The Washington Times - January 20, 2012, 04:57PM

President Obama feels deeply about the economic struggles of Americans even though he doesn’t “emote” often, Vice President Joseph Biden Jr. told supporters at a fundraiser in Los Angeles Friday.

Mr. Biden said the president is a private man who has “character traits that don’t lend themselves to 2012 national politics.” He said the media often asks him why Mr. Obama doesn’t “emote more.”

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“You’re backing the right guy,” Mr. Biden said at the fundraiser at the Beverly Wilshire hotel near upscale Rodeo Drive. “This guy knows what he believes. This guy is determined to get things done.” Mr. Obama, he said, “has a backbone like a rail rod.”

The vice president also said America is “on the verge of a renaissance, telling the crowd that China doesn’t provide real economic competition for the U.S. because America has a larger economy and Beijing faces a big challenge in adding jobs and funding entitlement programs.

“China ain’t a patch on our jeans,” he said.

Tickets to the fundraiser started at $1,000.