FILE -- Vice President Joe Biden listens to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, Feb. 4, 2010. Biden and Clinton's friendship is being tested anew, as curiosity grows about their possible presidential candidacies for 2016, and Biden finds himself once again frustratingly eclipsed by the former first lady. (Luke Sharrett/The New York Times)
By all accounts, Vice President Joe Biden and Hillary Rodham Clinton have enjoyed a genuine friendship starting in Bill Clinton’s administration, with shared Amtrak rides when they were in the Senate and, during Obama’s first term, Saturday-morning phone calls that Biden sometimes ended with “I love you, darling.”
But their relationship has been shaped by awkwardness and slights, that Biden and his advisers have felt as Clinton attracted outsize attention and influence. Now their friendship is being tested anew, as curiosity grows about their possible presidential candidacies.
Biden’s advisers grow easily exasperated about the subject and wonder how a sitting vice president who has been highly engaged in the administration can be so easily overlooked in the presidential discussion.
Aides say they cannot imagine a situation in which Biden would run against Clinton. But Biden, 70, is sending signals that he wants to be taken seriously in the 2016 conversation. A former administration official aide agreed, saying, “He needs to make people think he has skin in the game in the future so that they treat him relevant now.”
New York Times