Obama Gives ‘Blessing’ to Biden POTUS Run
President Obama has given his “blessing” to a possible run for the White House by Vice President Joe Biden.
The “blessing” came during a Monday lunch at the White House, when the President made clear he would not stand in his way or counsel him against a run, a senior Democrat told CNN.
President Obama has also made three high-ranking aides available for Biden to counsel: Anita Dunn and Bob Bauer, the husband-and-wife team who have been at Obama’s side for much of the last decade, and Steve Ricchetti, the Vice President’s chief of staff. Dunn is a former White House communications director during Obama’s first term and is also an adviser to former Sen. Ted Daschle. Bauer is one of the top Democratic election lawyers in Washington, who helped guide Obama’s presidential campaign eight years ago.
The four are expected to hold a meeting on Monday night, according to the senior Democrat.
Ted Kaufman, a loyal Biden confidant who briefly occupied his Senate seat from Delaware, was also among those gathering to discuss how Biden could run, if he decides to do so.
The news is the clearest indication that Biden, after several months of rumors, will make a bid for the presidency. Demorcat Party insiders scrambling to prevent a takeover of the party by the populist surge of Socialist Bernie Sanders, after Hillary Clinton’s sure-thing campaign appears to be imploding.
The Monday night meeting follows a private session Biden held over the weekend with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a favorite of the party’s left wing.
While many top Democrats have already signed onto Hillary Clinton’s candidacy, several former Obama advisers tell CNN they would work for Biden if he jumps into the race. Key Democratic fundraisers have been invited to a meeting with Biden after Labor Day, a source close to Biden confirmed to CNN.