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Even as Vice President, Biden Keeps “Biden for President Inc.” Open to Tidy Up Loose Ends

January 23, 2009

Joe Biden ended his own presidential bid after coming in fifth in the Iowa caucuses more than a year ago. But his presidential campaign lived on — and continued receiving taxpayer money — well after he was elected vice president.

The vice president is not gearing up to challenge President Barack Obama in the 2012 Democratic primaries, though. Rather, he’s keeping his committee, Biden for President Inc., open to tidy up loose ends in preparation for a mandatory federal audit, which could become expensive to defend.

So, Biden continued requesting federal funds for his campaign — through the so-called primary matching funds program — for months after he was tapped to be Obama’s running mate.

By Kenneth P. Vogel
Politico

Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill dance at the Commander-In-Chief ... 

In all, Biden’s campaign received more than $2 million through the program, which matches private contributions with taxpayer money. He requested more than $37,000 in matching funds after he joined the Democratic ticket, including a final payment of $2,275 which came just last week.

The trickle of payments and upkeep of the committee, which continues to pay consultants’ bills and rent office space in Delaware, creates odd optics, but is not uncommon in the quirky world of campaign finance. The situation results from arcane federal election laws that require many campaign committees to stay open — and keep a cash reserve — for months, or even years after an election to balance their books….

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/200
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Joe Biden You Rascal: You Got Your Dream Job With Limited Risk, Accountability

January 20, 2009

Joe Biden was first offered the job of Secretary of State, his wife said yesterday.

Either by contrived intent or grand accident of  history (and in this case maybe “his story”  of Joe Biden)  Jill Biden said on “Oprah” yesterday, “Joe had the choice to be secretary of state or vice president.”

Her husband, the Vice President-elect,  “shushed” her.

Oprah, and the audience, chuckled.  The Vice President-elect then blushed, grimaced awkwardly and eventually gave his wife a hug, saying: “That’s right … go ahead.”

Her husband turned to his wife with his finger to his lips and a “Shhhh!” that sent the audience into laughter. Left, Jill Biden with Oprah (R) and the Vice President elect.

This may have been a true “gotcha” moment and it may have been contrived for TV; but why anyone would do that is beyond me.

Joe Biden has never had a real job of weight, character testing, decisions and life or death, and  gravitas.  He has always been the Senator from the smallest state in America, Delaware.

Nothing against Joe Biden, a great guy by most accounts, and nothing against Delaware.

But Joe Biden was a Senator in the 1970s just after I came here and he never left.

He rose to be Chariman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and ran for President in his own right twice as we recall; losing out in the early going both times.

And he said a ton of stupid things along the way….

You’d think his charmanship of the prestigious Foreign Relations Committee would make him the perfect Secretary of  State but maybe not: that job requires one to actually meet, impress and persuade people like Olmert of Israel and Ahmadinejad of Iran.

A woman named Hillary got the meaty job. 

President-elect Obama named Joe Biden head of the “White House Task Force on Working Families”…. a title never before used and one where his foreign relations “expertise” probably won’t get into his way….

Joe Biden has pretty much stopped impressing people outside Delaware…

And then there is all this talk about a “lesser” role for the vice president.

Vice President-elect Joe Biden will chair a new task force aimed at helping working families.

Above: Former Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Vice President-elect Joe Biden, will chair a new task force aimed at helping working families. He’ll have a “lesser role” than Dick Cheney, Obama spokesmen say.

A spokeswoman for the Vice President-elect said “Biden had no intention of continuing the practice started by Vice President Cheney of regularly attending internal legislative branch meetings — he firmly believes in restoring the Office of the Vice President to its historical role.”

Let’s be honest, children.  The traditional and historical role of the Vice President of the Uited Sates is to stand in the corner, go to funerals the president doesn’t want to attend and await the death of his boss.

John Nance Garner said while he was vice president that the job “wasn’t worth a bucket of warm piss.”

That’s the traditional “lesser” role of the vice president.

And the office of Vice President is mostly “no risk” except “God forbid” …..

Our prayers and wishes go to Joe Biden.  But biggest prayer to Barack Obama.

