- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 12, 2010

During the 2008 presidential campaign, Sen. Barack Obama grew so annoyed with his running mate that he barred Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. from the campaign’s nightly strategy call, according to a new insider account of the race.

Several times, the campaign was forced to play defense in explaining remarks by Mr. Biden, who already had a long history of verbal gaffes, one that continued onto the campaign trail. Mr. Obama reached a breaking point when Mr. Biden declared that, within six months of taking office, the new president would be “tested” by an international crisis.

“How many times is Biden gonna say something stupid?” Mr. Obama angrily asked campaign aides, according to “Game Change,” a book written by political journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann.

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