Obama infamously opted against endorsing Biden at the start of his campaign, something the former vice president has said was done at his behest.
“I asked President Obama not to endorse,” Biden said upon launching his campaign last April. “Whoever wins this nomination should win it on their own merits.”
However, reports indicate that Obama held off on the endorsement due to a host of concerns regarding Biden’s candidacy.
“You don’t have to do this, Joe, you really don’t,” Obama told Biden before the 76-year-old kicked off his campaign, according to the New York Times. The Times further reported that Obama met with top Biden aides last March to ensure that the former vice president does not “damage his legacy” or “embarrass himself.”