(DCWatchdog.com) – According to a new book, former President Barack Obama and President Joe Biden, who previously had a strong bond, have now been found in a tense situation.
According to the book, Obama is envious of his former vice president, and there are “complicated feelings.”
This is presented in Alexander Burns and Jonathan Martin’s new book, This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America’s Future.
“Nancy Pelosi, who spoke regularly with the former president, came away from her conversations with Obama during this period with a matter-of-fact diagnosis. She told a friend: ‘Obama is jealous of Biden,’” claim the book’s writers.
Obama and the president have “occasionally” talked during the Biden presidency, but those talks are “hardly the stuff of the tight brotherhood both men had sold to the country as a cheery political fable,” claims the book.
They also write about Obama being envious of Biden.
“I am confident that Barack is not happy with the coverage of this administration as more transformative than his,” Biden reportedly claimed, according to an advisor who spoke with the authors.
The book is set to be released next Tuesday.
Obama returned to the White House for the first time since 2017 during an event earlier in April. The two were friendly during the event, and White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stated that the two “talk regularly,” and theirs is not “a relationship of obligation.”
During the Obama administration, the two were viewed as very close.
Still, Obama did not endorse Biden until it was clear that he would win the Democratic nomination in 2020. At the time, Biden had said, “everyone knows I’m close with him” and “I don’t need an Obama endorsement,” Politico reported.
Still, speculation grew about the reasons for this lack of endorsement.
Obama, however, has always publicly backed Biden, even saying after endorsing him, “Choosing Joe to be my vice president was one of the best decisions I ever made, and he became a close friend.”
“And I believe Joe has all the qualities we need in a president right now,” Obama further noted. “He’s someone whose own life has taught him how to persevere; how to bounce back when you’ve been knocked down.”