According to a new book written by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, former President Barack Obama feared the embarrassment that Joe Biden would cause by running in 2020, and strongly urged him not to. They also wrote that Obama was rather “enamored” with one of Biden’s primary opponents.
"Obama's fears about Biden and his team ran deep — deeper than defeat," the duo wrote in "Lucky: How Joe Biden Barely Won the Presidency." "Obama worried that his former vice president would embarrass himself on the campaign trail and that the people around him would not be able to prevent a belly-flop."
They added that Obama pushed Biden not to run and that "it had stung Biden badly in 2015 when Obama made clear his preference for Hillary Clinton."
The authors also noted, "Obama, like much of his brain trust, seemed to be enamored with a former Texas congressman, Beto O'Rourke,” and wanted him to win the 2020 Democrat primary.
Obama raved that O’Rourke is an "impressive young man who ran a terrific race in Texas," during an interview on CNN's "The Axe Files".
"The reason I was able to make a connection with a sizable portion of the country was because people had a sense that I said what I meant," Obama added at the time. "And that's a quality that, as I look at what I'm sure will be a strong field of candidates in 2020, many of whom are friends of mine and whom I deeply respect — what I oftentimes am looking for first and foremost is, do you seem to mean it? Are you in this thing cause you have a strong set of convictions that you are willing to risk things for?"
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