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. What No Dysfunction ... Unbelievable ...

    There are people called punits ( TV commentators) that our president ... NO DRAMA OBAMA ... is driving nuts.

    They live to stir up trouble, seek out dissent, try to feret out information leaks, get comments from "back-stabbers". Sorry guys ... not on this team ... we are too professional and have too much respect for one another. Besides, the boss don't like to hear a whole bunch of static.

    I know that there are some people in America that don't know how to deal with a man that has all of his game together and is constantly looking for some failing in him. President Obama is restoring dignity and the expectation of functionality (instead of dysfunction) to the White House.

    June 14, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  2. Cali J

    Why do all of you Dems blame Rush and others like him for how conservatives think? And the same way you find fault with FOX News, you should also find fault with CNN & MSNBC and the MSM. The double standard you folks put forth is incredible.
    To Father Coughlin: You left out the two worst Presidents of all.
    Jimmy Carter and Lyndon Johnson. The creator of welfare and the Vietnam ar (who later quit in the middle of it), and the Peanut farmer who stood by while the economy went further south than today, and let our people be hostages for 444 days. Please when telling stories of old, be sure to tell the whole story.

    June 14, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  3. realistic obama supporter

    CNN commenters know best!

    Sarcasm, now... Don't kill the messenger..

    June 14, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  4. Champly

    spongebob – the issues here are not really party issues, they are issues between the producers and the consumers. Those of us who produce would like to keep much of what we produce. And we don't want the Federals controlling every phase of our life. The consumers here are wanting other people to pay for their food, clothing, healthcare, autos, entertainment, etc. That is the riff. That is the divide.

    Obamists are the consumers. Those who oppose Obamism are the producers. Now that the consumers apparenlty outnumber the producers the economy and society collapses, as it is now doing.

    June 14, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  5. Eli

    Biden gives this nation hope that even the smallest of minds can rise to great heights.

    June 14, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  6. Sarah, Northern Colorado


    Please consult Obama on following through with what he said he would do regarding the "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Our military sure could use the gay men and women who could not stand being out of integrity within their personal lives and careers by keeping quiet.

    Thank you.

    June 14, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  7. Joe the Troll

    Champty – ever have a thought that Rush didn't hand you? If you truly believe that no one who voted for Obama has a job, then you are sorely detached from reality. The fact that so many people push their idiotic prejudices off as genuine political talk is one of the reasons why things get done in this country only very slowly.

    June 14, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  8. JoAnn

    Biden is one of the most insecure vice presidents we have ever had.
    He is constantly trying to make people believe how much he is in control of things. He continually talks out of place and as for me, I am ashamed of him and I believe if Obama was honest, Biden is a pain in his side.

    June 14, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  9. Robert Sparks

    I'm in favor of anyone or anything that Rush and Fox News dislikes.

    June 14, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |

    what a jerk, just like he said the secretary of state position was for him, get a lfe, you'll never amount to anything, obama's humbleness might cost him a little bit.

    June 14, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  11. Al-Chesapeake

    The only advise he receives from Obama is to keep his big trap shut. Biden has stuck his foot in his mouth so many times it out numbers the deficit numbers the good old USA is in now from all that reckless spending that the liberals run through congress without even reading the legislation. It is also time that the liberals come up with another
    excuse when they put "foot-in-mouth" than the common phrase "we/he/she misspoke" It is getting old from all the mistakes they try to spin..........

    June 14, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  12. Wow

    Sure he asks his opinion, then he does not listen to him. Remember when he chose him as his VP mate and everyone said what a great choice as his first decsion as Presidential candidate it will show what his administration will be like? My bet he is not on the ticket in '12.
    The guy is an emabarassment

    June 14, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  13. terry

    Bush already proved that !!!

    June 14, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  14. J Owens

    I was ashamed of the whole lot that came before this administration.

    June 14, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  15. Champly

    Joe the Troll – the reason we get little done in this country is because some people are so frightened of life that they must resort to mis-characterizing other people and their thoughts and words. You mis-characterized mine.

    June 14, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  16. JonPeter

    So much hatred from the right. To think that as a former moderate republican i shared a failed party with these people.

    Consider that even on the worst of days biden is an upgrade to the dimbulb thinking of Dick Cheney..

    June 14, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  17. R Wolf

    These two men are amazing. I wake up every morning feeling blessed having their intelligence, calmness, savvy, intellect, compassion and steady hands leading this Nation. Love them both and thank them daily.

    June 14, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  18. Matt, Canoga Park

    Did he consult Biden on the Swine Flu? Methinks they were not on the same page or Biden would not have been made to ride the rails with a dunce cap on.

    June 14, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  19. rr florida

    OMG! How scary is this!!

    June 14, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  20. Mike

    What a change from the last Administration. Cheney was making all the decisions without consulting George W. Bush.

    June 14, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  21. David Evan

    On topic for this discussion, not a discussion hijacked by the Rovian ideologues who have been displaced from power for a reason:

    Yes, this is a President that actually listens to people, beginning with his Vice President.

    June 14, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  22. LikingThisChange

    Father Coughlin, very well said. I've also had the opportunity to live and work in other countries, as well as teach many Muslim students. I strongly agree that we have far more to fear from within than without. The Bush administration during the past 8 years, and in particular Cheney now, in my opinion continues to increase the threat of outside terrorism from without, and "news" outlets such as Fox, Rush, Hannity, etc. continue to threaten us from within. In my opinion, they are far more dangerous in the long run.

    June 14, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  23. JoeJoe

    Harley is correct. To the Enlightened Voter, we are on the way to dictatorship. We did not have a dictatorship for the last eight years. Also, I'm getting really tired of libs telling Repubs to accept the fact that Obama is president and get over it. All I heard from Dems from 2000 to 2004 was how my side "stole the election". All I heard from Dems from 2004 to 2008 is "we were swiftboated, was swiftboated". It looks like the Dems have a hard time accepting things and moving on. We Repubs will live to fight another day and will defeat Odumba the next time. I am sure that the United States will make it through Jimmy Carter's second term. Don't let them get you down Harley.

    June 14, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  24. SN

    The photograph that accompanies this article is classic! Biden is speaking, and the president appears to be wincing in pain. That's how I feel about Biden, too.

    June 14, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  25. Three3

    Yes, Biden used to "react to nominees to the Supreme Court" – loudly, sarcastically, inappropriately, and unprofessionally, absolutely reveling in that position of asymmetric power that a hearing affords to those on the inquisitors' side of the table.

    June 14, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
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