By John E. Carey
Wakefield Chapel, Virginia

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 Obama’s New Vision for Vice President Joe Biden
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Biden Off Mic: “Gimme a f*&$#ing break”
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090
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Biden Chairing Economic Transition Meeting

December 23, 2008

Vice President-elect Joe Biden is on center stage today as his boss is at a much deserved rest in Hawaii….   Biden is chairing an economic transition team meeting….Biden is now defining his role day by day….

Vice President-elect Joe Biden, right, listens as President-elect ... 
Vice President-elect Joe Biden, right, listens as President-elect Barack Obama’s National Economic Council director Lawrence Summers, left, speaks during a meeting in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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Vice President-elect Joe Biden will chair a meeting of the presidential transition team’s top economic advisers on Tuesday, as the incoming administration tries to craft and sell an expected $775 billion economic recovery package to Congress, CNN learned.

By Ed Henry at CNN
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Two Democratic officials told CNN the meeting at the Washington transition headquarters will include Lawrence Summers, President-elect Barack Obama’s pick to chair the National Economic Council — a key policymaking arm within the White House that will formulate the new administration’s financial crisis response.

Biden’s prominent position as chair suggests he will take a leading role in trying to pass the stimulus package. His low profile in recent days had sparked speculation he would be sidelined in the new administration, especially since his strongest asset — foreign policy — will be largely handled by Secretary of State-designate Hillary Clinton.

During the presidential campaign, Biden said he was not seeking any specific task, and would not cut as wide a swath as Vice President Dick Cheney. During a debate, Biden said he would focus as vice president on using his four decades of U.S. Senate experience to help Obama move legislation through Congress.

Read the rest:
http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/12/2
2/biden.economy/index.html

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 Obama: “Arbiter in Chief”

Who Should Be Angry With Obama?

December 23, 2008

O.K. it is still early in the Obama Administration — in fact we haven’t yet seen a swearing in.  Yet there have been plenty of appointments and pronouncements.

So who should be angry with Barack Obama thus far? 

Feminists, gays, liberals, opponents of the war, and Joe Biden, to name a few, should be fuming at the President-elect.

Some women say Obama has passed up a golden opportunity to place more seasoned and highly qualified women in his administration.

“When you are looking at a Cabinet and you have such a small number of women in the room when the big decisions are being made, there need to be a lot more women’s voices in this administration,” said Kim Gandy, president of the National Organization for Women. 

Bill Clinton and President Bush each had a comparable number of women in their first Cabinets, but women’s groups say they hoped for and expected more from President-elect Barack Obama.  

Some gays are unhappy too: the naming of Rick Warren to give the opening prayer at the Obama inauguration is seen as a slap in the face.

“Warren doesn’t just oppose gay marriage, he’s compared it to incest and pedophilia. He doesn’t just want to ban abortion, he’s compared women who terminate pregnancies to Nazis and the pro-choice position to Holocaust denial,” wrote Katha Pollitt  in the Los Angeles Times.

On the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Barack Obama has not yet gained the confidence of many who wanted America out of war right away.

In fact, Obama has retained the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a host of Pentagon political appointees (see today’s Washington Times).

Defense Secretary Robert Gates holds a press briefing at the ...
Staying at the Pentagon: Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and many others.
(AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson)

Obama seems no closer to a military withdrawal in Iraq than George Bush and he has already launched plans for 30,000 more U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Liberals say Obama is missing the message of the election by keeping the Pentagon team in place and “floating” the name of John Brennan as a possible nominee to head the CIA. 

Liberals believe the likes of Brennan are partly to blame for the world-wide loss of respect for America due to torture and other sins.

In this Sept. 21,2004 file photo, John Brennan gestures during ... 
John Brennan. AP Photo Lawrence Jackson

Finally, Joe Biden has reason to be angry at Barack Obama.  Joe Biden is the former Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  And yet, President-elect Obama named him head of the White House Jobs Program this last weekend (“White House Task Force on Working Families”).

And there has been a lot of talk about a “lesser” role for the vice president.

Vice President-elect Joe Biden will chair a new task force aimed at helping working families.

Above: Former Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Vice President-elect Joe Biden, will chair a new task force aimed at helping working families. He’ll have a “lesser role” than Dick Cheney, Obama spokesmen say.

