By The Hill Editors - 10/24/11 11:58 PM EDT
Vice President Biden was admittedly apprehensive about serving as President Obama’s deputy. After all, he said years ago, he’d never had a boss before.
Biden, who will turn 69 next month, has not ruled out a presidential bid in 2016. That’s a long way off, but he knows that he will have no shot of becoming commander in chief unless Obama is a two-term president.
Three years ago, Obama pulled away from Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) after the financial implosion. Biden put his foot in his mouth a few times, but it didn’t matter.
The Obama-Biden team seems highly unlikely to win 365 electoral votes, as they did last time. They’ll be happy if they get the bare minimum of 270.
The veep has shown again and again that he can’t be controlled, can’t be managed, can’t be handled. And Obama knows it.
Addressing 200 people gathered at a Chicago fundraiser last month, Biden said, “The president said, ‘Look, Joe, just go be Joe.’ So he let me loose.”
Biden will undoubtedly be an effective attacker on the campaign trail, which will be dominated by debates on jobs and the ailing economy. But he will also serve as a key Obama adviser in the coming months on the many thorny foreign-policy issues facing the U.S. in Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Libya and Afghanistan.