Biden Reflects on Obama’s Presidency: ‘Not One Single Whisper of Scandal’

Barack Obama with Joe Biden
Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

Former Vice President Joe Biden touted the success of former President Barack Obama‘s presidency and claimed the two men left the White House scandal-free.

“I’m incredibly proud to have served with him,” Biden said on “The View” Friday afternoon. The former vice president, and now 2020 presidential candidate, said he and Obama share the same outlook on what they were most proud of in their eight years of office.

“Not one single whisper of scandal,” Biden said. “Not one single whisper. And that’s Barack Obama. That’s because of Barack.”

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While Biden, Obama, and other Democrats like to make this point, conservatives have fired back on this claim before. As IJR Red previously reported, controversies such as Operation Fast and the Furious and the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Lybia are incidences where the Obama presidency’s “no scandals” claim is left with a glaring asterisk.

The Trump campaign and administration, on the other hand, has faced an onslaught of scandals and investigations.

The Mueller investigation alone detailed a number of these scandals, from Donald Trump Jr. accepting a meeting with Russians to get dirt on Hillary Clinton to Trump’s campaign chair Paul Manafort sending internal polling data to Russian oligarchs. In total, six former Trump advisers have been indicted based on the special counsel’s investigation — many of them now face jail time.

One of Trump’s biggest scandals happened in the weeks before he was elected when an Access Hollywood tape of the candidate bragging about sexually assaulting women was revealed, words that fueled a look into the 23 women who have accused Trump of sexual misconduct.

One of the other more eye-brow raising scandals came after it was revealed Trump ordered his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen to pay off adult film actress Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about their alleged sexual affair which Daniels has now detailed publically since Trump took office.

Then there were the scandals that were a direct result of policies of the president and his administration. Mainly, the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy of undocumented people that separated thousands of migrant children from their parents.

Biden’s claim that there was “not one single whisper” of scandal in the eight years of the Obama administration is questionable. But Obama’s successor has been rocked with scandals on a scale far greater than any that faced his administration.

Correction [5/1/19, 2:10 p.m. ET]: Previously, this article inaccurately labeled Trump as Obama’s predecessor. We have corrected the error.

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Screwtape
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This is as much an idiot, lack of self-awareness, statement as Hillary saying Trump would be indicted if not for his status.

Of course, Joe is an idiot and he and Hillary lack any sense of self-awareness.

Morte206
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Ms. Helmet, you might want to invest in a dictionary and learn to use it. Additionally request a better editor look over your pieces. Trump is Obama’s successor not predecessor nor is he the originator of the family separation policy that Trump sought to zealously enforce.

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Biden Tells ‘The View’ Obama’s Presidency Had No ‘Whisper of Scandal’ — Conservatives Can Think of a Few