Obama: If You Must Ask, No I’m Not Replacing Joe Biden

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October 19, 2010 11:52 am
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Put a fork in this one: Vice President Biden isn’t going anywhere. In a new interview with National Journal set to appear in the print edition next week, President Obama calls any speculation that Biden might be losing his gig as right hand man “completely unfounded.”

The idea of a Biden swap with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton led to a level of Washington bloviation and rumor mongering not seen since the Obamas were choosing a breed of puppy. The plan was first presented by Bob Woodward while on tour for his latest book release and quickly became the thing everyone on TV wanted to claim they heard about first.

Sadly, Obama threw cold water over the whole thing just as the tail-chasing was starting to get good.

Obama “bluntly dismissed,” the notion in the interview, National Journal‘s Ron Brownstein and Ron Fournier write.

“They are both doing outstanding jobs where they are,” Obama told the magazine.Before Obama got around to it, Clinton and Biden had already made it pretty clear the whole thing was just silly.

But hey, now we’ve got the trifecta. Bring on the “that’s not Shermanesque!” columns.

Read the National Journal piece here.

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