A spokeswoman for the Vice President-elect said “Biden had no intention of continuing the practice started by Vice President Cheney of regularly attending internal legislative branch meetings — he firmly believes in restoring the Office of the Vice President to its historical role.”

Let’s be honest, children.  The traditional role of the Vice President of the Uited Sates is to stand in the corner, go to funerals the president doesn’t want to attend and await the death of his boss.

John Nance Garner said while he was vice president that the job “wasn’t worth a bucket of warm piss.”

That’s the traditional “lesser” role of the vice president.

By John E. Carey
Wakefield Chapel, Virginia

Realted:
http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/12/22/
women.cabinet/index.html

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http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/12/19
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Obama Retains Top Tier of Pentagon Political Appointees
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/dec
/22/obama-wants-bush-war-team-stay/

Rick Warren is an Insulting Choice
http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oe-
pollitt22-2008dec22,0,4243781.story

Biden Promises to be a Different Vice President
http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/12/
22/biden.lkl/index.html

Gay Congressman Says Obama Made A Mistake on Pastor
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Biden: “Working Families Czar”
http://atimetochoose.wordpress.com/2008/12/21/bide
n-working-families-czar-how-appropriate/

 Obama: “Arbiter in Chief”

Obama’s New Vision for Vice President Joe Biden
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Bloggers Rule! Obama CIA Pick Torpedoed
(The story of John Brennan)
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Biden:
http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/1
2/22/biden.economy/index.html

Cheney Really Is Most Disliked, Poll Says: Implications For Executive Branch?

December 23, 2008

Most Americans do not approve of Dick Cheney as vice president.  But the bad news it that Barack Obama and Joe Biden are talking about a lesser role for the next Vice President and that may mean a lesser role for all future vice presidents.

Maybe the lesson should be that a guy like Cheney is never going to be popular in the polls — and maybe that is all right.  Maybe even a good thing.

Said Keating Holland, CNN polling director, “The messenger may be getting in the way of the message.”

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom

Well maybe, just maybe, Cheney should never have been a messenger and should not be spinning the message.  The man cannot spin.  He really is that sure and unaware or uncaring (probably the later, the man is very aware) about what many others think — even what they think of him.

Part of Cheney’s problem, if it is that, is that he never wanted to be liked and he never watched opinion polls.  He told Chris Wallace of Fox News Sunday that he never watched the polls and concentrated on what he thought to be the “right thing.”

“I’m very comfortable with where we are and what we achieved substantively. And frankly, I would not want to be one of those guys who spends all his time reading the polls. I think people like that shouldn’t serve in these jobs,” Cheney said on “Fox News Sunday.”

A Fox News handout image shows US Vice President Dick Cheney ... 
A Fox News handout image shows US Vice President Dick Cheney (left) being interviewed by Mike Wallace in Washington, DC. Cheney has strongly defended controversial interrogations and surveillance operations in the US “war on terror,” while acknowledging he was not sure if terror mastermind Osama bin Laden was still alive.(AFP/HO Fox News/File)

But we are at war and in our constitutional system the executive branch is permitted greater scope and power during war — hundreds of Congressmen and Senators can’t even come up with an auto industry bailout let alone wage war.

So we have some regrets when we hear Barack Obama and Joe Biden talking about a diminished role for the Vice President…

I like Cheney’s use of the word “substantively.”  The Veep is not just a messenger to the media: he is the president’s “thinker in chief.”

Maybe we should allow the president to determine the value of the VEEP — not the polls.

Asked about Biden’s role as Vice President, Cheney said that he had heard that Biden was seeking a smaller role as Vice President but that “it will be President-elect Barack Obama’s choice to diminish the office of the Vice President”….

Sure.  Former Chaiman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Joe Biden will be busy with the White House Task Force on Working Families.

A spokeswoman for the vice-president-elect said “Biden had no intention of continuing the practice started by Vice President Cheney of regularly attending internal legislative branch meetings — he firmly believes in restoring the Office of the Vice President to its historical role.”

Maybe we are returing to the era of Vice President John Nance Garner who was quoted as saying his job was “not worth a bucket of warm spit.”

