It appears that Vice President Biden went straying off the reservation during the meeting Friday with bipartisan Congressional leaders, and President Obama jerked him right back on.
The story states that House Speaker Boehner offered to try to pass an immigration reform bill next year, and Biden appeared open to the idea. That of course put Biden on the wrong side of Obama’s determination to issue an executive order this year.
According to the piece:
Republican Speaker John Boehner asked Obama to let Republicans work on reforming and modernizing immigration early in the new session, Barrasso said.
Vice President Joe Biden asked Boehner how long he needed to pass a bill: “February 15? March 15?” said one congressional source familiar with the discussions, who said Obama was visibly irritated and stopped Biden.
But another congressional source disputed that account. “At no time did the President cut off the Vice President,” said the Democratic source, describing Obama as “courteous and firm” during the immigration discussion.
Whether courteously or rudely, Biden was clearly shut down when he tried to make good on Obama’s pledge to work together and listen to good ideas whether they come from Republicans or Democrats.
And Boehner still thinks this administration is serious about ending illegal immigration and would agree to a deal that stopped it before providing amnesty. Unfortunately, with McConnell at his side, there was no one to shut Boehner up.