Maureen Dowd: ‘The Obama West Wing treated Biden quite shabbily’

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist on why Biden can succeed where Obama did not

US president Joe Biden. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty

US president Joe Biden. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty

At this week’s Irish Times Summer Nights Festival, Hugh Linehan interviewed Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Maureen Dowd about today’s America. This section of the conversation focuses on the Biden presidency

Maureen Dowd: To understand the Biden presidency you have to understand that for the last couple of decades the narrative of Joe Biden was set, in a way that only Joe Biden and very few other people disagreed with. That narrative was: he was lucky to be chosen as Barack Obama’s vice-president; he had hit his ceiling; and he could never run for president, because he couldn’t attract enough voters and couldn’t raise enough money and he had too many gaffes.

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