According to a new book, even though Joe Biden was serving as former President Barack Obama’s right-hand man, he was unable to hide his concerns that the Obama “eggheads” thought poorly of him.
According to a report by the Washington Examiner, The Long Alliance: The Imperfect Union of Joe Biden and Barack Obama, which is scheduled for release on September 13, claims that despite the pair’s seeming great friendship and public bromance in public, their relationship was actually filled with tension and mistrust.
“The biggest insult to Biden was how little his input mattered to Obama’s inner circle,” the book claims, the Daily Mail reported.
“Biden could hardly shake the suspicion that Obama’s eggheads saw him as a foolish distraction they couldn’t fully trust.”
Early in the new millennium, Obama and Biden first met and according to Gabriel Debenedetti’s The Long Alliance. The author works as a national correspondent for New York Magazine, and writes in the book that neither of the two men was initially particularly taken with the other.
The book claims that early in their professional relationship, Biden met with Obama despite being “wary of fresh faces” and jealous of the attention he attracted.
Biden allegedly proposed to have supper with him at an eatery close to the Capitol that was “nothing special,” as described in the book. “We can go to a nice place, I can afford it,” Obama shot back, with the meeting ending on a “sour and uncomfortable note.”
Obama viewed Biden’s offer as “condescending at best, borderline offensive at worst” and thought of Biden as “old-school,” the book says.
“Joe Biden is a decent guy but man, that guy can just talk and talk. It’s an incredible thing to see,” Obama told his adviser David Axelrod, per the book.
Obama sent a memo to a staff member at Condoleezza Rice’s confirmation hearing for secretary of state “Shoot. Me. Now” while Biden assisted in directing Senate procedures, according to the book.
In an interview with the New York Observer, Biden praised Obama as “the first mainstream African American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice looking guy” further damaging the relationship between Obama and Biden.
According to the book, Obama was pragmatic in picking Biden as his running mate for his 2008 presidential campaign, but Biden first balked – as he recalled in public. In the end, Obama was able to convince Biden to support him by promising to work closely with him and act as the “capstone” rather than the “tombstone.”