June 14th, 2009
02:25 PM ET
9 years ago

Biden: Obama has kept his word on consulting vice president

Vice President Biden said Sunday that President Obama has kept up his end of the bargain the two men made about working together in the White House.

Vice President Biden said Sunday that President Obama has kept up his end of the bargain the two men made about working together in the White House.

(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden said Sunday that President Barack Obama consults him on all major issues as promised, and that the job is what he hoped it would be.

"There's not a single decision made that he hasn't asked me my view," Biden said on NBC's "Meet the Press" program.

Biden has said he accepted the chance to be vice president on condition that he would be an important consultant and confidante to Obama.

"He's kept his end of the bargain," Biden said of Obama, describing himself as "one of the last people who has the opportunity to make my case to him."

"I think he respects my opinion," the vice president said.

Biden cited a tangible benefit of his role, saying: "I used to react to nominees to the Supreme Court; now I got to help select a Supreme Court nominee," in reference to Obama's nomination of U.S. Appellate Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the high court.

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  1. DaBird

    He has lied to America about 100 days though. 100% of everyone's taxes are going up. Cell phone tax, soda and beer tax, gas tax, health care tax, climate tax. Obama and Rahm are taxing us from the back door. WAKE UP AMERICA. My health care tax will be $1,800 for our middle income family.

    June 14, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  2. Joe the carpenter

    The thing is, is that Pres. Obama ALSO invites input from opposing viewpoints, i.e. the republicans. Asking advice from your right hand man is easy, asking the "opposition" is less so, and he does ask the "opposition" the problem is the "opposition" want to remain so. Pres. Obama is a rational thinker, humble and a pragmatist, MAN WHAT A CHANGE.

    June 14, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  3. Mike O'Brien

    Joe.., you have been around for a long time. Even I would seek your advice.., especially on foreign country issues. Mike in Montana

    June 14, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  4. Haters are sooooo predictable!

    re: Sniffit June 14th, 2009 11:09 am ET
    "...to think your type usually complained that Bush consulted Cheney Vader too much!"

    Sniffet...It wasn't really that we thought Bush consulted Cheney too much! It was more like Cheney didn't consult Bush enough...and why would he really? It would have been like the puppeteer asking the puppet if it was okay to pull a certain string or put certain words in his mouth.

    I can't help but wonder if Bush would have been a better president and the nation as a whole would not have been so degraded if someone less power hungry and nasty-tempered than Cheney had been the Vice. Bush should forever blame Cheney for the awful way history will most certainly regard his presidency.

    IOn the other hand, 'm so glad Biden is in the VP's office. He's a foreign policy whiz and seems to be as fair-and-open minded as Obama. He's so very much better than the guy who preceeded him! And Holy Cow! Biden's a world better than Palin would have been or could ever hope to be!

    June 14, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  5. strong

    Obama is just using Biden as a sounding board. Nothing more. Get over yourself Joe.

    June 14, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  6. To: Dabird

    wow you are flipping Dabird to the american people yourself aren't you

    this is sunday, go to church, get some perspective, step away from the computer

    June 14, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  7. Seattle Sue

    Would all you Biden haters feel better if Biden had secret meetings, maybe go out and shoot somebody in the face wit a shotgun. We still don't know who was at the energy meeting of Cheney's in early 2001. I feel we are paying the high price of gas because of this meeting.

    June 14, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  8. To: Snifit

    my type at least listens

    Snifit, you are on here every day, you need some time away so that you are not caught up in your own wirld wind of negative reactive responses

    Try thinking and less typing into Blogs

    June 14, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  9. fishy fish

    Consult? I almost forgot that that word existed anymore in American politics, at least during the last 8 years.

    June 14, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  10. FORMER republican, NEVER again!

