White House press secretary Jen Psaki let slip when asked by a reporter what the status of Biden’s relationship was with former president Barack Obama.
She said that the two “consult and talk about… issues,” adding that she expects their collegiate friendship to continue “through the course of… Biden’s presidency.”
Biden’s close ties with Obama is hardly a secret, as he called on him for public support during the last weeks of the election campaign.
Psaki declined questions about exactly how much Obama is involved in the White House today, instead simply offering that Obama and the president “keep in regular touch.”
Biden has also brought back several members of the Obama era cabinet to the cabinet, such as chief of staff Ron Klain, U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
Despite Biden and Obama’s long friendship, Obama seemed reluctant to offer support to Biden’s presidential campaign bid until the last minute. He only offered public support of Biden once it became apparent that Biden was the only Democrat left standing in the race.
In the days since his election, Biden has signed two executive orders expanding Obama’s pet project, the Affordable Care Act.
Now that Biden has obtained the seat of POTUS, Obama is more than happy to resume their good-ol’-pal relationship.
Author: Sarah Rogers