The White House today suggested President Obama may be leaning toward endorsing Vice President Biden should Biden run for president, seeming to put him in a class by himself when it comes to electability.
Josh Earnest briefed the press today as Biden and Obama shared lunch:
I’ll just say that the vice president is somebody who has already run for president twice. He’s been on a national ticket through two election cycles now, both in 2008 and in the reelection of 2012. So I think you could make the case that there is probably no one in American politics today who has a better understanding of exactly what is required to mount a successful national presidential campaign.
The “no one in American politics today” phrase would seem very pointedly directed at Hillary Clinton.
Earnest didn’t rule out Obama making an endorsement during the primaries, and he noted that Obama will vote in the Illinois primary, meaning he will indeed make a choice.
One thing to remember as this unfolds: Obama and Biden have simply been joined at the hip the last six and a half years. Biden attends every meeting Obama is in. He is among Obama’s closest advisors, perhaps – after Valerie Jarrett – his closest.
The two men must get along very well to spend so much time together. I think Obama would feel remiss if he didn’t support Biden.