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Top Obama adviser on Biden ‘best friend’ claim: ‘This is a joke, right?’

Washington Examiner [1]
June 10, 2019

A former senior adviser to President Barack Obama was among those who ridiculed Joe Biden on Sunday, after the former vice president celebrated his friendship with Obama by tweeting an image of a friendship bracelet.

“Happy #BestFriendsDay to my friend, @BarackObama,” Biden wrote.

“This is a joke, right?” David Axelrod tweeted in response to Biden’s original tweet, which many claimed [2] was Biden’s forced attempt to associate himself with the former president.

Biden claimed in his memoirs [4] that Obama repeatedly discouraged from running in 2016, believing that Biden’s entrance into the race would unnecessarily “rock the boat.”

“In January 2015 the president was convinced I could not beat Hillary, and he worried that a long primary fight would split the party and leave the Democratic nominee vulnerable in the general election,” Biden wrote.

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