President Obama and Vice President Biden will have lunch at the White House together for the second time in four days, an unusual – and perhaps unprecedented – circumstance that comes amid the backdrop of calls for Biden to be removed from the ticket.
Lunches between Obama and Biden are a regular occurrence. Lunches every four days are not.
There is no specific indication that the pair have scheduled today’s lunch to discuss Biden’s recent series of mistakes, which have knocked the Obama campaign off message.
But it’s also not clear why another lunch was scheduled so soon after last Thursday’s meal. While Obama and Biden are both campaigning for several days this week, each will be at the White House this Thursday and possibly could have dined together then.
Biden has been stoking outrage among Republicans and concern among Democrats with a series of alarming statements, particular his suggestion Tuesday to African Americans that Gov. Mitt Romney would “put y’all back in chains,” followed by an assertion Wednesday that we are currently living in the 20th century.
Biden has made several other errors in recent weeks, including a devastating political mistake in May when he blundered into voicing his backing for gay marriage, forcing Obama to prematurely state his own support.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney last week was forced to address whether Biden would stay on the ticket, saying the matter was “settled a long, long time ago.”
After a bad week, Biden spent the weekend at home in Wilmington, Delaware. Biden often travels to Wilmington for the weekend.