By Jon Dougherty
Well, it’s official: “Sleepy” Joe Biden, as POTUS Donald Trump calls him, has jumped into the very crowded race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, which no doubt has a lot of Republican opposition researchers already Googling “Biden’s creepiest moments” videos for the campaign trail, should he actually become his party’s standard-bearer.
But it’s worth noting that one notable figure has not actually endorsed Biden: His former cohort in crime, fellow “Spygate” conspirator Barack Obama.
After Biden announced on Friday, Obama’s spokeswoman, Katie Hill, sent out this tepid statement:
“President Obama has long said that selecting Joe Biden as his running mate in 2008 was one of the best decisions he ever made. He relied on the Vice President’s knowledge, insight and judgment, throughout both campaigns and the entire presidency. The two forged a special bond over the last 10 years and remain close today.”
That’s not exactly a ringing endorsement or a rousing round of approval.
Obama is not offering an endorsement of the man who chose to be his running mate – https://t.co/Qotb1MRZDy
— Rick Klein (@rickklein) April 25, 2019
Wait, though….Obama is just hedging his bets, right?
Sure, says Democratic operative David Axelrod.
“The custom for former presidents is not to endorse presidents. The expectation that he would, I find kind of baffling,” he said, Politico reports.
Really? So, Obama never endorsed Hillary? We think he did.
The fact is Obama doesn’t really think that Biden is going to win the nomination, much less the general election, as RNC chairwoman Rona Romney McDaniel notes.
“Joe Biden has no business running for president again. Just ask President Obama, who’s chosen *not* to endorse his right-hand man. Biden has been losing presidential bids for decades – 2020 won’t be any different,” she tweeted.
Joe Biden has no business running for president again.
Just ask President Obama, who’s chosen *not* to endorse his right-hand man.
Biden has been losing presidential bids for decades – 2020 won’t be any different.
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) April 25, 2019
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