Former vice president Joe Biden admits “a lot of people were left behind” during his tenure in the White House, but it’s not stopping his mission to “Take America Back to a Time Before Trump.”
In a recent profile for The New York Times Magazine, Biden acknowledged “a lot of people were left behind” during the economic recession under former president Obama, and his administration should have done more to help their situation.
“In areas where people were hard it,” Biden said, “I don’t think we paid enough attention to their plight.”
The comments to Times Magazine writer Michael Steinberger, who lives in Biden’s hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, follow similar statements from the former VP at a book signing earlier this year, when Biden suggested voters elected Trump to replace his boss because they were “scared.”
The 76-year-old career politician also blamed Obama for leaving America “susceptible to demagoguery.”
Biden told Steinberger he wanted Obama to “explain to people how we got where we were not and why it happened” but Obama didn’t want to.
“The president said: ‘Joe, I’m not taking a victory lap. We have so much more work to do,’” Biden said.
He was essentially saying that some folks fell through the cracks because the president was busy with more important things.
“Everything landed on the president’s desk but locusts,” Biden said, adding that Obama “didn’t have time to breathe.”
Regardless of the failures, Biden is “more than happy to defend Obama’s legacy, the better to lay claim to Obama’s mantle,” Steinberger wrote.
“On the campaign trail, Biden misses no chance to invoke Obama’s name – not just because Obama remains a revered figure among Democratic voters but also because Biden and his team believe that the Obama connection is a get-out-of-jail-free card when it comes to thorny issues from Biden’s past.”
That was evident after liberals lambasted Biden for touting his work with segregationists and defense of segregated busing, with Sen. Kamala Harris grilling the elderly statesman about the latter at the most recent Democratic debate, CNN reports.
“I was vetted by him and selected by him,” Biden said of Obama in defense of his civil rights record in earlier this month. “I will take his judgment of my record, my character, and my ability to handle the job over anyone else’s.”
Obama has yet to endorse anyone for the Democratic primary.
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