President Obama said Thursday he does not want to "jam" up the 2016 Democratic nominee by saying the candidate would be a continuation of his presidency.
In an interview with CBS News, Obama described the presidency as a relay race and said the presidents tend to build off each other.
“That's the beauty of our democracy, it keeps on evolving and I'm sure that there are going to be some things that, whoever the next president is, want to continue, there are going to be some things that they're going to want to do differently, but the trajectory is hopefully going to be one in which we're broadening opportunity for every American."
Obama declined to say who he would prefer in 2016.
He described Vice President Biden, who joined him during the interview, as the finest vice president in history and called Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonPoll: 85 percent of Clinton supporters would vote for her again OMB director: Government shutdown not a 'desired end' Poll: Almost half say Trump off to poor start MORE an extraordinary secretary of State.
"I've got somebody who I think will go down as the finest vice presidents in history, and he has been, as I said earlier, a great partner in everything that I do," he said. "I suspect that there may be other potential candidates for 2016 who have been great friends and allies. I know that we've got an extraordinary secretary of State who did great service for us and worked with me and Joe to help make the country safer."
Obama said he is very interested in "making sure that some of the stuff we've gotten started continues” no matter who is nominated.
Biden said Obama will be the first to know if he decides to run. His calculation, he said, would not change the job he does at the White House.
"If I decide to run, believe me, this'll be the first guy I talk to. But that decision hasn't been made for real, and there's plenty of time to make them. We have a lot of work to do between now and November," Biden said.