Thursday, May 21, 2009

'He Can't Keep His Mouth Shut'

Poor Bammy. Stuck with Gaffe-master Joe Biden as his VP.

Dude, you made the choice. Deal with it.
President Obama is so "distracted by his vice president's indiscipline" that he has been forced to rebuke privately Vice President Joe Biden, according to a new book by Newsweek journalist Richard Wolffe, who interviewed Obama a dozen times.

"He can't keep his mouth shut," Wolffe quotes a "senior Obama aide" as saying of the gaffe-prone Biden in "Renegade: The Making of a President," set for release June 2.

As evidence, Wolffe reports that during the presidential transition period, Biden insulted Valerie Jarrett, one of Obama's closest friends and confidantes. Jarrett had been considered Obama's top choice to fill his vacated Senate seat in Illinois, but took herself out of the running just hours after Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich allegedly told a wiretapped conference call he would not heed any Obama recommendation without a payoff.

"Soon after Jarrett pulled out of consideration for the Senate seat, the senior transition team met to discuss cabinet picks," Wolffe writes. "Biden tried to compliment Jarrett after one contribution. 'You should be in the Senate,' he quipped. After the meeting, as everyone returned to their offices, Obama stopped Biden to warn him not to say anything like that again. 'It's not funny,' he told him."
It certainly wouldn't be a surprise if Obama looks elsewhere for a VP candidate for the 2012 election.

Meanwhile, in what's sure to drive the left crazy, as well as many Republicans who'd rather ignore the era of Reagan, Obama reportedly had praise for the 40th POTUS.
Although Obama was ranked as the most liberal member of the Senate by National Journal magazine, he had high praise for former President Ronald Reagan, a staunch conservative.

"Reagan would probably go down as a great president," Wolffe quotes Obama as saying. "I don't think there's any doubt that Ronald Reagan had a profound effect on our economy, on our politics, on our culture."

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