Number Two

In his first interview since becoming Vice President, Joseph Biden told CBS News' Bob Schieffer on Face the Nation that he does not see his role to be "deputy president." Rather, the Vice President said he hopes to be a "confidant, advisor and essentially the last guy in the room when [President Obama] makes critical decisions."

Perhaps the Vice President should have read today's New York Times and the profile of Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel:

Mr. Emanuel initially resisted taking the job. He came around after Mr. Obama insisted, saying these were momentous times and that the awesome tasks he faced required Mr. Emanuel's help. The president-elect also assured Mr. Emanuel that the position would be the functional equivalent of "a No. 2" or "right-hand man," according to a person familiar with their exchanges.

So who is number two in the Obama Administration? My money is on Emanuel at the least in the short term though Biden may prove the more long-lived. Though, in truth, I sense that the Obama Administration will be much more broad based in its thinking and take a consensus building approach to decision-making. There seems to be a whole team of number twos.

Tags: rahm emanuel, Vice President Biden (all tags)

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11 Comments

Re: Number Two

Biden = number two in strategy

Rahm = number two in execution

by Trowaman 2009-01-25 08:13PM | 0 recs
Re: Number Two

Well put.

by Charles Lemos 2009-01-25 08:15PM | 0 recs
Biden had better

finally succeed at not making an ass of himself in public if he wants to be number two.  Obama looked ready to stab him when he made that quip about John Roberts's memory.

by JJE 2009-01-25 08:24PM | 0 recs
Re: Number Two

Michelle

by spacemanspiff 2009-01-25 09:16PM | 0 recs
Re: Number Two

The wheels won't turn to where Obama wants if there are so many hands trying to grab of the steering wheel. I hope this don't happen with the health insurance program.

by shieldon 2009-01-25 09:29PM | 0 recs
Obama did not pick Biden to be an adviser!

Biden is a constitutional number two nothing less nothing more. He has no serious role unless God forbid he becomes the president. President Obama needs no advise from Biden. For the time being he and his wife are providing "Comic relief". I rather laugh than cry.

by Joshuagen 2009-01-26 03:10AM | 0 recs
Biden was a means to an end.
Now that they made it, and in their attempt to return to Constitutional normalcy, I expect Biden to revert to the traditional vice presidential role of "funerals, inaugurations and good will ambassador at large".  And, it appears Biden will relish that role.
A key factor is that Biden will be too old to run for president in 8 years.
by kosnomore 2009-01-26 03:52AM | 0 recs
Re: Number Two

2 & 2A, if you ask me.  

by freedom78 2009-01-26 05:53AM | 0 recs
Re: Number Two

The choice of Biden is one of the few mistakes made by the Obama campaign, but it was a big one, in my opinion.  Biden is a blowbag and an egomaniac--check out his autobiography sometime--I dare you to read the whole thing.

Experienced, yes, but he is just not that bright compared to Sebelius, Kaine, Webb, etc., and never mind HRC. He cannot keep his mouth shut and he is an attention grabbing whore.

I am positive that as Obama sees more Joe up close that Joe will be one of the LEAST involved VPs of the last fifty years.  -

by Thaddeus 2009-01-26 07:53AM | 0 recs
Re: Number Two

"Who...does...Number Two...work...for??!!"

Sorry, had to.

by Scan 2009-01-26 12:26PM | 0 recs
Re: Number Two

The only thing nastier than actually being chosen as 'number two' is being judged to be unworthy of the honor.

by QTG 2009-01-29 03:08PM | 0 recs

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