The official story of Barack Obama and Joe Biden was that they were so close that they had a “bromance.” Joe Biden even bragged — embarrassingly — about them having a friendship bracelet. Remember how creepy this was and how thirsty this made Biden seem for Obama’s affirmation?
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) June 9, 2019
However, the truth was quite different to the rumored bromance. It wasn’t Biden who Obama embraced as his potential successor in 2016, it was Hillary Clinton. Obama reportedly discouraged Biden from running, didn’t endorse him in 2020 until the last minute, and had previously allegedly said, “Don’t underestimate Joe’s ability to f*** things up.” Obama also allegedly told one 2020 candidate: “And you know who really doesn’t have it? Joe Biden.”
This might have been the reason Barack Obama treated Joe Biden when he returned to the White House. Biden attempted to get Obama’s attention at the end of the event by touching his shoulders and calling his number, but Obama was still the focus. Meanwhile, Kamala Harris — who is supposed to work for Biden — seemed to be hanging all over Obama and getting recognition from him.
But now there are more juicy details of this dysfunctional relationship and how, allegedly, Obama was jealous of Biden in the new book, “This Will Not Pass.” While Obama occasionally spoke to Biden after he took office, he talks more regularly to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who told a friend, “Obama is jealous of Biden.” Biden himself also pointed to Obama not being happy about things nor was Biden happy with some of the things Obama had done concerning him.
‘I am confident that Barack is not happy with the coverage of this administration as more transformative than his,’ the book states Biden told them. [….]
Biden also reportedly complained Obama hadn’t ‘lifted a finger’ to help him win the South Carolina primary in 2020, the race that cinched the Democratic nomination for him.
Biden did not run for the presidency in 2016, and the staffers of his former president worked subtly to discredit him. Politico reports that they instead supported Hillary Clinton, which later fell to Trump.
The president was not encouraging’ of Biden’s potential White House bid at the time, the current commander-in-chief said.
That’s why Biden made it very clear to Obama that he intends to run again in 2024, according to the book. I don’t think most Democrats believe he’s going to be running, particularly given the issues that he already has now.
I find this story juicy because that’s so like Obama to be jealous if he’s not the center of attention. He would be a shrewd person. That would be why Biden decided to put Biden on public display so everyone can view it and make comments. That’s cold and maybe he wanted everyone to see it that way. It’s also funny that Pelosi is giving up Obama for his pettiness. Now, I wonder — given what a mess Joe has made of things — if Obama is still as jealous. However, he still displayed a positive attitude during the visit and was very visible. It would appear that there are still problems.
I’m willing to bet that in the movement behind the scenes, the replacement talk is fast and furious and that’s why Kamala Harris is angling to be that one close to Obama thinking that might help her chances and that’s why she wouldn’t talk about being Biden’s running mate in 2024.
So add some behind scenes drama to the implosion that we see upfront with Biden’s policies and grab the popcorn. It’s going to be a fun ride as the Democrats fail their way to the midterms.