Video: Obama declines to endorse Biden for 2016

posted at 2:41 pm on April 17, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Major Garrett got a rather unique opportunity, especially these days, for a White House beat reporter. The CBS reporter actually got an interview with the President, an honor which has largely gone to local TV stations and entertainment-journalism reporters over the last couple of years, or to anchors of national news broadcasts. Garrett got a bonus when Vice President Joe Biden joined Barack Obama briefly, which prompted Garrett to ask about Obama’s endorsement for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination race. And the answer was … necessarily awkward:

“I don’t necessarily want to jam them up,” he said. “We all are part of this relay race whether we’re vice presidents, presidents, the truth is we build off of what folks have done previously and some cases that includes Republican presidents.

“That’s the beauty of our democracy, it keeps on evolving and I’m sure that there are going to be some things that, whoever the next president is, want to continue, there are going to be some things that they’re going to want to do differently, but the trajectory is hopefully going to be one in which we’re broadening opportunity for every American.”

Obama declined to say who he would prefer in 2016.

Obama did say that Biden was “the finest Vice President in history,” a statement that had some produced no small amount of mirth on Twitter. Really, though, what else was Obama supposed to say? The fortunate aspect of that statement is that declaring any VP the finest in history amounts to an unchallengeable claim — there simply are no metrics for success in the role, only failure. With Aaron Burr and Spiro Agnew tied for worst, every other VP has at least an argument for primacy simply for managing to finish the job.

As for endorsements, the same holds here, too. Outgoing Presidents rarely interfere in primaries, assuming the role of party leader and staying above the partisan fray. Only for VPs does that change — Biden has a shot at it — but usually only after the outcome is all but guaranteed. Ronald Reagan endorsed George H. W. Bush, but not until May 1988, long after Bush had made his nomination certain. Bill Clinton endorsed Al Gore in 2000, but only Bill Bradley challenged Gore in the primary, and that was hardly a serious bid. In neither case did the incumbent act to split the party, and don’t bet that Obama will do that either. If Obama endorses anyone, it will only happen because one candidate is running away with the nomination and Obama wants to force an end to the process to limit damage to the nominee.

In other words, Obama played it smart, even if Garrett forced an awkward moment on him and Biden.


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obama will NOT endorse Hillary either.

Schadenfreude on April 17, 2014 at 2:42 PM

The obamas hate the Clintons and vice-versa. Biden is an old whitey.

The obamas need a front boy:

Booker
deBlasio
D. Patrick
Etc.

Note how obama lies…while unable to look Garrett in the eyes.

Schadenfreude on April 17, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Biden was/is there to make obama appear smart.

Schadenfreude on April 17, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Obama is a historic figure, since he’s the first black president.

Biden would be another heroic first; the first retarded president.

Kanga on April 17, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Video: Obama declines to endorse Biden for 2016

“Stand up, Chuck Barack!!”

Bitter Clinger on April 17, 2014 at 2:50 PM

That interview is sure not to make the non-Clintonians happy.

ConservativePartyNow on April 17, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Biden looks like a mortician.

Schadenfreude on April 17, 2014 at 2:52 PM

With Aaron Burr and Spiro Agnew tied for worst

Burr biggest proplem is that HE should have used a shotgun.

Agnew biggest problem was that his first name was Spiro…WTF was his parents THINKING???

Bidens biggest problem is that no matter how big a braying jackwagon he is, he will NEVER measure up to Obama. But God love him, he sure as hell tries…and tries and…well you get it.

BlaxPac on April 17, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Obama did say that Biden was “the finest Vice President in history,” a statement that had some produced no small amount of mirth on Twitter.

He also called Hillary Clinton our finest Secretary of States [sic]. And figured that he’s at least in the top three of all American Presidents. I guess my point is why is this nation so screwed up if Obama has all these top-drawer people around him?

As for Biden, he’s a clown. The embarrasment of telling Boston Marathon bombing survivors that they are better people for having limbs severed or whatever proved that just this week. The sooner the Demonrat leaders have the talk with Biden and get him out of the Presidential sweepstakes the better.

Happy Nomad on April 17, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Agnew biggest problem was that his first name was Spiro…WTF was his parents THINKING???

BlaxPac on April 17, 2014 at 2:52 PM

No, I’m pretty sure that Agnew’s biggest problem was the corruption as Maryland’s governor. Back when they cared about that kind of stuff.

