Obama: I think Biden ‘would be a superb president’

President Obama says that Vice President Biden would make a very good president because he understands what the job requires.

"I think Joe would be a superb president,” Obama told the New Yorker for a lengthy piece on the vice president. “He has seen the job up close, he knows what the job entails. He understands how to separate what’s really important from what’s less important. I think he’s got great people skills. He enjoys politics, and he’s got important relationships up on the Hill that would serve him well.”

Obama has also praised former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, saying earlier this year that she would be "very effective" if she decides to run for president. He also did a lengthy sit-down interview alongside Clinton on CBS's "60 Minutes" just before she departed as the nation's chief diplomat.

Clinton and Biden are both viewed as potential 2016 White House candidates.

"I think that, for both Joe and for Hillary, they’ve already accomplished an awful lot in their lives," Obama told the New Yorker. "The question is, do they, at this phase in their lives, want to go through the pretty undignifying process of running all over again."

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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