With the Democrat National Convention underway, the Left is trying its best to hype up Biden and prop him up as the clear answer to Republican President Donald Trump. However, despite this, former President Barack Obama is less than enthused about Biden’s run against Trump.
Now, while I have already talked about how Trump’s real opposition isn’t Biden but mail-in voter fraud, the fact remains that Biden still needs to campaign, to one extent or another, even if the farthest he goes is his front porch. He still has to give interviews and talk to people and do the things most regular presidential nominees have to do, even in this unique election.
In this campaigning, Obama points out that one shouldn’t “underestimate Joe’s ability to f**k things up,” reported a recent Politico article which was surprisingly harsh towards Joe Biden at points.
Throughout this Politico article, the general theme seems to be that Joe Biden felt he didn’t get much, if any, respect from Obama or those around him, not too dissimilar to Fredo Corleone, the aloof and clearly mentally-challenged older brother of Michael Corleone, the smart and tactful son of Vito who ended up succeeding him as the titular Godfather of his mafia family.
I imagine the following scene from The Godfather Part II is something Joe can relate to:
Fredo: “I’m your older brother, Mike, and I was stepped over!”
Michael: “That’s the way Pop wanted it.”
Fredo: “It ain’t the way I wanted it! I can handle things! I’m smart! Not like everybody says… like dumb… I’m smart and I want respect!”
Apart from the sentiment that Joe is not a very intelligent fellow, I think he can relate to Fredo in that he, too, was basically “stepped over.” Fredo was passed over as Don of the family, following the death of Sonny and Vito, making Michael the head of the Corleone family, despite being younger than Fredo. Similarly, Joe was passed over as the “heir” of the Obama administration’s legacy, with the Democrats choosing Hillary Clinton, who was at least relatively smarter and had the same Ivy League education and background that many Leftist elitists favor.
In fact, that sentiment of being passed over as Obama’s heir was a major topic in the Politico article as well:
“… behind all the BFF bonhomie is a much more complicated story – one fueled by the misgivings the 44th president had about the would-be 46th, the deep hurt still felt among Biden’s allies over how Obama embraced Hillary Clinton as his successor, and a powerful sense of pride that is driving Biden to prove that the former president and many of his aides underestimated the very real strengths of his partner,” according to Politico.
If this doesn’t scream “Fredo Corleone” to you, I don’t know what does.
Leon Panetta, Obama’s secretary of Defense, recalled: “[Biden] was loyal, I think, to Obama in every way in terms of defending and standing by him, even probably when he disagreed with what Obama was doing. To some extent, [Biden] oftentimes felt that that loyalty was not being rewarded.”
The Politico article then went on to point out the way in which “Young White House aides frequently mocked Biden’s gaffes and lack of discipline in comparison to the almost clerical Obama. They would chortle at how Biden, like an elderly uncle at Thanksgiving, would launch into extended monologues that everyone had heard before.”
Even the infamous Ben Rhodes, a key part of the Iran nuclear deal, wrote in his memoir that “in the Situation Room, Biden could be something of an unguided missile.”
A particularly bad quote came from Obama himself, apart from his “don’t underestimate Joe’s ability to f**k things up” quote, where he reportedly told one 2020 Democrat candidate, speaking of the then-current Democrat electorate in Iowa, “And you know who really doesn’t have it? Joe Biden.”
Whether he meant the ability to win or to run things smoothly or what, I don’t know, but that hardly matters. He clearly doesn’t have much, if any, confidence in Joe Biden and has unenthusiastically supported Biden because he just kinda has to.
This was pointed out in the Politico article:
“But even in victory, Biden and his aides often act like they have something to prove to the Obama team that doubted them. Some Biden allies noted that Obama’s endorsement of Biden, when it finally arrived, lacked the effusiveness of his endorsement of Clinton. ‘I don’t think there’s ever been someone so qualified to hold this office,’ he said of Clinton in his video message in 2016. Four years later, in his endorsement video for Biden, he said: ‘I believe Joe has all of the qualities we need in a president right now… and I know he will surround himself with good people.’”
Obama and the Left have run with the narrative that Trump is dividing the country (completely ignoring that THEY are the ones who have been dividing the country with identity politics since HE was president), so it’s not surprising that he would say that Biden has “the qualities we need in a president right now.” Biden is known in the Swamp as being a bit more willing to cooperate with other people, even Republicans, which contrasted with Obama’s egotistical and narcissistic approach to things, believing he knew more than everyone else in whatever room he occupied combined.
That’s not to say Biden would make for a good president at all, of course – he’d be a train wreck and would not actually be in charge, which is why Obama mentioned that second part of Biden surrounding himself with “good people.”
Obama has no trust in Biden’s ability to do much of anything, especially doing things right, and knows perfectly well that if Joe were to “win” (if you read my previous article talking about cheat-by-mail, you know why I put that word in quotation marks), Joe would, at best, be the puppet with the official title of POTUS but someone else, like Kamala, would be the one actually running things and at worst, he would be forced to resign almost immediately to let Kamala be POTUS.
These are things we all knew, and even suspected that Obama saw it the same way, but it’s particularly interesting to see this from POLITICO of all sources. This, suffice to say, does not exactly hype people up to the idea of a Biden presidency. For Politico’s readers, this does not get them excited to vote for Biden, either by mail or by showing up to the polls.
While at some points the article tries to be more positive towards Biden, things like pointing out that Biden repeated the third grade, got all Cs and Ds in his first three semesters in college except for As in P.E., a course in which you would have to royally screw up to get anything less than a C, a B in “Great English Writers”, where he plagiarized in his paper, and an F in ROTC, as well as having graduated 76th out of 85 students at Syracuse Law School definitely do not help paint a pretty or excitable picture of Joe Biden, something he desperately needs.
I find it rather surprising that Politico would publish something like this, knowing full well that these people are largely Democrats. You would think they’d do whatever they could to help Biden win, especially as he is a candidate who NEEDS to be helped by those around him and those who support him.
Maybe they don’t exactly expect Biden to win, after all. Either that or they are so in bed with the Obama camp of the Democrat Party that they would rather try and avoid a disastrous campaign and Biden “presidency” which could tarnish whatever is left of the Obama legacy (which, granted, Biden or whomever controls his strings would get us back into the Paris climate deal and the Iran nuke deal and try to restore basically everything about Obama’s legacy, while trying to destroy Trump’s expansive legacy).
I don’t know the precise reason as to why the people at Politico chose to publish this, though I suppose we are still far enough away from the election that it would not really matter if this was published at all, and the sentiments expressed in the Politico article are sentiments found just about throughout the entirety of the Democrat Party anyway, and they aren’t doing a great job in hiding those sentiments.
At any rate, whatever the reason, I will enjoy the fact that they did and will call back to this whenever the opportunity strikes. Thanks for the ammo, Politico.
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