Former President Barack Obama hated Joe Biden’s rambling speeches and once passed a note to a staffer that said “Shoot. Me. Now.” while his former VP was giving an address, according to a new book.
The new book, by New York Magazine national correspondent Gabriel Debenedetti, gives an inside look at the relationship between the two men during the Obama administration.
The book highlights that Obama was annoyed by Biden’s content rambling, which has long been criticized by conservatives.
In recent years, Biden has become a weak public speaker but Obama couldn’t turn the channel like the rest of us.
According to the book, Obama would frequently tap Biden on the arm to tell him to stop talking.
The Daily Mail got an early copy of the book and reported: “As Obama saw it, Biden tended to ‘ramble, clearly loving every minute of it.’
“Obama told his close advisor David Axelrod: ‘Joe Biden is a decent guy but man, that guy can just talk and talk. It’s an incredible thing to see.’
“Obama said that he felt Biden represented a generation of Senators who had ‘overseen Washington’s decline into impracticality.’
“When Biden held court during George W. Bush’s confirmation hearings for secretary of state nominee Condoleezza Rice, Obama gave a staffer a note saying: ‘Shoot. Me. Now,’ the book claims.
“In early 2007 Biden further damaged his relationship with Obama with an interview in the New York Observer in which he called him the ‘first mainstream African American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice looking guy.’
“…Biden ‘rolled his eyes behind Obama’s back at his aloofness and glad-handing with fellow pols.’
“For his part, Obama sighed when Biden went on too long in meetings, occasionally tapping him on the arm to shut him up – and sometimes in public, the book claims,” The Mail reported.
The blurb for the book says:
“Delving far deeper than the simplistic “bromance” narrative that’s long held the public eye, The Long Alliance reveals the past, present, and future of the unusual partnership, detailing its development, its twists and turns, its ruptures and reunions, and its path to this pivotal moment for each man’s legacy.
“The true story of this relationship, from 2003 into 2022, is significantly more layered and consequential than is widely understood.
“The original mismatch between the veteran Washington traditionalist and the once-in-a-generation outsider has transformed repeatedly in ways that have molded not just four different presidential campaigns and two different political parties, but also wars, a devastating near-depression, movements for social equality, and the fight for the future of American democracy.
“The bond between them has been, at various times over the past two decades, tense, affectionate, nonexistent, and ironclad ― but it has always been surprising.
“Now it is shaping a second presidential administration, and the future of the world as we know it.”