Yes, that is a silly question. Of course, former President Barack Obama will vote for his former Vice President. In addition, he and former First Lady Michelle Obama will be campaigning for the Biden/Harris team.
So, why the question?
It is to open the issue of what Obama REALLY thinks of Biden – apart from the obligatory campaign talk. While Biden paints a rosy picture of how he and Obama worked hand-in-hand in great harmony – sort of like Bob Hope and Bing Crosby in the old “road movies.” (And yes, I am that old, but I could not think of a contemporary acting team that are such close friends to use as an analogy.)
Insiders report that the relationship was not always as Biden describes it. Some former staffers say that Obama’s opinion of Biden was reflected in the lack of an early endorsement for Biden – and the rather cool and officious nature of the endorsement after Biden was on his way to cinching the nomination.
When endorsing Hillary Clinton in 2016, Obama was effusive in his praise of her abilities. When endorsing Biden in 2020, Obama seemed to note Biden’s deficiencies when he said, "And I know he will surround himself with good people."
You must remember that Obama had endorsed Clinton as Biden was considering a run in 2016. And that was before the death of Biden’s son that was said to have discouraged the then Vice President.
It was said that Obama was a wee bit irritated by Biden’s claiming credit for virtually every achievement of the administration. Biden’s emphatic “I did that” in conjunction with every successful policy may have had Obama wondering which one of them was actually President. It should not come as a surprise since Biden has a long history of appropriating the words and actions of others.
Politico reported that Obama’s aides viewed Biden “like an elderly uncle at Thanksgiving, [who] would launch into extended monologues that everyone had heard before.”
While many credit Biden’s current support among Blacks – despite the crime bill that sent droves of young Black men to prison and his rough treatment of Anita Hill during the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings – to his association with Obama, the former Vice President does not agree. He privately told friends that Obama did not “lift a finger” to help before the big win in South Carolina.
While Obama and Biden maintained a public front of comity, the impression of White House insiders was a much more strained relationship. If there was ever a statement that seems to sum up Obama’s view of Biden’s weakness in conjunction with the 2020 election, it is when he told a donor “Don’t underestimate Joe’s ability to f*** things up.”
That viewpoint may also be the reason that Biden’s handlers are keeping him locked up in his basement.
So, there ‘tis.
By Larry Horist