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THERE WASN’T ALWAYS A BROMANCE BETWEEN OBAMA & BIDEN

June 29, 2018

A new book is shedding light on the early relationship between Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

And while the two have a great friendship which is often referred to as a bromance, it wasn’t always the case.

“At [Barack Obama’s] first meeting of the Senate foreign relations committee in 2005, which happened to be a confirmation hearing for Condoleezza Rice, Obama passed an aide a note in the middle of one of Biden’s long monologues,” author Kate Andersen Bower writes in First in Line: Presidents, Vice Presidents, and the Pursuit of Power. “It read: ‘SHOOT. ME. NOW.’”

While that joke could hardly be considered animosity, the two did have its up and downs.

“Their friendship is more interesting than it’s often portrayed because it was not always easy,” the book states. “They were a political odd couple whose strengths were complementary and mutually reinforcing. But there were significant differences in style — and occasionally in perspective.”

In particular, Biden took issue with Obama’s team polling people to see if Hillary Clinton would have been a better running mate prior to the 2012 election. In the end, he stood by his VP and easily won re-election.

While in the White House, Obama and Biden would spend 4 to 7 hours a day together and formed a bond that continues to live today.

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