CNN reported last night that President Obama has given his blessing to a 2016 presidential run for Vice President Joe Biden.
From CNN’s report by Jeff Zeleny and Peter Morris:
Obama gives Joe Biden ‘blessing’ for 2016 bid
Vice President Joe Biden received President Barack Obama’s “blessing” to make a 2016 bid for the White House, according to a senior Democrat.
But that’s if Biden chooses to run — the decision is his. While he doesn’t need the President’s permission, of course, a potential presidential candidacy was among the topics of their lunch Monday at the White House. The President made clear he would not stand in his way or counsel him against a run, the senior Democrat said.
The Vice President was expected to huddle at his residence Monday night with Anita Dunn and Bob Bauer, the husband-and-wife team who have been at Obama’s side for much of the last decade, two people familiar with the meeting told CNN. Steve Ricchetti, the Vice President’s chief of staff, was also expected to attend.
A report from Cameron Joseph of New York Daily News concurred:
Barack Obama gives Joe Biden his ‘blessing’ for 2016 presidential run
Vice President Biden invited top Democratic donors to meet with him after Labor Day, the White House praised his “aptitude” for the nation’s top job and President Obama is said to have given his “blessing” Monday, heightening the buzz over the veep’s Oval Office ambitions.
CBS News confirmed.
Here’s a video report CNN posted last night:
The reactions on Twitter were mixed. Via Twitchy:
— John Berman (@JohnBerman) August 24, 2015
President Obama has allegedly given Joe Biden the green light to consider a presidential run in 2016 http://t.co/ocypW2aZGN
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) August 24, 2015
— jon gabriel (@exjon) August 24, 2015
Obama endorses Biden as first mainstream Delaware-American that's "articulate" and "clean." https://t.co/RIDxGGsgOD
— Razor (@hale_razor) August 24, 2015
CNN's @wolfblitzer reporting that a source says Obama gave Biden his "blessing" to run. But would Obama really say anything else?
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) August 24, 2015
Maybe Greg Sargent should ask Hillary Clinton that question.
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