People close to the former president say that he is standing behind Biden amid allegations from seven women that the former vice president made them uncomfortable by touching them inappropriately at public events.
“President Obama thinks the world of him and thinks he'd be an excellent president,” one source close to Obama who has spoken to him in recent weeks told The Hill.“He's spent an infinite amount of time talking about his character, and they remain in touch and good friends,” the source said.
But Obama has so far refrained from weighing in on news events, much less the emerging Democratic presidential primary contest, those close to him noted, leaving it unclear whether the current controversy surrounding Biden could be an exception.
“President Obama is not going to be weighing in on the primary and the day-to-day stories around it,” the source said. “And Joe Biden would be the first to tell you that he'll have to earn the nomination on his own.”