THERE WASN’T ALWAYS A BROMANCE BETWEEN OBAMA & BIDENJune 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.
“These reports to the American people share the story of the spirit of discovery that defines this nation and gives me every confidence that we’re going to make enormous progress.” —Vice President Biden. At the State of the Union, President Obama put Vice President Biden in mission control by asking him to lead a new ‘Cancer Moonshot’ and inject a sense of urgency to seize this moment. Today, Vice President Biden gave President Obama and the American people a report back on how we’re fighting cancer. Check out the Vice President’s #CancerMoonshot report at medium.com/Cancer-Moonshot.