Obama makes nod to those who would succeed him at White House
February 23rd, 2014
07:48 PM ET
7 years ago

Obama makes nod to those who would succeed him at White House

Washington (CNN) – When President Barack Obama hosted the nation's governors at the White House on Sunday night, he made a sly nod to those in the crowd eyeing his job.

"Tonight we want to make sure all of you make yourselves at home," Obama said. "To which some of you are thinking, 'That's been the plan all along.' "

Among the potential 2016 hopefuls in the State Dining Room on Sunday were Rick Perry of Texas, who failed to nab the 2012 GOP presidential nomination; Indiana Republican Mike Pence, who said earlier on CNN he hadn't yet thought about running; and Maryland's Martin O'Malley, a Democrat who says he's considering a run.

Vice President Joe Biden, himself considering a run for the top job, also attended the black tie affair. On one side of the Vice President sat Wisconsin's GOP governor, Scott Walker, another potential candidate. On Biden's other side was Democrat Deval Patrick of Massachusetts, who told Politico on Sunday he was also open to an Oval Office bid.

Biden's wife Jill and first lady Michelle Obama were both in attendance. The governors and administration officials were treated to a four-course meal of tuna tartare, arugula salad, steak filets with crab ravioli, and lemon custard.

One of the top GOP hopefuls, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, wasn't in Washington for the dinner, opting to return to the Garden State for his daughter's birthday.

During his toast, Obama used a quote to illustrate the importance of the nation's governors.

"Keep in mind, a wise man once wrote, 'I'm more than contented to be governor and shall not care if I never hold another office,' " Obama said.

The author: the nation's 26th president, Teddy Roosevelt.

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    Yes, on Hillary16.

    February 23, 2014 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  2. Chris-E...al

    0h 0bama ? He made a nod . And it didnt cost but 4 mil bucks .Well party PPl . lets see what kinda m0ves you got ? com on 2 da lef 2 da rit .0bama inda hooouse !!

    February 23, 2014 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  3. rockymtnrebl

    I hold president Obama with the greatest of esteem. Truly an American leader.

    February 24, 2014 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  4. J.V.Hodgson

    As far as the Republican house and Senate is concerned especially the tea party elements thereof regarding the best interests of the so called united states; which I regret to observe are more disunited than before the civil war.
    The only viable comment to Republicans all shades is:-
    "You can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time , but not all of the people all of the time".
    Where will this be proved? in the 2014 mid term elections.

    February 24, 2014 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  5. Thomas

    President Obama shouldn't have given Ambassadorships to his big financial donors .

    He definitely sold out to favoritism over credibility .

    And I think Hillary will do more of the same . Yet the GOP will be even worse .

    February 24, 2014 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  6. salty dog

    These gop governors are a joke, their all liars and crooks, Christie included. Scott, Snyder, Walker, all horrible governers, corrupt to the core, all Koch brothers puppets. Watched moyers last night, sickening politicians will destroy our country soon. Oh yeah, the guy who found billions years old piece of earth is just a lying Democrat, we all know the earth is only six thousand years old, too funny. Mr. Ham looked like an idiot explaining his theory, the gop are all the same, refuse reality when it doesn't fit their need.

    February 24, 2014 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  7. Steve Kaplan

    Unless republicans get rid of the tea party, there will not be a republican president for generations! There is no republican that can beat Clinton!

    February 24, 2014 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  8. just saying

    can obama just resign and let one of the governors take over? it would be better than wasting another 3 years with this failure at the helm.

    February 24, 2014 07:43 am at 7:43 am |