Joe Biden Jokes About Picking Michelle Obama As His Running Mate With Stephen Colbert
Biden even chaffed Michelle Obama, saying he'd name her as his running mate.
September 05, 2019 at 11:02 pm
Former Vice President Joe Biden appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and made two statements that made many Democratic voters' ears perk up. Biden, who has been viewed as the front-runner for much of the election cycle, joked about naming Michelle Obama as his running mate, as well as appointing former President Barack Obama to the Supreme Court.
Colbert responded to Biden's hypothetical appointments by listing some of Obama's qualifications for the high court, which lead to the idea being viewed as less of a joke. The former president taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago for 12 years and has shown expertise on the subject, which led to discussions that he really is qualified for the position.
The University has previously made statements about Obama's tenure with the campus, saying that during his time, the school attempted to bring him on board full-time.
"Several times during his 12 years as a professor in the Law School, Obama was invited to join the faculty in a full-time tenure-track position, but he declined," The University of Chicago Law School said in a statement on their website.
Biden made it much more clear that he was joking when referring to the possibility of Michelle Obama becoming his running mate. The former vice president leaned into the camera following his remark, attempting to talk directly to the former first lady to tell her he was only joking.
Michelle Obama has long made it clear that she has no intention of competing for any political office, holding a distaste for the entire process.
“There’s a lot about politics she doesn’t like,” David Axelrod, Obama’s former chief strategist, said to Politico. “The coarseness, the meanness, sometimes the silliness, the focus on the trivial … I don’t think that’s going to happen.”
Biden has been rumored to have multiple options for an actual running mate, including former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.