Vice President Joe Biden has revealed that the President assigned him ‘every s*** job in the world’ but he still wasn’t able to win Obama’s full support and began being effectively frozen out after one of his infamous gaffes.Well, we'd have heard about all this if it was a Republican President (remember the speculation over Dan Quayle in 1992?).
The 71-year-old argued that he was happy to do the less glamorous tasks- like handling the at-times petty Senate fights and calming the fears of the infamously paranoid President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai- but only at a price.
‘When the president asked me what portfolio did I want, I said, “Base it on what you want of me to help you govern…But I want to be the last guy in the room on every major decision… You’re president, I’m not, but if it’s my experience you’re lookin’ for, I want to be the last guy to make the case,”’ Biden said in a lengthy Politico profile.
He went on to admit that Obama kept up his end of the bargain for the majority of their dealings, but the article reveals that there has been a definite frost between the two men that came after Biden announced his approval of gay marriage before the President.
Two years later, the chill in their once buddy relationship is only now beginning to thaw.
Trouble began brewing during the 2012 re-election campaign as there were rumors that the Obama team was considering replacing Biden with then-outgoing-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
When questioned about it by Biden, all involved parties denied any truth to said rumor and said so publicly, but not as forcefully as Biden wanted.
Not only were they not being as strong in their denials as Biden wanted, they were also lying. There was some truth to the speculation as pollsters from the campaign had begun slipping in questions about what the public would think if Clinton was brought in as number two.
Around the same time, Biden also gave the higher-ups in the campaign, like Strategist David Plouffe and manager Jim Messina reason to be upset after upstaging the President by coming out in support of gay marriage before the President.
The two men met and Biden apologized, asserting that it was an accident- just another in Biden’s long history of gaffes- but insiders apparently felt that it may have been a calculated move to signal his loyalty to the progressives who felt they were being ignored by Obama.
The apology was not enough and Obama’s staff reportedly turned hostile to the Vice President.
He was banned from strategic planning meetings that he had been included in during the first campaign, and nixed plans for Biden to headline private dinners with potential fundraisers. They even tried to block not one but two possible candidates when the Vice President was trying to pick a new chief of staff.
They also reigned in his public leash by dramatically limiting the number of appearances that Biden made in the months after the gay marriage slip.
But of course, old Plugs makes Dan Quayle look like an intellectual giant (Joe's Greatest Hits).