(RepublicanInformer.com)- Jill Biden didn’t want her husband to run for the presidency again in 2004 because she thought he had been “burned” by his first run.
Ron Klain, who is now the White House chief of staff, tried to get him to run again.
Jill Biden said that all these men, and everyone applying pressure were primarily men, said he had to run, but she didn’t want any of it.
This recollection has been detailed in Jill: A Biography of the First Lady.
She said she didn’t know if she wanted Joe to do it again because she’d been burned.
Joe Biden ran for president in 1987. Then, he backed out because he was accused of stealing from Neil Kinnock, the leader of the British Labour Party.
After more than 15 years, Jill Biden talked about a meeting at the Bidens’ house in Delaware, where Joe Biden met Mark Gitenstein, a long-term adviser, and Klain was on the phone with them.
John Kerry was a favorite for the Democratic nomination to fight George W Bush. Party leaders thought Joe could run against the president in the general election, but not everyone agreed with them.
Jill Biden said many people tried to get Joe to run for office. It was always there. He knew that I didn’t like him running.
In Jill Biden’s autobiography, Where the Light Enters, which came out in 2019, she talks about “fuming” out by the pool while Klain and Gitenstein were meeting with her and her husband.
According to Jill Biden, she was able to cut the meeting short by writing “NO” on her stomach with a Sharpie pen and march[ing] through the room in her bikini.
“Of course, they got the message.”
Joe and Gitenstein did, at least. Klain was still on the speakerphone and didn’t know what had happened in the room, so he kept brainstorming.
Joe Biden ran for the White House again in 2008 with Jill’s help. He dropped out early because he couldn’t compete with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
It took eight years for him to become Obama’s vice president. Then, in 2020, he beat Donald Trump to become the oldest president ever sworn in.
Klain was chosen to lead the fight against Ebola in 2014, and he is still one of Joe Biden’s closest and most influential advisers. Last year, the New York Times said that “Republicans have been calling him Prime Minister Klain,” which Klain has said is not true.
Gitenstein, a lawyer who worked for the Senate judiciary committee when Biden was its chair, was Obama’s ambassador to Romania when he was in charge of the committee.
In 2020, he worked with Biden and is now the US ambassador to the EU.