— Ken Thomas (@KThomasDC) December 28, 2019
‘If he’d take it, yes’
The New York Times’ Thomas Kaplan also said Biden mentioned wanting to appoint Obama to the nation’s highest court.
“Biden, in Washington, Iowa, is asked if he would nominate Obama to the Supreme Court. ‘If he’d take it, yes,’ Biden says,” he wrote.
Biden, in Washington, Iowa, is asked if he would nominate Obama to the Supreme Court. "If he'd take it, yes," Biden says.
— Thomas Kaplan (@thomaskaplan) December 28, 2019
Obama’s Law Background
Obama is a former lawyer, but gave that career up after becoming president.
“President Obama graduated from Harvard Law School in 1991 and was admitted as a lawyer by the Supreme Court of Illinois on Dec. 17, 1991,” FactCheck.org reports. “Prior to being elected to the Illinois state Senate in 1996, he worked as a civil rights lawyer at the firm formerly known as Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland. Four days after Obama announced that he would run for president in February 2007, he voluntarily elected to have his law license placed on ‘inactive’ status, according to Grogan. Then, after becoming president, he elected to change his status to ‘retired’ in February 2009.”
When Biden announced he would be running for the Democratic presidential nomination in April, Obama spokeswoman Katie Hill issued a statement.
“President Obama has long said that selecting Joe Biden as his running mate in 2008 was one of the best decisions he ever made,” the statement said. “He relied on the Vice President’s knowledge, insight, and judgment throughout both campaigns and the entire presidency. The two forged a special bond over the last 10 years and remain close today.”
Still, Obama’s statement was missing an endorsement.
Why Hasn’t Obama Endorsed Biden?
Biden claims he has personally asked Obama not to endorse him at this juncture.
“I asked President Obama not to endorse, and he doesn’t want to. Listen, we should — whoever wins this nomination should win it on their own merits,” Biden told reporters.
The return of President Taft: https://t.co/jhiqR5hpM7
— Phillip Nieto (@nieto_phillip) December 29, 2019
In June, President Trump said it’s “rather a big secret” why Obama hasn’t come out and endorsed Biden.
“How he doesn’t get President Obama to endorse him — there has to be some reason why he’s not endorsing him,” Trump said.
“He was the vice president. They seem to have gotten along. And how President Obama’s not endorsing him is rather a big secret,” Trump continued. “Then he goes and lies and said, ‘I asked the president not to endorse me.’
“Give me a break,” the president concluded.
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