The Washington Times - April 17, 2013, 09:02AM

Mindful that Vice President Joseph R. Biden is eyeing the presidency in 2016, President Obama declined a chance Wednesday to endorse Hillary Rodham Clinton for president.

“I think we’re very far away from that,” Mr. Obama said on NBC’s “Today” show when asked if he hopes Mrs. Clinton will run. “She’s earned a rest. I know that she’s going to be able, whatever she does, to continue to be a leader and an incredibly positive force for the causes I care about and that she cares about all around the world.”


Mr. Obama said he misses Mrs. Clinton in his administration. She resigned as secretary of state at the start of Mr. Obama’s second term and was replaced by former Sen. John F. Kerry.

“I think she was an extraordinary secretary of state,” Mr. Obama said. “She became not only a great partner for me in foreign policy, but a good friend.”

Mr. Biden is known to be laying the groundwork for a presidential bid in 2016, although he hasn’t formally announced his intentions.