According to a new report, Barack Obama worried that Joe Biden would end up damaging the Obama legacy if he ran for president (again) in 2020.
A report at Business Insider finds that Obama warned Biden’s campaign that the former VP is a gaffe machine that could end up hurting Obama’s wondrous reputation.
A person familiar with the exchange told The Times that Obama said to Biden, “You don’t have to do this, Joe, you really don’t.” But Biden responded that he felt he had an obligation to take on President Donald Trump and that he wouldn’t be able to forgive himself if he didn’t give it a shot.
Of course, it is also telling that Obama has still not endorsed anyone in the Democrat field of candidates for 2020.
Clearly, Obama is so worried about Biden that he won’t go out on a limb and endorse Biden ahead of the primaries. Without a doubt, if Biden does become the nominee, Obama will fall in line and endorse his former vice president. But at that point he won’t have a choice.
Obama has many worries, apparently.
He is concerned that Biden is relying on advisers who are “too old and out of touch with the current political climate,” according to The Times, and has urged the former vice president to hire younger aides.
The report also said Obama asked some of Biden’s top advisers to ensure the former vice president doesn’t “damage his legacy” or “embarrass himself” during the campaign.
Well, it is too late for that, now, isn’t it?
As Business Insider noted, Biden is fast and loose with the Obama legacy, such as it is. And Cory Booker had it just right when he warned:
“You invoke President Obama more than anybody in this campaign. You can’t do it when it’s convenient and then dodge it when it’s not,” Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey said to Biden during a heated exchange amid the presidential debate in Detroit last month.
That is exactly right. Biden can’t expect to hide behind his “legacy” like a shield. If any of these other Democrats get desperate enough, it is clear that there are a lot of ways they can drag Obama and his “legacy” through the mud. After all, Obama’s era was not quite as “woke” as today’s Democrats.
In many ways, today’s extremist, left-wing Democrats think that Obama was too weak and not left enough for them.
Once the shield is pierced it will be curtains for the Obama legacy, even among Democrats.
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