Happy Nomad on April 17, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Post- story:

Biden: come on barak, please throw me a line
obama: shut up, joe.
Biden: can you just say that I would be a good prez
obama: like i said, joe, shut up.
Biden: then can we go to McDonalds for a happy meal.
obama: (under breathe)I hate McDonalds.
obama: Sure
Biden: Yeah!

ConservativePartyNow on April 17, 2014 at 2:55 PM

No, I’m pretty sure that Agnew’s biggest problem was the corruption as Maryland’s governor. Back when they cared about that kind of stuff.

Happy Nomad on April 17, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Oh, they still care……if it’s a Republican.

Bitter Clinger on April 17, 2014 at 2:59 PM

I understand the President offered his telepromter to vice President Biden so that he doesn’t screw up so much.

D.D.Mao on April 17, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Obama did say that Biden was “the finest Vice President in history,” a statement that had some produced no small amount of mirth on Twitter.

He also called Hillary Clinton our finest Secretary of States [sic]. And figured that he’s at least in the top three of all American Presidents. I guess my point is why is this nation so screwed up if Obama has all these top-drawer people around him?

As for Biden, he’s a clown. The embarrasment of telling Boston Marathon bombing survivors that they are better people for having limbs severed or whatever proved that just this week. The sooner the Demonrat leaders have the talk with Biden and get him out of the Presidential sweepstakes the better.

Happy Nomad on April 17, 2014 at 2:52 PM

A narcissist could not admit any less, simply because He chose Joke and Hil.

slickwillie2001 on April 17, 2014 at 3:02 PM

If O doesn’t endorse Billary, she may get really pissed and spill the beans about a whole host of crapola emanating from the O Office. Nah. Biden is the only one who would be that stupid. Hmmm…

vnvet on April 17, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Maybe, Barry hasn’t seen their latest selfie together:

Vice President Joe Biden posed for the absolute best selfie ever with President Barack Obama today. Then my heart melted, reconstituted, exploded, reconstituted again and then evaporated into a cloud of glitter and joy.

As you can see, I’m not exaggerating. All other selfies, please exit stage left. Thank you for participating. Handsome Joe Biden has more wonderful glimpses into why he is America’s most sacred treasure (just slightly ahead of the Declaration of Independence) on his Instagram page.

It’s a joke, right?

RI-I-IGHT?

Fallon on April 17, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Obama declined to say who he would prefer in 2016.

That’s because the piece of Shiite knows it’s the WahaBillary’s turn now !

burrata on April 17, 2014 at 3:11 PM

OT

interesting….

Shep Smith reporting that the delayed WH Press Briefing was delayed. Open Shot of the Podium shows the Presidential Seal not the normal WH markings indicating that only the President can speak at it.

No word on what he is going on. The delayed Press Briefing was to begin at 3:15…so it is already late in starting….normal for O.

CoffeeLover on April 17, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Obama said Biden was the best Veep on history? Does he EVER stop lying?

neyney on April 17, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Biden once called Obama “clean” and THAT is the best Obama can come up with for Biden? Finest VP of All Time? That’s like being “the tallest midget at the county fair”…

HornHiAceDeuce on April 17, 2014 at 3:23 PM

There’s not a single person in the world who thinks that Biden is running for POTUS. Not a one.

MisterElephant on April 17, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Obama is saving that endorsement for the only political candidate who matters… himself.

Ukiah on April 17, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Pretty telling though that Obama brought Hillary up. Biden’s expression during that part looked like he was either holding back tears or just trying not to look pizzed.

Southernblogger on April 17, 2014 at 3:27 PM

“That’s the beauty of our democracy, it keeps on evolving”

Riiighht. So far it’s evolved into a scary, lawless banana republic.

“I’m sure that there are going to be some things that, whoever the next president is, wants to continue”

If D: increased lawlessness, less freedom for the serfs.

“There are going to be some things that they’re going to want to do differently.”

If R: Pass the If You Liked Your Healthcare, You Can Get It Back Act.

but the trajectory is hopefully going to be one in which we’re broadening opportunity for every American.”

WTH, sounds Republican here. Clearly, he’s chooming.

LetsBfrank on April 17, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Biden looks like a mortician.

Schadenfreude on April 17, 2014 at 2:52 PM

I thought the mortician was in NV this week. Oh, wait. That mortician was Harry Reid. My gaffe.

freedomfirst on April 17, 2014 at 3:34 PM

OT….Shep reporting….out of nowhere O is holding a Press Conference

Ukraine, Young people signing up for Ocare and will take questions

CoffeeLover on April 17, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Local radio personality in Chicago which had his show interrupted for ‘Bozo’s speech just said, if he wants to buy a commercial for Obamacare on the station that’s one thing, we’re not giving it to him for free, as he turned off the feed.