Or maybe future Vice Presidents will be more like dynamo Dan Quayle….

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A new national poll suggests that almost a quarter of Americans think that Dick Cheney is the worst vice president in American history.

Twenty-three percent of those questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday say that Cheney is the country’s worst vice president, when compared with his predecessors.

From Paul Steinhauser
CNN Deputy Political Director

An additional 41 percent feel that Cheney is a poor vice president, with 34 percent rating him a good number two.

Only one percent of those polled say that Cheney is the best vice president in U.S. history.

“On the Sunday talk shows, Cheney took on the job of making the affirmative case for the Bush legacy,” said Keating Holland, CNN polling director. “But the messenger may be getting in the way of the message.”

Cheney steps down as vice president January 20. He will be succeeded by Vice President-elect Joe Biden.

Vice President-elect Joe Biden listens as President-elect Barack ... 
Vice President-elect Joe Biden, in focus but in the shadow, listens as President-elect Barack Obama makes remarks.(AP Photo)

Read the rest:
http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/12/22/poll.cheney/index.html

Related:

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/12/22/biden.lkl/index.html

Joe Biden on the Role of Joe Biden

December 22, 2008

Joe Biden said:  I think that the role of the vice president is determined in large part by his relationship with the president and the circumstances that administration finds themselves in.

And so when Barack [Obama] asked me about what I expected in return for accepting, if I accepted, what — I said I want to be there when you make every critical decision you make. I want to be in the room.

Vice President-elect Joseph Biden says he was asked to submit his recommendations for Cabinet posts.

Vice President-elect Joseph Biden

….I’d like to be able to give my input….

I’ve been asked to submit my own recommendations. I’ve been there at the table with a small group of people when each of these Cabinet potential nominees have been debated.

….Barack and I in the campaign — once he chose me after the nomination, after the convention — have been pointing out that one of the reasons to draw down additional troops in Iraq beyond the necessity to do it on its own was we need to be able to deploy more troops immediately to Afghanistan to help stabilize it….

Listen to Biden on a host of topics:
From CNN:
http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/12/22/biden.lkl/index.html

Related:
Obama’s New Vision for Vice President Joe Biden
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Obama’s Artful Triangulation: “Arbiter in Chief”

Obama’s New Vision for Vice President Joe Biden

December 21, 2008

Vice President Joe Biden will be the new “White House Task Force on Working Families.”

Bravo to President-elect Barack Obama.

History tells us that the Vice President of the United States is not always as important as he seems to think….

Remember Dan Quayle?

Dan Quayle

President-elect Barack Obama will have to define the role of his Number Two.  He and Vice President-elect Joe Biden seem already to agree on one thing for sure: the Vice President in the Obama Administration will have a smaller role than Dick Cheney.

Cheney responded:  “President-elect Obama will decide what he wants in a vice president and apparently, from the way they’re talking about it, he does not expect him to have as consequential a role as I have had during my time.”

Vice President-elect Joe Biden listens as President-elect Barack ... 
Vice President-elect Joe Biden, in focus but in the shadow, listens as President-elect Barack Obama makes remarks.(AP Photo)

Biden says the move is toward a more historical and constitutional role for the vice president.

Biden cited Article I of the constitution as the source of the Vice President’s power and role.

But it is Article II deals with the Executive Branch of government.

Article I deals with the legislative branch.

Vice President-elect Joe Biden “teaches constitutional law” back in Delaware “but can’t keep the articles of the constitution straight,” said Vice President Dick Cheney on Fox News Sunday.

With two wars boiling, the economy is its worst shape since the Great Depression and the former Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at his side one might think Obama would put Biden to the plow.

And Obama ha done just that.  Joe Biden will chair The White House Task Force on Working Families.

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Joe Biden – AP

But it is certain, Obama aides say: Biden will be smaller in stature than Cheney.

Auto Bailout

In an interview with Chris Wallace on Fox this past Sunday, Cheney also said that Congress had a chance to act on the bailout of the auto industry “and failed.” 

“They had ample opportunity to deal with this issue and failed,” Cheney said in an exclusive interview with FOX News Sunday host Chris Wallace. “The President had no choice but to step in.”

