A former vice president says he’s ready to put his political legacy to one side for now.
Former President Joe Biden speaks at a rally in Richmond, Va., on March 13, 2019.
Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesFormer President Barack Obama said Thursday he’s not a political activist and believes he’s “one of the few” who “will get a fair shake” from the political system.
The former president was asked during an interview with NBC’s Today if he would change his stance to be a political advocate, as he’s done during his time in office.
“No, I don’t think so,” he said.
“I mean, I think that the system is designed to favor the rich and the powerful, and I think I’ve got a pretty good shot to get the job done.”
He said he’s willing to be the “political activist” he says he is, but not a “political enabler.”
“You know, I’m not a politician,” he added.
“But I think if we can find a way to get things done, I’ll be the one to do it.”
The president said he has a lot of admiration for Democratic President Joe Trump, but doesn’t believe he’s a good fit for the role.
“He’s a nice guy, but he’s an ideologue, and you know, he’s very opinionated,” he explained.
“You know what, I’ve never met a man who is more opinionated than Joe.
I think he’s gonna be a great president.
I know he’s going to be.
I just don’t see myself being a political enablers.”
Former President Donald Trump and Vice President Joe Pence walk with their family at the Capitol on March 7, 2021.
Drew Angerer/GettyImagesThe former vice presidential candidate also said he doesn’t think Trump’s presidency has been a good thing for America.
“I think the presidency is an incredibly destructive job, it’s destructive to our economy, it hurts our democracy, it damages the environment, it undermines trust in our government,” Biden said.
“And we are going to have to get a lot better at the executive branch, but I do think that I’m the one who has the experience and the vision and the courage to do the job.”