2020 TWIST! Biden’s In, But Without Buddy Barack’s Endorsement
Biden’s flying solo this time, by choice…but we’ll explain why that was nothing more than an optics stunt.
There were no suspense. No drama. Maybe just a tinge of uncertainty, but the announcement still arrived: Joe Biden is running for President.
Everyone within earshot of a television over the course of the last two days was aware of it, but, even in this day and age the old traditions apply.
So Joe Biden did what 21st century candidates do when they announce their intentions to run for the highest office in the land: Post a video to Twitter bashing President Trump. Biden’s beef went all the way back to Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017, with the former Vice President alluding to the idea that President Trump’s remarks after the fact were a flashpoint in our nation’s history.
If Biden is claiming that this compelled him to run, what took him so long? Did he anticipate the coming storm of groping allegations, knowing that waiting them out would be the safer bet?
However it panned out in the ol’ noggin for Joe, he’s in now, but he doesn’t have the endorsement of his good buddy, and the President he served under, Barack Obama.
“I asked President Obama not to endorse,” he told reporters in Delaware. “And he doesn’t want to—whoever wins this nomination should win it on their own merits.”
Kate Bedingfield, a spokeswoman for Biden, had said earlier the former vice president had asked Obama “not” to endorse him in his 2020 bid, so he could make the case for change himself.
This is an incredibly slick political move, and I’ll explain:
Biden’s framing of the situation gives us the impression that Barack Obama may have been chomping at the bit in order to run up to the podium and immediately endorse Biden, which, if we’re being honest, has a far more profound feel than a regular-old endorsement any how.
Slick move, Joe, but you’re still going to have to make it to November next year with all of your #MeToo apologies intact.
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