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.”
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.