How America Could Get More Joe Biden After 2016

by Stephanie Casella

It is a truth universally acknowledged that all Democrats love Uncle Joe — Vice President Joe Biden, that is — and would delight in seeing him represent the blue team forever. However, not all dreams come true, and once President Obama's final year in office is ended, America's VP will no longer hold his appointed position. Yet, this does not mean it is impossible for Biden to be in the next presidential cabinet. Whether or not he would take such a position is another story, but there are some hints out there as to where he might stand on the subject.

In a recent interview with ABC's Good Morning America, Biden said that he would have made the "best president" had he decided to run for office. In this instance, the timing simply was not right. He had just lost his son, Beau, to brain cancer mere months before his hotly-debated prospective potential bid for the presidency. He opted to sit this one out and leave the work to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Although time does not heal wounds, it does temper their pain, and now, close to a year later, it seems that Biden may stand ready to make his way into a new position.

Even as he has refrained from an official endorsement, Biden supports and feels confident in Hillary Clinton's presidential run, despite his own aforementioned beliefs on potentially having been the "best" president. He has the track record to prove his abilities over and over again, as both a senator and as vice president.

His prior experience working with Clinton in the Obama administration could give him that proverbial "leg up" in a spot within Clinton's potential administration. Additionally, his own recent testimony of his self-assurance could serve as a hint that he is ready for a new role in a new administration.

After all, nobody really knows with Joe Biden. Back in 2008, he had said he did not want a vice presidential or Secretary of State slot in either the Clinton or Obama administration. Well, eight years later, we know that didn't remain true for long.

Whether Clinton (or Sanders) will offer Biden a new role is open to opinion for now, and whether he would take such a role is something America won't see until after either the Democratic National Convention or Inauguration Day. In any case, more years with Biden on America's side is a marvelous vision.