Democrats in Congress disagreed.

But Sen. George Voinovich, R-OH, who represents a large auto industry constituency in his home state, was first out of the gate with an e-mailed statement, saying he was “grateful” for the president’s action “to help thwart a disaster that would have sent our state over the cliff.”

Asked about Biden’s role as Vice President, Cheney said that he had heard that Biden was seeking a smaller role as Vice President but that “it will be President-elect Barack Obama’s choice to diminish the office of the Vice President”….

Sure.  Joe Biden will be busy with the White House Task Force on Working Families.

A spokeswoman for the vice-president-elect said “Biden had no intention of continuing the practice started by Vice President Cheney of regularly attending internal legislative branch meetings — he firmly believes in restoring the Office of the Vice President to its historical role.”

Maybe we are returing to the era of Vice President John Nance Garner who was quoted as saying his job was “not worth a bucket of warm spit.”

Garner once described a writer who quoted it this way as a “pantywaist.”

Garner apparetly used a word that began with a “p” and ended in “ss.”

John Nance Garner
John Nance Garner
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By John E. Carey

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Biden to oversee efforts aimed at middle class

Vice President Dick Cheney attends the unveiling of President George W. Bush's
AP – Vice President Dick Cheney

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From Politico
Outgoing Vice President Dick Cheney poked at Vice President-elect Joe Biden for muffing his constitutional facts on the campaign trail during a wide-ranging interview on “Fox News Sunday.”

Biden, who criticized Cheney for being the “most dangerous vice president” in American history, also has taken issue with Cheney’s expansion of the powers of the vice presidency.

The vice president-elect hasn’t, Cheney said, asked him for any advice.

Asked about Biden’s criticism, Cheney pointed out that Biden also said the powers and responsibilities of the executive branch are in Article One of the Constitution – and as a longtime chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and professor of constitutional law, should know that Article One applies to the legislative branch.

“I’d write that off as campaign rhetoric,” Cheney said.

He added: “If he wants to diminish the office of the vice president, that’s obviously his call. I think that President-elect Obama will decide what he wants in a vice president. And apparently from the way they’re talking about it, he does not expect him to have as consequential a role has I’ve had during my time.”

Host Chris Wallace also asked Cheney if he was bothered by his outgoing approval ratings – a dismal 29 percent.

“We didn’t set out to achieve the highest level of polls that we could during this administration,” Cheney said. “Eventually you wear out your welcome in this business.”

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Dialing back his predecessor’s expansive view of the office, Vice President-elect Joe Biden plans on “restoring the Office of the Vice President to its historical role” as adviser to the president and tie-breaker in the Senate, an aide to Biden said…..

See Politico:
http://www.politico.com/news/s
tories/1208/16261.html

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Biden has called Cheney “the most dangerous vice president we’ve had probably in American history.” Biden also has said he couldn’t name a single good thing that Cheney had done.

Cheney says he strongly disagrees with the idea that he dangerously expanded the powers of the executive branch. Cheney also says he doesn’t think Barack Obama will give Biden as consequential a role as Cheney has had under President George W. Bush.

See:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081221
/ap_on_go_pr_wh/cheney_biden_1

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Vice President Dick Cheney says it ultimately will be up to the new Obama administration to resolve the crisis in the U.S. auto industry.

Cheney says it’s a difficult problem and that President George W. Bush has done his best to manage it. It was just on Friday when Bush ordered an emergency bailout of the industry by offering $17.4 billion in loans. The aid comes with tough concessions from the carmakers and their workers.

Cheney notes that the Bush administration has less than a month left in power. He says the bailout is only a short-term plan and only goes so far. The vice president says it will be a problem that Barack Obama will have to deal with after he takes over on Jan. 20.

Cheney made the comments on “Fox News Sunday.”

–Associated Press

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Vice President Dick Cheney accused Congress of failing to help a dying U.S. auto industry, leaving President Bush no choice but to step in with billions of dollars in loans, he told FOX News on Friday. 

The vice president spoke with FOX News Sunday’s Chris Wallace, shortly after Bush announced that the federal government would offer $17.4 billion in rescue loans to automakers. 

