For the past four years, Biden has never fully agreed with his election. It is a decision that Obama and his top aides steered him to, as Biden complained about the death of his son Beau, and Obama had already promised his support to Clinton.
Instead, during a handful of conversations in recent months, people have had people close to both men said Obama listened when Biden explained why he thought he was uniquely suited to the re-election of President Stop Donald Trump. They talked about family concerns, people in the conversations said, with Obama being more of a close friend than a former president.
"He would never tell Joe not to walk," an Obama confidant said on condition of anonymity to discuss private talks. "Does he believe Biden will win the preliminary round? He knows the answer as little as the rest of us."
One challenge for Biden is the question of whether he is considered a legitimate heir to Obama or whether this position belongs to a newer state figure party. This only becomes clear when the democratic primary struggle is passed on.
One thing Obama knows? Advocates rarely work – even by a former president who is one of the most popular figures in the Democratic Party. And Biden did not ask directly for one who knows he has to win this primary battle on his own.
" I asked President Obama not to agree and he does not want to, "said Biden on Thursday in Delaware to the reporters. "Those who win this nomination should win for their own reasons."
Although Obama and Biden refer to something like an "exceptionally close" friendship, they actually only make a sporadic phone call and even meet rare
But while some former members of the Obama administration have been wondering loudly about the wisdom of a Biden candidacy, Obama is reluctant to criticize his former vice president himself in his private talks.
Obama has hit almost every Democratic presidential hopeful in the United States last months, but his conversations with Biden were far more personal, say the people who are conversant with the talks because he is Biden and se ine family knows better. But Obama was less of a good occasion for a potential candidacy for Biden than for other candidates.
In fact, Obama was largely kept up to date by Biden's plans by her respective adjutants, mainly because of her eight-year record. The White House suddenly becomes a central hub in democratic pre-school. And Obama has made it clear in a rare statement from his office on Thursday that he highly values Biden.
"President Obama has long said that choosing Joe Biden as a 2008 player was one of the best decisions he has ever made," said Katie Hill, an Obama spokeswoman. "He has relied on the Vice President's knowledge, insight and judgment in both campaigns and on the entire Presidency, which have been particularly committed over the past decade and are still close."
Relations between President and Vice President are complicated by their nature.
After all, as far as Obama and Biden are concerned, they have a far stronger bond than any new White House partnership, considering the tensions between George W. Bush and Dick Cheney after the presidency and the riots between Bill Clinton and Al in Consider attracts Gore in her last term.
While Biden described himself as the "Obama Biden Democrat" earlier this month, it was noteworthy that he did not even mention Obama in his announcement video on Thursday. Instead, he focused on the president in the Oval Office.
"If we give Donald Trump eight years in the White House, he will change the character of that nation forever and fundamentally who we are and I can not be there to watch what happens," Biden said. "The core values of this nation, our reputation in the world, our democracy, everything that has made America America."