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

Biden: Obama has kept his word on consulting vice president

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/06/14/art.bidenbo0614.gi.jpg caption="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. David in San Diego

    Da Bird–Your taxes haven't gone up one cent because of this administration. You are swallowing the talk radio kool aid. Don't you know that can kill you?

    June 14, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  2. WIlly Brown

    Just think. In about 3 1/2 years we can vote out Joe and his boss too!

    June 14, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  3. Shepard

    A picture tells a thousand words. The commander in chief looks likes an astute, well fed, fully-mained lion while Biden looks like an agry buffalo in heat. Both are to be revered.

    June 14, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  4. Andi

    Can we just quit the anger bit? It's getting REALLY old. If you don't like a decision the President makes or is thinking of making, get in touch with your elected officials and let them know what you think and give them any ideas you have. Quit waiting for them to come up with something if you don't like what's offered. This is America – start acting like it.

    June 14, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  5. Steve

    So, you right wingers who hate Biden: you preferred the war criminal?

    June 14, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  6. Candy Wilson

    I feel the president's biggest problem is he is way ahead of his time.. And people cannot deal with that... I think his health care proposals are brilliant.. And I worked in health care for 30 yrs....It needs TIME to reverse....I do not agree with government control though either.. But I understand this to be a temporary thing.....In a lot of his decisions..Homeland Security surely hit the nail on the head...There seems to be a tremendous "undertow" also coming from Fox news.. What is this Fox Nation.com? Now That's scary! I feel we can as a country can not get any work done with things like that being pushed....

    June 14, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  7. EducatedCanadian

    Is there a single republican who isn't a bible thumper?
    Fear, God, and Fox news seem to go hand in hand. After they throw out the word socialist, you always see something about God. It's hilarious.. Keep watching Hannity and O'reilly, your not being braid-washed by fear at all ;). The fact is, BUSH and friends created the defecit and screwed the economy, Obama is stuck with it and has to fix it. So, stop blaming Obama for the economy. And yes, he is spending but he's also investing. And Joe Biden obviously has a brain, read his biography.. the man is highly accomplished and has tons of experience, grab a clue republicans.

    June 14, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  8. Ken

    Biden must think that he is so important and that Obama cannot do anything without his input. I think that Biden will do and say whatever Obama wants him to say!

    Both he and Obama are taken us way deeper into debt and it looks that there is no way back.

    They are like "Mutt and Jeff"!

    June 14, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  9. Peter E

    Is that really such a good thing? Obama campaigned during the primaries on making a break with the 'old' democrats and their regressive ideas. Instead, we got Obama who kisses up to old democrats, compromises all his promises away, and is lead around by Nancy Pelosi,. Ted Kennedy, and Harry Reid! He's not a leader!

    June 14, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  10. Limbaugh is a Liberal

    I would ask Joe Biden too for his opinion because I sure could use a laugh once in a while. This guy is almost as bad as Dan Quayle!

    June 14, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  11. mother and sister of a soldier

    Biden the best of minds, please. It doesn't make me feel any safer or confident in our White House. Neither has the experience/exposure to the relavent committees while in Senate and will be dangerous to this country at a very vulnerable time. God help us and may the next president be able to undo the damage these 4 years will create.

    June 14, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  12. Annie

    Champly, I'm a producer and an Obama supporter. Kind of blows your ignorant theory of lumping everyone you hate together, doesn't it? Typical. May I suggest you lump us all together as Americans who have much to lose if we don't start caring for each other.

    June 14, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  13. Notfooled

    I guarantee Palin would never had been consulted about anything!!!

    June 14, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  14. willardbulloack

    Iwill not trust to obama and vice presdient that im belived that obama barack have problems things so he will not great
    His presdient thanks you

    June 14, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  15. Hayden

    "I think he respects my opinion," – he doesn't sound exactly sure about that. That is like saying, "I think Obama respects the Constitution."

    June 14, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  16. Larry

    Hate to tell you Dave, but your pain and suffering is going to go on much longer than just 3 1/2 years....much longer.

    June 14, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  17. Pragmatic

    "So he consults with more experienced politicians before making decisions..."

    Yes, which is what intelligent people do ... unlike" the decider" who talked to God before invading Iraq ... no record of what God told him.

    Notice the anti-President Obama cadre are so limited in their ability that all they do is parrot words and ideas they heard from rush? Tired old phrases that convince no one...

    June 14, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  18. Gail

    Joe is a laughing joke to the White House... just adds more to how stupid the American people has come...

    June 14, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  19. T-man


    Joe Biden will not be on the ticket in 2012. He has an over valued opinion of himself. He will be replaced by Hillary Clinton.

    June 14, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  20. Amina

    Thin is in: I find it funny how you call democrats stupid when you can't even type out a grammatically correct sentence. Your logic is just as ignorant as your grasp of English.

    June 14, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  21. Pat, CA

    Now we now why things are the mess they are - Biden is Obama's "important consultant and confidante."

    June 14, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
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