Former Vice President Joe Biden, who was declared president-elect by the mainstream media last week, took quite a bit of heat over the course of his campaign for not having the solid backing of former President Barack Obama.
Over the weekend, Biden’s supporters found out why Obama was not as prevalent on the campaign scene as Biden would have presumably liked him to be, as the former president admitted during a CBS interview that he preferred to not be out on the campaign trail, according to the Washington Examiner.
“It is not my preference to be out there,” Obama said. That would explain why Obama not only made very few appearances for Biden, but lend reason to why Obama failed to publicly endorse the 77-year-old candidate earlier in his campaign, especially when he was struggling in the polls.
“We were in a circumstance in this election in which certain norms, certain institutional boundaries that are so extraordinarily important, had been breached,” Obama said, which finally compelled him to help out.
That is in stark contrast to when former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ran in 2016, when Obama happily hit the campaign trail for her, seemingly proud that she could have been his successor.
It really wasn’t until Biden was officially dubbed the Democratic party nominee that Obama began stumping for his former vice president, even if many of those team-up were in virtual form.
Given Obama’s admission, one has to wonder if Biden was running against anyone other than President Donald Trump, if he would have even bothered to come out for the Democratic nominee at all.
Though Biden often refers to Obama as his “best friend,” their friendship has undoubtedly been plagued with behind the scenes issues in the past.
As Politico reported, early on in Biden’s quest for the nomination, an Obama insider reportedly said that the former president once warned about Biden’s potential, saying “Don’t underestimate Joe’s ability to f— things up.”