January 24, 2024

Biden Preferred Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as Running Mate Over Harris, Book Claims

President Biden reportedly had reservations about Vice President Kamala Harris's suitability for the role of commander-in-chief, considering her unfit for the job, according to a newly released book by veteran Washington journalist Charlie Spiering titled "Amateur Hour: Kamala Harris in the White House."

Spiering reveals that Biden initially favored Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as his running mate for the 2020 election but ultimately chose Harris due to promises to select a woman and lobbying from former President Barack Obama.

Despite Harris being just "a brain stroke away from the presidency," Biden was aware of her struggles and mistakes during her initial years in office, which included alleged bullying of White House staff, a refusal to be a team player, an "artificial" public presence, her infamous cackle, and frequent "word salads" that failed to convey a clear message.

The book highlights a series of issues, including resignations from Harris's staff due to her purported "soul-destroying criticism," forcing her to stop using her favorite curse word.

Spiering characterizes Harris as a "hilarious, incompetent, trailblazing radical" with disastrous and comical first years as vice president, emphasizing her limited authority as the Biden administration's border czar.

As Biden faces another campaign with Harris as his running mate, the book raises the question that has become a "popular parlor game in Washington": How to fix Kamala Harris?

Jill Biden, the president's wife, did not favor Harris for the role, preferring former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice. Jill Biden reportedly expressed frustration after a bitter Democratic primary debate, suggesting that Harris should "go f— herself."

The book also recounts Harris's confrontation with Biden during a June 2019 debate when she criticized him for collaborating with segregationist senators during the 1970s.

Although Harris suspended her presidential campaign later on, she capitalized on the opportunity to boost her profile following George Floyd's death in May 2020, ultimately becoming Biden's running mate.

The protests and riots in the aftermath of Floyd's death contributed to the shift in public opinion towards selecting a black woman, not just a woman, as Biden's running mate.

The saga has now left America with Harris as the nation's second-in-command as Biden seeks a second term alongside her low approval ratings.

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