    Do you republicans even know what socialism is? Obviously not listening to some of these posts. Do your self a favor stop listening to people like rush, coulter, hannity and do your own research if you dare. These people are only trying to make money off of gullible people like you. They got rich from being negative. President Obama is without a doubt the BEST thing that has happened to this country in a long time. He is tackling problems that the republicans ignored for the last 8 years. Even if the President gets nothing accomplished I give him an A for effort. By the way alot of you just need to accept the fact that he's black and then look at him through objective eyes. Give the man a chance! (I am white by the way)

    June 14, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  11. ejpdx

    The longer the Republicans take to get their party back from the grips of Rush_Sarah_Newt, and into something in the reality realm, the better for us bleeding heart liberals. Eventually, I imagine the pendulum will swing back towards the middle, but it will be a NEW middle... LEFT of where it's been. AMEN!

    June 14, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  12. Tim

    Biden appears on "Meet The Press" and says that the Stimulus bill did not help the economy. In fact, the economy got worse since the stimulus bill. Biden response to this was "everyone guessed wrong."
    Everyone guessed wrong? I think Biden meant everyone in his administration guessed wrong. Now the country is in an extra 600Billion dollar deficit and the economy is worse off.
    All of you who supported the stimulus bill with all your might...here are the results. This country is just starting to see the effects of a useless administration. You reap what you sow.

    June 14, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  13. Poker Guy

    Good old Joe. He reminds me of a nutty uncle. Obama picked him to be VP for only one reason. It was the right thing to do at the time to get elected. I'm just glad the media is starting to look at Obama in a more critical way. The rock star appeal seems to be wearing off and people are starting to think rational again.

    June 14, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  14. Champly

    Ah yes...partners in crime.

    June 14, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  15. RUForReal

    I think Republicans should be insulted at the way they get played like they're the subject of a Pavlovian experiment. A GOP strategist simply substitutes "fascism" for "socialism" because "socialism" isn't generating the vitriolic response that it once did - never mind the fact that "fascism" is on the opposite (far right) end of the ideological spectrum and thus is completely different. How does it feel to have leaders whose big idea is to push your buttons all day to keep you hysterical and unable to think for yourselves?

    June 14, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  16. Finally a REAL Presidency

    I am PROUD as a former U.S.Marine to have (after 8 years of unimaginably poor leadership) to have a great President AND Vice President in the White House. America is back on track and there is nothing the "other" party can do to stop us from rebuilding our great nation. I truly feel that those with an opposite view of this government are full of it and they just want to hear themselves speak.

    June 14, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  17. mk

    Joe Biden is a regular guy, foot in his mouth and all. I respect his opinion because I think it comes form a place of knowing what a regular persons values and belief are. He knows our struggles and has a powerful voice in defending our needs. What is not to respect about that?

    June 14, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  18. ThinkAboutIt

    Biden has a loose mouth at times, but he is an intelligent, experienced man who truly has the best interest of our country in mind and in his heart. Both he and President Obama are big enough people to accept that putting the best minds to work on a problem goes a very long way in coming up with the best solution.

    Keep up the good work, Barack and Joe!

    June 14, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  19. Finally a REAL Presidency

    Socialist? Oy vay...You people sound like complete morons...honestly, LET IT GO!

    June 14, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  20. Robert

    Obama will lead America back to greatness and away from the greed of corporations.

    June 14, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  21. republicans hate america

    back when the rush limbaugh party was in the white house the president took direction for the 4th branch of government...the dick cheney branch

    June 14, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  22. Champly

    Yeah sniffit – do as your are told. Keep your opinions to yourself and go back to work so you can earn money for Obama to spend as we darn well chooses. How dare you question the Obama !! How dare you cast a shadow on VP Plugs !!

    June 14, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  23. ThinkAboutIt

    A blanket comment to everyone who posts here who wants President Obama to fail (which is the subtext of everything you write): By wanting our President to fail, you want our country to fail. You are putting your own selfish political agenda ahead of your country. As long as you've got yours, to hell with everyone else. Sounds treasonous to me.


    June 14, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  24. sam

    Just imagine if that was "President" McCain and "Vice President" Sarah Palin in the picture above. SCARY!!!!!

    June 14, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    @Champly June 14th, 2009 12:18 pm ET

    Ah yes…partners in crime.

    But they both left white house on January 20, 2009

    June 14, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
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