Wallace said Cheney also took a newsworthy shot at his successor, Vice President-elect Joe Biden. The comments will air on FOX News Sunday. 

See:
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2008/12/19/ch
eney-white-house-offered-auto-loans-congress-failed-act/

Biden to oversee efforts aimed at middle class

December 21, 2008

In a lot of White House assignments in past administrations, the Vice President got the jobs the top man didn’t want and didn’t think too terribly important…

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Vice President-elect Joe Biden will oversee a task force that will make recommendations on how to build the ranks of the middle class, that ambiguously defined segment of society in which most Americans identify themselves.

Biden said the task force will include other Cabinet members and it will present President-elect Barack Obama with a package of proposals designed to ensure the middle class is “no longer being left behind.”

“We’ll look at everything from college affordability to after-school programs, the things that affect people’s daily lives,” Biden said during an interview to be broadcast Sunday on ABC’s “This Week”.

By KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press Writer

US Vice President Joe Biden gestures while US President Barack ... 
US Vice President Joe Biden gestures while US President Barack Obama signs an Executive Order in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building January 21 in Washington, DC.(AFP/Getty Images/Brendan Smialowski)
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Vice President-elect Joe Biden listens as President-elect Barack Obama makes remarks.(AP Photo)

Overseeing a task force has become tradition for vice presidents. Dick Cheney led a task force on energy. Al Gore had the task of reinventing government. George H.W. Bush, while serving as Ronald Reagan’s vice president, oversaw a task force charged with reducing government regulation. While all of those efforts resulted in some accomplishments, it’s also clear that the issues they confronted were so large and systemic that many could and did question the progress they made.

Biden said the measure of economic success in an Obama administration would be whether the middle class was growing. He said Obama planned to announce the formation of the task force later Sunday.

Even as he discussed the new job, Biden took care to define his role as vice president as going beyond a particular task. He said that when he discussed the job with Obama during the campaign, he told Obama he didn’t “want to be the guy that goes out and has a specific assignment.” Rather, he wanted to have a voice in every matter of importance.

“I said I want a commitment from you that in every important decision you’ll make, every critical decision, economic and political as well as foreign policy, I’ll get to be in the room,” Biden said.

He said that Obama agreed and has adhered to that commitment.

Related:
Joe Biden To Lead White House Task Force on Working Families

 Obama’s New Vision for Vice President Joe Biden

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081221
/ap_on_go_pr_wh/biden_middle_class

Biden Sees Vice President’s Role as ‘Adviser in Chief,’ Aides Say

December 6, 2008

Vice President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. sees his role in Barack Obama‘s administration as “adviser in chief,” using his decades of experience in the Senate to offer the president candid input on domestic and foreign policy issues, according to Biden aides.

Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. emerges from a voting booth in Wilmington, Del.

Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr.

But Biden, a twice-failed presidential candidate, will not use the post in a way many vice presidents have: to make a play for the Oval Office. He has said publicly that he does not intend to run for the presidency again.

Although Vice President Cheney has performed a similar role in the Bush administration, advising the president on key issues, meeting with congressional leaders and eschewing his own presidential run, Biden intends to operate differently. In the vice presidential debate last month, Biden called Cheney “the most dangerous vice president we’ve had probably in American history,” and he has criticized Cheney for excessive secrecy and holding too much power in the Bush White House.

“There will be cc’s and not bcc’s,” said Antony Blinken, a top Biden adviser, referring to the practice in the current administration in which Cheney aides receive e-mails on key matters, but without other recipients knowing the vice president’s staff is involved. “There is not going to be a shadow operation.”

Biden aides said the senator from Delaware does not intend to take on a defining issue, as Al Gore sought to do with his “reinventing government” initiative, which aimed to improve the efficiency of the federal bureaucracy. Biden’s team says such a project distracts from a vice president’s ability to serve as a general adviser to the president.

 

By Perry Bacon Jr.
Washington Post Staff Writer

Instead, they said, he is likely to take on special projects. They cited as an example Gore’s work in the Clinton administration in helping negotiate an agreement with the Russian government to stop it from selling weapons to Iran.

Read the rest:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11
/05/AR2008110500107.html?wprss=rss_politics%2Fadministration