Washington (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden is known for his unexpected and quirky comments, but this Thanksgiving he's serious when discussing what he is thankful for.
"I'm thankful for my personal relationship with the President. There's a real friendship between us, and I have a great deal of respect for him," Biden said in an essay published for Time.com's special feature "TIME for Thanks."
Biden acknowledges that the President's decision to choose him as his Vice President has not only afforded him "to do something that matters," but has given his family the privilege to share in the experience as well.
His statements come only weeks after it was revealed that Obama campaign advisers considered replacing Biden with then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the 2012 ticket.
The allegation was raised in a new book "Double Down: Game Change 2012" by longtime political journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, who claim the idea was dropped after aides decided there was no political advantage in the switch.
In a recent interview with NBC's Chuck Todd, President Obama said he was unaware Clinton was under consideration for the vice presidency during the 2012 campaign.
"If they had asked me, I would've said that there is no way that I'm not running again with Joe Biden because I genuinely believe that he has been one of the best Vice Presidents in our history," Obama said.
"He also happens to be a friend. He also happens to be one of my most important advisers on domestic and foreign policy. I like him. When my back's up against the wall, he has my back."