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Obama and Biden Had Their Socially Distanced Meeting

In the clip from their recent meeting, while practicing the social-distancing protocol, Biden criticized President Donald Trump, saying that there are “two ways in which presidents motivate people” — through important actions or by doing “something really bad.”

“This guy has generated a sense out there that people are waking up to that he ran by deliberately dividing people from the moment he came down that escalator. And I think people are now going, ‘I don’t want my kid growing up that way,'” Biden says in the video.

Obama did not directly attack Trump in the clip. Instead, he made mentioned Biden’s experience in policy-making and on the world stage and the former vice president’s character.

“You know what it’s like as much as anybody to be in the White House during a crisis. You know what it’s like to have to get laws passed through Congress. You know what it’s like to deal with foreign leaders. You know what it’s like and how lonely it can be to make tough decisions where not every decision is going to be perfect but you’ve got to make them and to take responsibility for it,” Obama says in the video. “I’ve seen you with families that have gone through tragedies. And the thing I’ve got confidence in, Joe, is your heart and your character and the fact that you are going to be able to reassemble the kind of government that cares about people and brings people together.”

Obama and his previous VP met for a socially far off conversation on challenges confronting the nation on July 11 at Obama’s office in Washington, DC, as per an individual acquainted with the gathering. The two restricted their time together to the taping and didn’t get to know each other past that or examine Biden’s likely running mates or the bad habit presidential inquiry process, the individual said. 

The clip gave to CNN was the subsequent one discharged last Wednesday. Obama and Biden plan to post a video of the full discussion on their internet based life accounts Thursday. 

In a previous clasp discharged by Biden’s crusade Wednesday morning, the two examined how the possible Democratic chosen one would deal with the coronavirus pandemic and the economy. When asked about the lag in coronavirus testing in March, Trump said, “No, I don’t take responsibility at all.”

In the first short clip of the discussion released on Wednesday, Obama and Biden, who both wear masks as they enter the building.

“Can you imagine standing up when you were President and saying ‘it’s not my responsibility. I take no responsibility.’ Literally. Literally,” Biden said in the video which marks the first time he and Obama have appeared together in person since the beginning of the campaign.

Obama replied, “Those words didn’t come out of our mouths while we were in office.”

“No. I don’t understand his inability to get a sense of what people are going through,” Biden said. “He just can’t, he can’t relate in any way.”

The former President then praises Biden for his ability to relate with people.

“Well, and one of the things I have always known about you, Joe, it’s the reason why I wanted you to be my vice president, and the reason why you were so effective … it all starts with being able to relate,” Obama said.

“If you can sit down with a family and see your own family in them and the struggles that you’ve gone through or your parents went through or your kids are going through. If you can connect those struggles to somebody else’s struggles, then you’re going to work hard for them. And that’s always what’s motivated you to get into public service,” Obama added.

The coronavirus pandemic has affected the battlefield, with the two crusades stopping occasions toward the start and facilitating most occasions. As of late, the Trump crusade held face to face battle occasions in the flood in coronavirus cases however has since held virtual pledge drives and rallies. 

Biden’s ongoing face to face crusade occasions has been constrained to appearances with little gatherings of individuals, including a little possibility of journalists, in his home state and the neighbouring battleground territory of Pennsylvania.

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