Obama denies discouraging Biden from running for president

Former President Barack Obama pushed back on reports he dissuaded President-elect Joe Biden from seeking the White House twice.

Obama said anecdotes that he advised Biden against running ahead of both the 2016 and 2020 cycles were “not accurate,” including telling him he “didn’t have to do this” in 2019.

“That didn’t happen,” Obama told MSNBC on Thursday, promoting his first post-presidency memoir, A Promised Land.

In particular, he referred to their conversations after Biden lost his son Beau at the age of 46 in 2015 to glioblastoma.

“I was a friend,
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