- The Washington Times - Monday, July 21, 2014

President Obama said he couldn’t really understand why Vice President Joseph R. Biden — or former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, for that matter — would want to undertake the “undignifying process” of running for president in 2016.

But if Mr. Biden did, he would be great, Mr. Obama said, seeming to give his stamp of approval to his vice president, over his former Secretary of State, in The New Yorker.

“I think that, for both Joe and for Hillary, they’ve already accomplished an awful lot in this lives. The question is, do they, at this phase in their lives, want to go through the pretty undignifying process of running all over again,” he said, Politico reported, citing the magazine interview.

Mr. Obama noted Mr. Biden, however, as “extremely loyal,” and said he would make a great White House candidate.

Mr. Obama’s statement, Politico reported: “I think Joe would be a superb president. He has seen the job up close, he knows what the job entails. He understand how to separate what’s really important from what’s less important. I think he’s got great people skills. He enjoys politics, and he’s got important relationships up on the Hill that would serve him well. … He continues to be extraordinarily loyal.”

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