During the campaign there were reports that Barack Obama did not think much of Joe Biden.
But until now, no one heard directly from former President Obama.
And Barack Obama held a meeting where he said what he really thought about Joe Biden.
In Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes’ book, “Lucky: How Joe Biden Barely Won the Presidency,” the authors describe a 2019 fundraiser in Manhattan where Barack Obama held court with an audience of black CEOs.
Allen and Parnes report the fundraiser began with one attendee asking Obama about his evaluation of the top five contenders for the Democrat nomination—Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg and Kamala Harris.
“The session began with a fastball, a pitch down the middle for the issue Obama wanted to address. ‘If Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, and Kamala Harris asked for advice, what would you tell them?’ a prominent executive queried,” Allen and Parnes wrote.
Obama dismissed Buttigieg as supposedly “too short” and “gay” to win.
However, Obama launched into a lengthy sales pitch for Elizabeth Warren.
Warren was leading the polls at the time and Obama believed she would be the nominee so Obama tried to sell skeptical corporate honchos about a Democrat proposing wealth taxes and government-run healthcare.
But what attracted the most attention about this passage was the short shrift Obama gave to Kamala Harris and Joe Biden.
Obama barely acted as if they existed.
Allen and Parnes wrote that “Obama kept going, acknowledging that he knew Kamala Harris but offering no further commentary. But when he wrapped up, he had left someone out. ‘You forgot Biden,’ one executive said, reminding him of his two-term vice president.”
At this time Kamala Harris’ campaign cratered and she would be out of the race around Thanksgiving with almost no support in the polls.
So it wasn’t surprising that Obama brushed her candidacy off.
But at this point in the race, Biden still led in most of the early state polls and was looked at as a frontrunner.
And Allen and Parnes write that by not mentioning Joe Biden at all in his rundown of the candidates Obama revealed how little he thought of Joe Biden.
“Obama seemed apprehensive, according to a source in the room. ‘His support for Biden was tepid at best,’ the person said. At that point, it didn’t matter what he said about Biden. His silence spoke for him,” Allen and Parnes reported.
Obama never endorsed Biden until after all the other candidates exited the race.
Biden was clearly not Obama’s favorite.
In all likelihood Obama would have preferred Elizabeth Warren to win the nomination as there were reports that Obama thought a woman should succeed him as the next Democrat president.
But Biden won the nomination despite the fact that Obama dismissed him as an amiable dunce that is tolerated but never given the main seat at the family dinner table.
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