Obama Reportedly Cautioned Biden Ahead of 2020: ‘You Don’t Have to Do This, Joe’

Former President Barack Obama reportedly warned his former vice president, Joe Biden, ahead of Biden’s jump into the 2020 Democratic presidential primary race.

According to The New York Times report, Obama “took pains to cast his doubts about the campaign in personal terms.”

Earlier in 2019, Obama told Biden, “You don’t have to do this, Joe, you really don’t,” as the former vice president mulled a presidential bid.

Biden, however, wasn’t backing down as he told Obama that he “could never forgive himself if he turned down a second shot at Mr. Trump,” the Times reports.

Obama has extended counsel to the 2020 Democratic candidates. The former president reportedly told Biden’s top campaign advisors whether Biden win’s or loses, “they needed to make sure Mr. Biden did not ’embarrass himself’ or ‘damage his legacy’ during the campaign,” the Times reports.

Obama hasn’t endorsed Biden and doesn’t plan to endorse any of the Democratic candidates in the primary. Biden also previously noted that he asked Obama not to endorse him because “I didn’t want it to look like he was putting his thumb on the scale here.”

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

It’s been a rocky start for Biden since he kicked off his 2020 presidential run, mixed with accusations, gaffes during campaigns, and tough debate performances.

During the first Democratic primary debate, Biden found himself under pressure as he struggled to defend his previous policies under the Obama administration, as IJR Red reported. Since then, he’s come under attack by other 2020 Democratic candidates about his past in other debates.

If he’s relying on the Obama administration in his 2020 bid, Biden said in late July, “It’s not a crutch.”

As for his gaffes, the former vice president has made multiple slip-ups, which have landed him in hot water.

Biden has also been faced several accusations of corruption during his years in the Obama administration, as IJR Red also dove further into.

Despite the bumps in the road, Biden is currently the frontrunner in the Democratic presidential primary.


  1. Well well well, getting advice from the WORST POTUS in history and the mere fact that Obamanation is not backing anyone, now THAT is funny, he knows that ALL the democrats that are vying for the shot at being President are WORSE than he was!! Totally laughable!!! Watch out now, Joe, you don’t want to become TOO BIG of laughing stock than you already are!!!

    1. Obama WANTS someone worse than him to be President. He hates America and all that she stands for, and wants to see her destruction in his lifetime.

  2. Yeah, Joe – it might be better for the democrat party if you just sit this one out!! Haaaa Ha Ha Ha!!! This is better than a season pass to Comedy Central!! Can’t wait for 2020!

  3. Biden is a pathetic, senile old man who will do anything to aggrandize himself. At this point, he’s just someones puppet (aren’t most politicians of all stripes?) probably Osamabamas.

  4. Lying, cheating, corrupt Democrats. I love how Biden claims there were no scandals during the Obama administration. Democrats actually believe it too. It’s amazing what the media and constant Democrat indoctrination can do.

    1. When people say no scandals, they are talking about personal life scandals such as paying hush money to a mistress, an accusation of sexual harrassment, or anything like that.

      Obama had political scandals as all presidents do and I’ve never met a Democrat who would deny that.

  5. Biased media, Trump lies, Joev has gaffes. Plleeassse

  6. Biden is a loser. The other dems running are bigger losers. Anyone voting for the dem platform right now is voting for socialism. I thought Americans were smarter than that.

  7. Be careful. The entire list of Democrat candidates, and I mea the ENTIRE lot, are useless, worthless and do not have America’s interests in mind if elected, only power to push their agenda onto the country and it ain’t pretty. So, all Democrat candidates being reprehensible, it will be time to bring in a ringer, a new (old) face, Michelle Obama. That would be the worse hting that could happen to our country, the Obamas in the White house again with all of their attendant corruption, hate, racism, cronyism, lies, arrogance, elitism, pandering to the Hollywood elite and bring our GDP back down to below 3 %^ annually. Democrats and those of like stripe have zero interest in doing good for America, business, foreign trade, immigration, prosperity or anyone’s well-being. It is all about power and get it using any means possible, legal or mostly illegal.

    1. Exactly it is all about power and dictating to Americans people

  8. “Agreed, Clinton had already been bought off with the SoS position.” Mort206

    I am confused.

    So you are saying, even though Mr Obama hadn’t been elected yet, that he had already had her confirmed as SoS BEFORE he announced his running mate and got elected into office? Wow. That’s some planning ahead!

    1. Not at all. (Hillary’s the crystal ball enthusiast as per her Mount Holyoke Commencement speech a few years back.) IMO the back room deal was in place though.
      Essentially: “If I get elected you get the job.” wink wink.

    2. That had already been mentioned before the 2008 election when she wasn’t chosen for the VP slot. Where were you? OH, in Kindergarten, I get it.

  9. “Biden is sloppy seconds to Odumbo’s first choice Hillary he’d also be a puppet his strings being pulled by Obummer.” Raven

    Raven is confusing facts with wishful thinking and clouded by CDS.

    Biden was one of three choices, in the end. The other two were Gov. Tim Kaine and Sen. Evan Bayh. Clinton was never really in contention, from the beginning.

    1. Agreed, Clinton had already been bought off with the SoS position.

    2. Apparently you’re unaware just how far in advance these decisions are made. For instance Tim Kane was chosen for the Hillarrhoid’s running mate in 2011. He stepped down as DNC chair so Wasserman Shultz could move into position to help the Hillarrhoid rig the primary in 2016. The VP slot was his reward. All the talk about the Hillarrhoid being undecided about running was BS. She used her influence as SOS to get backing from foreign contributors.

  10. Yeah, I don’t see Obama endorsing old Joe. I remember thinking that Obama chose the dumbest white guy he could find to make himself look better.

  11. make sure Mr. Biden did not ’embarrass himself’ or ‘damage his legacy’ during the campaign,”
    Too late and what legacy???

    1. Exactly more and more is coming out he and his wife damage themselves

  12. Biden is sloppy seconds to Odumbo’s first choice Hillary he’d also be a puppet his strings being pulled by Obummer. A nutcase he’s the last thing we need in the White House

    1. He is very very very weak and other countries will prey on us

  13. Obozo’s advise to jumping Joe don’t do anything to make me look bad or get me investigated, like the Uranium One deal, the give away of cash to Iran, the “ fast and furious “ debacle that caused the death of at least one American. 10 TRILLION added to national debt to pay for what ??.
    The list goes on and on!

  14. It’s been speculated that Obozo considered Hillary more likely to carry on his policies and ideology. Joe was too *ahem* moderate and just someone to hold his coat after getting him votes in the non-Blue zones..

    I believe that Obozo, narcissist that he is, did not want his “rep” tarnished by an “also ran” then or now.

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