Would Vice President Joe Biden make a good commander-in-chief? Not only would he be good, but he’d be “superb,” according to President Barack Obama.
An article published Monday in The New Yorker took an in-depth look at Biden, and naturally, touched on a potential presidential run in 2016.
Obama has praised Hillary Clinton’s attributes as a potential president, and he’s also given Biden an endorsement as well.
“I think Joe would be a superb president,” Obama said.
“He has seen the job up close, he knows what the job entails,” Obama said. “He understands how to separate what’s really important from what’s less important. I think he’s got great people skills.”
It’s hard to dispute Biden’s people skills, as he’s demonstrated them often, especially that time in 2012 at Cruisers Diner in Seaman, Ohio:
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Obama says a run comes down to having “that fire in the belly, which is a question that only Joe can answer himself.”
But even if the fire is there for Biden or Clinton, Obama wonders why they would want to subject themselves to a grueling campaign.
“I think that, for both Joe and for Hillary, they’ve already accomplished an awful lot in their lives,” Obama said. “The question is, do they, at this phase in their lives, want to go through the pretty undignifying process of running all over again.”
If Biden does run, he clearly has an uphill battle.
First, he’ll have to endure shots like this:
Vice-President Joe Biden’s in town, Senator Ted Cruz said, at a dinner for South Carolina conservatives last year. You know the great thing is you don’t even need a punch line? You just say that and people laugh.
But more importantly, a recent Gallup poll showed only 38 percent of Americans have a favorable view of Biden, compared to 55 percent for Hillary Clinton.