by David Freddoso at Washington Examiner
It was an amusing way to insult the former vice president at the time — perhaps less so after Biden went on to win the Democratic nomination, defeat Trump, and become president. Still, the characterization rang true insofar as Barack Obama’s choice of Biden as running mate in 2008 struck many people, justifiably, as an odd one.
By then, Biden had for several decades been a loquacious self-promoter whose temper and plagiarism seemed to have blown any shot at the presidency he ever had. It was strange therefore to watch him find his way into the unexpected role of junior partner in a political relationship with a man young enough to be his son.
By December 2008, Biden had accepted that Obama, after only four years in federal office, was more qualified for the presidency than he was. “We got this ticket in the right order,” he is said to have told senior adviser Ron Klain. But as Obama’s No. 2, Biden was not always a good fit. Jonathan Alter wrote in The Promise (2010) that Obama “was surprised and angry when his vice-presidential candidate seemed to say something stupid every few days.” As his administration came together, Obama increasingly regarded Biden as “a filterless chatterbox” and suspected him or his aides of most of the leaks about his Cabinet picks. Alter relates that Biden was deliberately excluded from “many important conversations about personnel” as a consequence.
Of Biden’s participation in meetings about Afghanistan,…Continue Reading