“I have two portraits hanging — one of Jefferson, one of Adams. Both vice presidents who became presidents. . . I wonder what their portraits looked like when they were vice presidents.”
— Joe Biden on his possible 2016 aspirations, in a new profile in GQ’s August issue (on newsstands Tuesday). And where do those aspirations stand at the moment? “I can die a happy man never having been president of the United States of America. But it doesn’t mean I won’t run. The judgment I’ll make is, first of all, am I still as full of as much energy as I have now. . . [and] do I think I’m the best person in the position to move the ball? And, you know, we’ll see where the hell I am.”
In another revealing passage, the veep seems to express just the teensiest bit of resentment that he doesn’t get as much respect for his intellectual bona fides as, people like, oh, say, Paul Ryan or Hillary Clinton:
“I have read as much or know as much about foreign policy, domestic policy. Remember all that talk about the debate? How the other guy was supposed to be the numbers guy and knew all the detail? Remember? Listen, I look forward to those kinds of things — I never speak about anything I don’t know a great deal about. That I haven’t worked like hell for. But that’s not what you’d expect. You might expect Clinton to do that. . . Well, I shouldn’t. I’m getting —”
Read the full GQ story: Have you heard the one about President Joe Biden?