Barack Obama, And The Quandary Of Hillary Clinton And Joe Biden For 2016

It is becoming very evident that President Barack Obama is now entering a real minefield on the issue of who he will support for the Presidential nomination in 2016.

Obama defeated Hillary Clinton in a very divisive campaign in 2007-2008, but then made Hillary his Secretary of State.

At the same time, he competed against Joe Biden, and they remained respectful enough toward each other, so that Obama selected Biden as his Vice Presidential running mate.

Hillary did what is regarded as an excellent job in the State Department during Obama’s first term, and the two rivals became very close, after their earlier rift.

Joe Biden, meanwhile, played a very significant role in the problem solving and crises of the Obama Presidency, remaining totally loyal, and the two men also became very close.

Now both Hillary and Joe want to be President, with Hillary far ahead in public opinion polls and seen by many as the logical nominee, but Joe has made clear that he is not giving up his wish to run for President, and will decide that later, just as Hillary will.

This puts Barack Obama in a quandary as to who he should back for President in 2016. Sometimes, it seems that he will back Hillary, other times Joe!

What it comes down to is that the best advice to President Obama is to stay out of the race, make no commitment to either candidate, and remain neutral, but making clear his willingness to support whoever the winner is, and work to avoid alienation of either Hillary or Joe.

This is a very delicate balancing act, and no one can feel comfortable in this situation, as it is known that Hillary and Joe really admire each other, are good friends, and it is hard to imagine any sustained attack by either on the other.

The easiest solution would be for either Hillary or Joe to decide NOT to run, opening up the door for the other, but that does not seem likely to occur.

In reality, as this author has stated many times before, the best solution, actually, would be for both Hillary and Joe to decide that at the age of 69 and 74, that it is time to retire, After decades of contributions to America, rather than being committed to ten years of stress and pressure and tension, which would leave them, at ages 77 and 82, after eight years in the White House, and the giving up of their private time and money making potential, instead they should both retire in dignity. That would allow a younger generation to enter the fray, and would be good for the Democratic Party and the nation at large!

11 comments on “Barack Obama, And The Quandary Of Hillary Clinton And Joe Biden For 2016

  1. Ali March 13, 2014 4:35 pm

    Not sure if you saw it but he was asked that questions a few months ago. This is how he responded;

    I don’t know how if this happens he could stay out of it completely but it sure would be entertaining at the very least lol

  2. Ronald March 13, 2014 4:54 pm

    It will require a great balancing act by Obama, Ali! LOL

  3. Mark March 13, 2014 7:24 pm

    Come on, just doing nothing isn’t very hard.

  4. Ali March 14, 2014 1:30 pm

    If that’s true someone should tell congress to stop taking so many breaks…

  5. Engineer Of Knowledge March 14, 2014 6:20 pm

    Hey Professor…Heads Up.

    Former Republican Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts is preparing to run for a seat in neighboring New Hampshire, a move that bolsters the GOP’s prospects of gaining a Senate majority.

    If I remember correctly….we use to call that Carpet Bagger.

  6. Ronald March 14, 2014 6:21 pm

    Engineer, you are correct, but in New York, we have had three “carpetbagger” US Senators–Robert Kennedy, James Buckley, and Hillary Clinton. So it is NOT illegal to do so! 🙂

  7. Paul Doyle March 14, 2014 6:30 pm

    I live in NH and the speculation about Brown has put a new political term into play in the Granite State: “Brownbagger” !! It’s appropriate in many ways, but especially true because if he does run, Shaheen will “eat his lunch”. LOL!

    Megillat, Esther, Professor!

  8. Ronald March 14, 2014 6:34 pm

    HAHA, Paul, I totally agree that Brown is highly unlikely to win the NH Senate seat. He has sex appeal, however! LOL

  9. Paul Doyle March 14, 2014 7:00 pm

    To keep the analogy going, I will admit that maybe he has Sacks appeal, but then he can’t find his way out of a wet, BROWN paper bag to grab victory!

  10. Paul Doyle March 14, 2014 7:12 pm

    To comment on the B v C question, it’s still a long way to 2016 as 2008 front runners and eventual Nominees (LOL), John Edwards, and Rudy Guiliani would tell you ; )

  11. Ronald March 14, 2014 7:19 pm

    Paul, I love your sense of humor! LOL

    You are correct about anyone ahead this early in a Presidential campaign, and I would, therefore, not forget Martin O’Malley or Jon Huntsman, but it will be difficult for either to win their party’s nominations!

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