Obama has been awfully quiet about Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign.
Except in private, where his comments reveal he may not have much confidence in his former running mate.
FOX News reports:
Obama’s Biden dig latest sign ex-president’s inner circle has doubts about his veep
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.
An August New York Times report also cited a source who claimed that before Biden officially entered the 2020 race, Obama told him, “You don’t have to do this, Joe, you really don’t.”
And that’s not all. Members of Joe Biden’s team are reportedly confused about why Obama has not come to Biden’s defense on Ukraine:
Biden world wants Obama to speak up on Ukraine:
“there’s frustration when Joe Biden and Hunter Biden get attacked by Republicans on the Ukrainian thing … and Obama doesn't say anything. The Biden people ask, ‘Why won’t Obama say something?’” https://t.co/ISpuvXPHLx
— Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) November 26, 2019
I dunno, why didn't Joe say anything to Hunter when he took the stupid job? It's Obama's job to clean up the mess now? https://t.co/SjRwwriSFv
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) November 26, 2019
Hear hear. Ridiculous that the Bidens put themselves in this situation.
— Tim 🧩 (@HappyToBeeHere) November 26, 2019
Whatever the reason, Obama’s silence about Biden is very telling.
If he doesn’t have confidence in Joe, why should anyone else?