Democratic sources: Obama aides annoyed with Biden
May 10th, 2012
11:25 AM ET
3 years ago

Democratic sources: Obama aides annoyed with Biden

Washington (CNN) - Multiple top Democrats said Thursday the president's senior aides are deeply annoyed with Vice President Joe Biden for forcing the conversation on same-sex marriage.

One source said Biden has, in the past, counseled the president against announcing support for same-sex marriage - making the circumstances that much more frustrating. Although other sources said they have not heard Biden make that point in recent years.

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Biden made comments supporting such unions during an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press" that aired Sunday, seemingly forcing the issue to the forefront of public debate.

Another source said the recent events gave renewed life to old jokes and flippant remarks like, "Hello? Does he know this is the Obama presidency not the Biden presidency?"

None of these sources said they believed it would create a lasting rift between the West Wing and the vice president's office – because Biden has gone off script before and will do it again.

The president's team said they were aware of the risk when they tapped Biden for the ticket. One source added that the president has a close personal relationship with the former senator and that trumps his advisers' frustrations. But there is a great deal of interest in keeping the vice president "on script."

These top Democrats said they are not concerned that Biden will "get credit" for the same-sex marriage announcement. They said history will show it's the president who did this and they believe most people thought the president already supported same-sex marriage.

Sources also said the vice president feels bad about putting the president in a tough position.

As evidence he is not in the dog house, Biden hosted a student loan event at the White House Thursday and will make a two-day campaign swing in Ohio next week.


Filed under: 2012 • Joe Biden • President Obama • Same-sex marriage
soundoff (115 Responses)
  1. Get Real

    Who wouldn't be annoyed by ANY of these people.

    May 10, 2012 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  2. NVa Native

    @ RoMoney 2012 – crawling backward America, never another term of more GOP FAILURE
    Does this make Obama the first Gay President???

    No, but your comments do make everyone aware of what you are.

    May 10, 2012 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  3. steven harnack

    Just some bruised egos of some guys who think that their "advice" is holy writ. If I had the opportunity to say something to the President it would be to do what HE feels is right WHEN he feels it's right to do so, not when some swelled head thinks that it is strategic to do so. At least Democrats can disagree without the rancor that permeates the Republicans.

    May 10, 2012 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  4. justaminit

    I like Joe Biden. He is the antithesis of Romney, the "Yes man" who will suck up to any group that he thinks will get him elected. At least you know here Joe stands on issues.

    May 10, 2012 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  5. 1969er

    The Democrats should move their Convention out of NC.

    May 10, 2012 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  6. April

    Obama hasn't an opinion-his head is empty until he gets his orders on what to say from his big money donors and those that crunch the poll numbers tell him to believe-and ISN'T EVERYONE ANNOYED BY BIDEN–everyday!

    May 10, 2012 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  7. Bob

    As a Democratic voter, I'm not annoyed with Biden, I'm irritated with these advisors, but hey they never listen to me at the local party level

    May 10, 2012 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  8. sks

    Obama should replace Biden with Hillary Clinton. Honestly Joe Biden is becoming a liability.

    May 10, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  9. acura2010

    Dump Biden! This clown runs his mouth too much and it needs to stop.

    May 10, 2012 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  10. acura2010

    Gay marriage is abomination. Obama just sold out. Christianity is not negotiated nor compromise. Real Christians take a stand.

    May 10, 2012 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  11. Oregon

    I like it when Biden goes off-script. And privately, Obama probably likes it too. Face it, Biden often tells the truth. Besides, it's fun to watch.

    May 10, 2012 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  12. Sydnium S. Adolsen

    I'd better vote for Romney than we will go to down-low Obamaville in 2015 AND stay home.

    May 10, 2012 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  13. M.K.

    Biden just tells it like it is and doesn't always stop to consider the consequences, which for a politician is very unusual. He has had his time in the sun and should step down and let Mrs. Clinton have the Vice President job if she wants it. She would just about guarantee an Obama second term. She is arguably the smartest woman politician and the most qualified woman to be the next President if she so desires. Romney would swallow his tongue if she should accept the V.P. slot.

    May 11, 2012 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  14. jimatmadison

    Just Joe being Joe. This is a win-win-win-win for the President.

    1, It's the right thing to do. Discrminating against someone because of who they are should just go away.
    2. This is a clear position. Even if they disagree with you, people respect that. That's one area where FlipFlop Etch-a-Sketch Romney has a real problem..
    3. This will help the Dems in 2012. National opinion is moving in this direction very quickly. The electoral map shows that the people who disagree with the President strongly on this are concentrated in states that he wasn't likely to win anyway. Indies support the President's position by 57% to 41%, and this is an important issue for young people who will be more motivated to vote because of the President's clear stance on an issue that they care about.
    4. This will help the Dems tremendously in the long run. The GOP simply can't hang on to their anti-gay positions going forward, and will have to come over to the Dem position or become electorally irrelevant. As older Americans die, and today's young people take their place in the voting booths, anti-gay political positions will become unsustainable, and recent anti-gay initiatives will be rolled back.

    May 11, 2012 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  15. I saw it on FOX News so it must be true.

    Joe should move aside and let a better VP run with Mr. Obama. A Latina preferrably, or Hillary.

    May 11, 2012 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
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