Obama and Biden’s Awkward 2016 Conversation

by Andrew Johnson

With Joe Biden standing right next to him, President Obama was awfully coy in discussing his thoughts on 2016. While he expected Biden to “go down as one of the finest vice presidents in history,” the president went out of his way to make sure to praise Hillary Clinton as well.

“I suspect there may be other potential candidates for 2016 who have been great friends and allies,” he told CBS’s Major Garrett. “I know we’ve got an extraordinary secretary of state who did great service for us.”

Ultimately, whoever the Democratic candidate is, President Obama said he is “very much interested in making sure some of the stuff we got started continues,” but expects some will take a different route on various issues.

“I’m sure that there are going to be some things that, whoever the next president is, want to continue,” he explained. “There are going to be some things that they’re going to want to do differently, but the trajectory is, hopefully, going to be one in which we’re broadening opportunity for every American.”

Meanwhile, Biden assured Garrett that his decision to run will not impact how closely he works with the president in the remaining two years.

“If I decide to run — believe me — this will be the first guy I talk to,” he said.

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