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Friday
May102013

Biden Says He and Obama Are Extremely Close

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(NEW YORK) -- Joe Biden sat for a wide-ranging interview published in the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine in which the vice president answered questions on a variety of domestic and international issues while speaking candidly about his close relationship with President Obama.

Indeed, it might be Biden’s openness about his business and personal dealings with the president that garners most of the attention.

Biden says that he and his boss see eye-to-eye on virtually all issues and that when the two are together in Washington, he’ll spend “four-to-five hours a day with him, every single day" while attending all policy meetings.

It’s because of this deep friendship that Biden says he feels comfortable speaking for Obama.  When Biden caught flack last year for asserting his support for same-sex marriage before the president had done so, Biden said Obama told him, “’Well, Joe, God love you, you say what you think.’  I knew he agreed with me.”

But it’s not all business.  Biden tells Rolling Stone that he and the president will devote time each day just to chat about anything, including their wives and families.  Conceding their styles are different, Biden nevertheless says they’re always on the same page.

Meanwhile, Rolling Stone interviewer Doug Brinkley speculates that if Biden decides to run for president in 2016, which may be dependent on whether Hillary Clinton gets into the race, he’ll run on Obama’s record, suggesting that's why Biden has formed such a close bond with the president.

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