some changes?….His term in office would be Obama 2.0…..
With Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren actually attacking some of the Obama/Biden actions?
Why wouldn’t Barack Obama seek to help someone defending his actions?
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….