In a Politico Magazine article published this week, Vice President Joe Biden's role has greatly diminished during President Obama’s second term. It can be directly traced back to Biden announcing his support of gay marriage while the president was still on record opposing it.
The gaffe-riddled vice president left the reservation to score political points without the White House’s consent which is a political no no in Washington.
The 71-year-old Biden has not announced his intentions concerning a 2016 run for the presidency, but gaining President Obama’s endorsement may be difficult after being quoted as saying he had been given "every s*** job in the world" from the start of the Obama presidency.
That’s not unusual duty for a sitting vice president who generally get the state funeral assignments and mall openings.
Biden’s whining included quotes like, 'But I want to be the last guy in the room on every major decision. You're the president, I'm not, but if it's my experience you're lookin' for, I want to be the last guy to make the case."
Such comments put the president in a difficult position.
But the last straw for Obama was the 2012 announcement concerning Biden’s surprising approval of gay marriage before the president took a public stand went over the line, the Politico report says.
It forced Obama’s hand prematurely before he could consult his political base. Despite desperate attempts to apologize, the president's inner circle suspected grew more hostile and suspicious of Biden.
Was his announcement a way of kick-starting his 2016 campaign?
Since the announcement, Biden has been excluded from strategic planning meetings, his public events schedule curtailed while two of his chief of staff selections have been denied.
Meanwhile, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appeared alongside Obama during the president's first television interview of his second term. No Joe Biden to be seen.
The vice president cannot avoid the massive numbers in most polls showing Hillary Clinton far ahead of Biden. The latest Washington Post/ABC Poll showed Clinton leading Biden by 73 percent to 12 percent.
Biden is in desperate need of a “Clinton slip” or a scandal to bring the numbers back into a practical excuse to make a run.
Unfortunately, Biden with his loose lips is more likely to be the victim of such an occurrence than the shifty and politically savvy Clinton.
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