We don’t imagine there’s anyone who will vote in the Democratic primaries who is unaware that Joe Biden used to be Vice President under Barack Obama. And there are probably very few people who surf Twitter who are unaware of the Biden/Obama memes which present the two as friends (with Biden playing the role of the fool in most of them). Whether Biden was trying to play into these memes or actually making a serious attempt at bragging, “Hey, I’m tight with Obama!” we don’t know. Either way, his post on Best Friends Day was more than a little cringeworthy.
At the same time he was presenting himself as above it all by skipping the big Iowa campaign events, Biden took to Twitter to post a picture of an interlocking friendship bracelet with his and Obama’s names on the jewels.
“Happy #BestFriendsDay to my friend, @BarackObama,” he wrote.
Now this is pretty innocuous stuff on the surface, but it does bring to mind a few things. One, if this is his attempt to get a cheap Obama rub, then it’s just about the most pathetic thing we’ve ever seen a politician do. And that includes a lot of embarrassing stuff, we need not remind you. Two, posting something like this only brings attention to the fact that Obama hasn’t endorsed his “best friend,” which makes you wonder why he hasn’t. Three, it makes Biden look corny and desperate, and there’s no reason why he should look that way when he’s leading the Democratic field by double-digits.
“This is a joke, right?” asked David Axelrod, Obama’s former adviser.
Maybe it was. Maybe it was just an attempt on Biden’s part to draw attention away from his worst week ever on the campaign trail. His flip-flop on the Hyde amendment could turn out to be the exact moment that he lost the election. With that reversal of a position he’s held for forty years, Biden essentially told the country that he will go into this race with no convictions of any substance whatsoever. Whichever way the political winds are blowing, he’s ready to jump on a kite and follow them to the ends of the earth. That makes him not much different than Hillary Clinton, the last poll-tested candidate to be crushed by Donald Trump.
But hey, even if Uncle Joe never gets to be president, at least he’ll remain buddies with a guy who was.