CNN's David AxelrodDavid AxelrodThe Memo: Democrats vent frustration with Biden on Afghanistan Psaki dismisses Axelrod's criticism of Biden on Afghanistan Axelrod says Biden should have 'embraced' failures of Afghanistan exit MORE mocked a tweet from former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPelosi sets Thursday vote on bipartisan infrastructure bill Pressure grows to cut diplomatic red tape for Afghans left behind President Biden is making the world a more dangerous place MORE to former President Obama celebrating "Best Friends Day," with the former Obama-Biden campaign chief strategist asking if it was joke.
"This is a joke, right?" Axelrod, who hosts "The Axe Files" on CNN, asked in a tweet on Sunday to his 1.1 million followers after Biden, a 2020 presidential candidate, wished Obama "happy #BestFriendsDay” on Saturday. Biden's post included a photo of the bracelets he shared to celebrate his Obama's 55th birthday in Aug. 2016.
This is a joke, right?— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) June 9, 2019
Other pundits also jumped in to rib Biden on the friendship tweet.
Dude, you’re 76. https://t.co/1gFpMACiWk— Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) June 9, 2019
Keep pandering, Joe— Joy Villa (@Joy_Villa) June 9, 2019
Biden: Obama’s my best friend.— Jesse Fernandez (@JesseFernandez) June 9, 2019
Obama: Biden’s my coworker.
This can’t be real https://t.co/p5QvVOA1If— Josh Barro (@jbarro) <ahref="https: twitter.com="" jbarro="" status="" 1137554019629621254?ref_src="twsrc%5Etfw"">June 9, 2019
This is a parody account, right? https://t.co/fj8NDZ9xRL— Teri Christoph (@TeriChristoph) June 9, 2019
He's such a good friend that he wont endorse you for President...— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) June 9, 2019
Obama has pledged not to give any candidate, including his former vice president, his endorsement during the 2020 Democratic primary.
Biden is currently the front-runner among the 24 candidates seeking the Democratic nomination, but has seen his lead shrink recently.
A Saturday Des Moines Register–CNN poll, for example, has Biden at 24 percent support, with Sen. Bernie SandersBernie Sanders Texas House Republican tests positive for coronavirus in latest breakthrough case In defense of share buybacks Progressives seething over Biden's migrant policies MORE (I-Vt.) at 16 percent, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenIn defense of share buybacks Democrats urge Biden to go all in with agenda in limbo In Washington, the road almost never taken MORE (D-Mass.) at 15 percent and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegDOJ sues to block JetBlue-American Airlines partnership On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Pelosi plows full speed ahead on jam-packed agenda Blumenthal calls on Buttigieg to investigate American Airlines-JetBlue partnership MORE (D) at 14 percent.