Biden: Obama says we’re like brothers

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Vice President Biden says President Obama describes their relationship as brotherly when explaining it to friends.

“[Obama] has a great line when friends ask him, ‘What’s it like with Joe?’ ” he said during an interview with New York Magazine published Sunday.

{mosads}” ‘It’s like an older brother-younger brother,’ ” Biden added of Obama’s opinion. ” ‘We make up for each other’s shortcomings.’ Well, he makes up for a lot more of my shortcomings than I do his.”

Biden says he made a pact with Obama early in their relationship to always present a unified front to voters.

“But one of the reasons why the president has confidence in me is I never talk about where we differed,” he said.

“The deal the president and I made was, when he asked did I have any conditions for coming on as vice president, I said, ‘I want your commitment, Mr. President, that I will literally be the last guy in the room on every major decision,’ ” Biden said.

“Because I’ve been around seven presidents before, and the vice president should never publicly, even in front of senior staff, be seen as being fundamentally at odds with the president.”

Biden added that he and Obama resolved their disagreements privately, noting they had differed on foreign policy in Afghanistan and Libya.

“When I had strong disagreements, I reserved that for the Oval Office,” he said. “We have raised our voices with one another, we have had real disagreements, and I must say, I believe that we’ll see what he writes, but the record will show I had a lot more influence on getting the position I wanted.

“I strongly opposed going into Libya. I strongly opposed the moving from counterterrorism and counterinsurgency under [now retired Gen. David] Petraeus in Afghanistan. It turned out that, if you look, I think I’ve been right.”

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