President Barack Obama predicts that gaffe-prone Vice President Joe Biden “will go down as in history as one of the best vice presidents ever.”
“And he has been with me, at my side, in every tough decision that I've made — from going after (Osama) bin Laden to dealing with the health care issues to, you name it, he's been there,” the president told MSNBC's Chris Matthews, USA Today reports
But when pressed, Obama refused to choose between Biden or former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, should both seek the White House in 2016.
"Not a chance am I going there," he told Matthews, quickly channeling a politician’s savvy.
"Both Hillary and Joe would make outstanding presidents, and possess the qualities that are needed to be outstanding presidents,” he said during the 40-minute interview
at American University in Washington.
Hillary Clinton, he continued, will also make history as one of the finest secretaries of state.
She “helped to transition us away from a deep hole that we were in when I first came into office around the world. And to rebuild confidence and trust in the United States.”
According to MSNBC, Clinton leads various polls asking voters who they would support for president in 2016. One recent poll showed 70 percent of voters favored Clinton, compared with just 9 percent for Biden.
Biden, famous for sticking his foot in his mouth, referred to as “Bidenisms,” most recently made headlines when he mistakenly called the wrong Martin Walsh to congratulate him on becoming Boston’s next mayor.
Some other noteworthy Bidenisms
- You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent.... I'm not joking," Biden said in a private remark to an Indian-American man caught on C-SPAN, June, 2006.
- “A successful dump!" Biden said, explaining his trip dropping deadwood at the dump to the reporters outside his home in Wilmington, Del., on Aug. 20, 2008.
- "Look, John's last-minute economic plan does nothing to tackle the number-one job facing the middle class, and it happens to be, as Barack says, a three-letter word: jobs. J-O-B-S, jobs," Biden said in Athens, Ohio, on Oct. 15, 2008.
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