Ouch. This radio dude was on his knees for Obama a few short years ago. Too late to do any good, of course but, wow…

Fallon on April 17, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Biden once called Obama “clean” and THAT is the best Obama can come up with for Biden? Finest VP of All Time? That’s like being “the tallest midget at the county fair”…

HornHiAceDeuce on April 17, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Beau is going to claim his hereditary position as the governor of Delaware in 2016. That chair has been kept warm for him a long time by our VP. From there, it is only a short hop to….you know where.:)

butch on April 17, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Obama threw Biden under the bus. There was no need whatsoever for Obama to even mention Hillary, let alone laud her with compliments. Biden was not happy.

Obama could have stated that the party had many candidates, including the VP, and let it go at that.

It was typical Obama rudeness and narcissism to even mention Hillary — and to the exclusion of other dark horse candidates.

We are seeing the fruits of Bill Clinton’s ridiculous salvation of Obama at the 2012 convention.

I still believe the Clintons made the wrong choice: a 3rd Obama term will be harder to achieve than Hillary running against an incumbent GOP president in 2016.

matthew8787 on April 17, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Biden forgot that his only reason for being on the ticket was to make the GOP think twice before impeaching Obama.

MWC_RS on April 17, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Biden looks like a mortician.

Schadenfreude on April 17, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Biden looks ike the work of a second-rate mortician. Hillary looks like something from the next table over that’s only walking thanks to the incantations of a Haitian voo-doo man.

M240H on April 17, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Obama has yet to endorse the concept of ANYONE ELSE being President after 1/20/17. Nor do I expect him to, because I think he intends to overstay his term.

It’s not really any more illegal and Unconstitional than his other score of violations now, is it?

ConstantineXI on April 17, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Only the ad plays, the CBS video does not.

Axion on April 17, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Hillary looks like something from the next table over that’s only walking thanks to the incantations of a Haitian voo-doo man.

M240H on April 17, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Hilldebeast could play the Hunchback of Notre Dame and not need a costume or makeup.

ConstantineXI on April 17, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Someone break out a bucket and a mop, Biden’s been thrown under the bus and is leaking.

lorandolph on April 17, 2014 at 4:27 PM

If Biden were smart, he would resign and suggest he could start dishing dirt on O’s administration. What does he have to lose at this point. In 2016, being as far remove from O as possible will be smart politics.

h a p f a t on April 17, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Obama said Biden was the best Veep on history? Does he EVER stop lying?

neyney on April 17, 2014 at 3:22 PM

You must have missed the memo. “Truth” was replaced by “Narrative” in ’09.

Arnold Yabenson on April 17, 2014 at 4:53 PM

1. The One isn’t quite stupid enough to screw with Lady Macbeth.

2. Endorsing Biden would almost guarantee a loss, and the DNC is mad enough at him already anticipating the reaming they’re probably going to get this November. (About what the GOP got in ’06, by all indications.)

3. Biden would be campaigning while The One is still in office. And would expect The One to campaign for him.

4. Which would leave The One standing next to him on stage while Joe is going “Paradiddle, flurngledwingie, GOOONNNGG!!” with a freaky grin, and then explaining that the Urflesnonngss must join forces with the Snurrggs to crush the Plaffllesnonnks, thereby achieving Utopia In Our Time. (And Free Chocolate Ostriches For Everybody!)

Somehow, I don’t think even The One is detached enough from reality to think any of the above benefits him personally. Which ultimately is all he’s ever given a rat’s a$$ about.

clear ether

eon

eon on April 17, 2014 at 7:36 PM

In other words, Obama played it smart, even if Garrett forced an awkward moment on him and Biden.

Yeah well as we all know a stopped clock is right twice day. I’m pretty sure Mile Wide Inch Deep has a decision teleprompter.

HatfieldMcCoy on April 17, 2014 at 8:13 PM

King Putt will not endorse Joke Biden?
Sounds like a positive to me.

Missilengr on April 17, 2014 at 8:36 PM

King Putt

Okay so I am totally stealing this perfect nickname for “The One”

HatfieldMcCoy on April 17, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Barry MUST wait to see if any black candidate enters the Democratic primary field. If he endorsed a WHITE person, and then a black entered the race, he would never be forgiven. Not ‘down for the shtruggle’ and all that crap.

slickwillie2001 on April 17, 2014 at 11:22 PM