What Is Joe Biden's Obsession With Barack Obama All About?

By Maria Angelino | Tuesday, 19 March 2024 08:30 AM
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President Joe Biden has been privately drawing comparisons between his administration and that of his predecessor, Barack Obama, according to two insiders who spoke to Axios.

The President's inclination to measure his actions and achievements against those of Obama has reportedly influenced his approach to significant events such as the 2021 Afghanistan withdrawal, the Israel-Hamas conflict, and his dealings with Congress.

Biden has been quoted saying, "Obama would be jealous," when discussing his accomplishments, according to two aides privy to the President's remarks. The relationship between Biden and Obama was also a topic of discussion during Biden's interview with special counsel Robert Hur, as part of an investigation into his handling of classified documents.

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Biden revealed during the interview that Obama had favored former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as a presidential candidate in the 2016 election. "A lot of people … were encouraging me to run in this period, except the President … He just thought that [Clinton] had a better shot of winning the presidency than I did," Biden shared with Hur.

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Interestingly, Biden has reportedly had more interactions with former President Bill Clinton than with Obama during his presidency, as reported by the Washington Post. However, White House spokesperson Andrew Bates refuted these claims, stating, "President Biden does not make such comments in private. As President Biden has said, President Obama is family to him," adding that Biden frequently communicates with both Obama and Clinton.

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Before Biden assumed office, former aides reportedly expressed doubts about his potential success as President, with some suggesting that Obama's staff underestimated Biden's capabilities in foreign policy and Congress. "The Obama people thought Biden would suck as President. They didn’t think he’d be organized enough to execute," a former Biden aide disclosed to Axios. Another former White House official added, "We do have too many Obama people who don’t care about Joe Biden. It’s about them."

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As the 2024 election approaches, Biden is lagging behind former President Donald Trump in the polls, grappling with dwindling approval ratings and concerns about his age. Despite hopes that his State of the Union address would provide a much-needed boost, the President has not seen any significant improvement in his poll numbers or popularity.

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