posted on Feb, 19 2009 @ 04:02 PM
Hopefully I am not the only person who has noticed this. Does anyone ever recall an American vice president who's been seen as frequently with the
president as Joe Biden has been? I can scarcely remember seeing Reagan/Bush, Bush/Quayle, Clinton/Gore, or Bush/Cheney ever being seen in the same
room together outside of State of the Union addresses and the occasional state function, yet Obama/Biden seem to be together constantly. Every time I
have seen Obama on TV since the innaguration, Biden has been standing behind and slightly right of Obama. Even when Obama signed his little bill on
Tuesday in Denver, there was Biden peeking over his shoulder and smiling smugly.
I can only think of a handfull of reasons for this, some pretty sinister...
1. It's a mental/perceptual manipulation by the White House of, whatever Obama is doing, Biden stands behind him on it.
2. Obama doesn't trust Biden to keep himself out of trouble or keep a guage on his mouth, so he keeps him close by at all times.
3. Biden wields more power than we think he does and is the brains behind Obama's fancy mouthpiece.
4. It makes it easier to move someone up multiple rungs of the ladder of presidential succession at once in the wake of a major incident.
5. The two just really, really enjoy each other's company.
Seriously though, can anyone recall this happening with previous presidents? I was on the belief that with only a handfull of exceptions, they
weren't even supposed to be in the same place outside the White House, congress, or the capitol together in case of an attack, making it less likely
both would be lost.