Thursday, October 14, 2010

Gibbs, Biden: Obama spends next to no time/some time thinking about 2012

"I tell you what, there’s real trust, that’s why [the President] asked me to run again. Look, he said, ‘We’re going to run together, are you going to run?’ I said, ‘Of course, you want me to run with you, I’m happy to run with you.’... It’s just been self-evident, the way he talks with staff. The way he talks: ‘When we go into this second term, Joe’s going to have to do blah blah blah.’ It works, I trust him. He trusts me.’ ”
Vice President Joe Biden, in an interview with the New York Times, October 12, 2010, confirming that the President had asked him to be his running mate again in 2012 and had also conversed with staff members about Biden's future role during the second term of his Presidency

"I think the president, if he were here, would tell you that he spends next to no time thinking about his reelection in 2012 and spends his time with his team here working on how to strengthen our economic recovery."
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, during a press briefing briefing, September 21, 2010

“If he has, he hasn’t told me."
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, during a press briefing - October 14, 2010 - responding to a reporter's question about whether the President has begun contemplating his reelection in 2012

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