Obama Is Boosting Biden's 2016 Prospects
By Richard Benedetto - January 14, 2013 (realclearpolitics.com)
In case you haven’t noticed, President Obama and his vaunted PR machine are orchestrating a full-court press to boost the presidential stock of his loyal vice president, Joe Biden.
It is not clear whether Biden will seek the Oval Office next time -- he will be 73 years old when 2016 rolls around. But just in case, the political foundation is carefully being laid and the public expectation is being buttressed by White House strategists, and dutifully documented by the media.
“Biden stokes talk of presidential campaign in 2016,” said a headline in Sunday’s Washington Examiner.
Since the Obama-Biden re-election in November, the loquacious vice president has been all over the place, doing everything from the ceremonial (attending the Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia) to the monumental: leading a high-profile presidential task force on gun violence that will make recommendations to Obama on Tuesday.
Thanks to the president putting him in charge, rather than someone such as the FBI director or a prominent jurist, the work of the task force -- a big deal since the Newtown, Conn., shootings last month -- has given the vice president a lot of face time on television. He met last week, amid much media hoopla and commentary, with groups such as the NRA, video-game executives and representatives of the entertainment industry.
In addition to all that, Biden found time to negotiate an eleventh-hour “fiscal-cliff” compromise deal with Senate Republicans, visit devastated New Jersey in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, lead the official U.S. delegation to the inauguration of Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto, and meet or phone a bevy of world leaders including Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, European Parliament President Martin Schulz, and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.And on it goes ...
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2013/01/14/obama_is_boosting_bidens_2016_prospects___116673.htmlThe Republicans can only hope he's the Democrat candidate in 2016.