The least shocking thing that happened Thursday was former Vice President Joe Biden formally leaping into the crowded pool of Democrats operating for president subsequent yr. What got here subsequent was less anticipated: his one-time boss former President Barack Obama not coming out with a full-throated endorsement. Why? The straightforward answer: It’s difficult.
It’s not a provided that Obama backers are going to routinely leap on the Biden practice both. As we discovered this week, deep-pocketed Chicagoans who helped bankroll Obama’s 2008 and 2012 elections are lining up behind South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg — they usually’re not budging.
Prepare dinner County Board President Toni Preckwinkle returned to her job in earnest Thursday, presiding over her first County Board meeting since dropping the Chicago mayor’s race. But a few of the controversy from the marketing campaign continues to be casting an extended shadow. Whereas she had stated she returned each nickel from a fundraiser at embattled Ald. Edward Burke’s house, she now admits that cash might not have truly returned to those supporters’ deep pockets. Chicago Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot, who trounced Preckwinkle in the election, blasted Preckwinkle over the newest twist.
And Chicago has tsunamis — once in awhile. In case the twister season and winter’s menace of blizzards and polar vortexes weren’t sufficient to maintain issues exciting.
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Will Biden really feel the Obama-Chicago love?
Lovefest — however no real answer: I reached out to Obama’s employees to seek out out whether or not he’ll be endorsing Biden and received a non-reply: “President Obama has lengthy stated that choosing Joe Biden as his operating mate in 2008 was probably the greatest selections he ever made. He relied on the Vice President’s information, insight, and judgment throughout each campaigns and your complete presidency. The two cast a special bond during the last 10 years and remain shut right now,” Obama spokeswoman Katie Hill stated in a press release.
On the identical web page: From the surface, it appears that evidently Obama and Biden ironed out the message here. A minimum of one individual conversant in the president’s considering however didn’t need to go on the report stated the previous president is enthusiastic concerning the numerous talent within the Democratic area of candidates. Obama also believes that a vigorous main in 2007 and 2008 not solely made him a greater candidate but in addition a greater president. So he’s going to take a seat back and let the candidates make their instances to the voting public. And then later within the day, the previous vice chairman informed reporters in Delaware, “I asked President Obama not to endorse. Whoever wins this nomination should win it on their very own…