Former Vice President Joe Biden, the 2020 Democratic front-runner and current media favorite, made a not-so-subtle and very public attempt last week at warming the heart of former President Barack Obama — and possibly at winning his endorsement.
And it’s leaving one former Obama adviser wondering if it’s all a big joke.
On Friday, the former No. 2 man in the Obama White House tweeted a picture of a childish bracelet with charms spelling out the words “Joe” and “Barack.”
“Happy #BestFriendsDay to my friend, @BarackObama,” Biden tweeted from his campaign’s Twitter page.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) June 9, 2019
However, since Obama has not endorsed his former VP in the 2020 Democratic primary race, the tweet was met with a deluge of criticism and mockery.
David Axelrod, chief strategist for Obama’s campaigns and a close adviser, didn’t mince words.
“This is a joke, right?” Axelrod wrote in response.
This is a joke, right?
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) June 9, 2019
“He’s such a good friend that he [won’t] endorse you for president,” political comedian Tim Young tweeted out.
He’s such a good friend that he wont endorse you for President…
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) June 9, 2019
Another tweet mocked Biden’s interpretation of his relationship with Obama, saying that the former president might simply view his former VP as a “co-worker.”
Biden: Obama’s my best friend.
Obama: Biden’s my coworker.
— Jesse Fernandez (@JesseFernandez) June 9, 2019
We may never know exactly why Obama hasn’t endorsed Biden yet, but there are a few potential reasons:
The 44th president may simply want to wait until after the primary to endorse, afraid that an early endorsement may divide the party even more than it already is.
His relationship with Biden may have turned sour over a variety of issues.
Obama might simply think another candidate is more qualified (or “woke,” as the Democrats might say these days).
Regardless, Biden’s cringe-worthy attempt at winning Obama over to his side screams desperation.
We’ll see how far it gets him heading into 2020.
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