A forthcoming tell-all exposes the long-rumored conflict between former President Barack Obama and current President Joe Biden.
The carefully cultivated image of a “bromance” between Obama and Biden, as described by the Daily Mail, appears to disintegrate in Gabriel Debenedetti’s “The Long Alliance: The Imperfect Union of Joe Biden and Barack Obama.”
According to excerpts of “The Long Alliance” acquired by the Mail, during their time in the Senate, Obama found Biden to be “condescending” and “prone to ramble, plainly enjoying every moment.”
Debenedetti describes an event that purportedly occurred in 2005, when then-Senator Biden was speaking at the confirmation hearing for President George W. Bush’s nominee for secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice.
Obama reportedly sent a staff member a letter that said, “Shoot. Me. Now.”
The book recounts a tense relationship between the two, with Obama purportedly telling his adviser David Axelrod, “Joe Biden is a decent guy but man, that guy can just talk and talk and talk. It is an incredible thing to see.”
In addition, Debenedetti writes that Biden “rolled his eyes behind Obama’s back at his aloofness and schmoozing with fellow politicians” and was surprised by Obama’s “humorlessness.”
Obama was worried that Biden’s numerous gaffes would serve as “ammunition” for their political opponents, a judgment that would subsequently prove accurate.
According to “The Long Alliance,” their friendship strengthened following Obama’s inauguration, with Obama arranging weekly meetings between them.
The discomfort, though, would resurface following the Democrats’ thrashing in the 2010 midterm elections. Biden was “distraught” by the accompanying allegations that Obama was contemplating Hillary Clinton to replace him on the 2012 presidential ticket, according to Debenedetti.
More on this story via The Western Journal:
Obama denied the rumor publicly in the run-up to the 2012 election. But then, with the election coming up fast, Biden was accused of “betrayal,” according to Debenedetti, for telling the media that he supported gay marriage — denying Obama the politically valuable planned reveal in an upcoming television spot.
It was a move that allegedly left Obama “pissed.” CONTINUE READING…