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Obama 'Distracted' by Biden's Gaffes

In one of his first speeches, President Obama warned Congress to “don’t mess with Joe.” Perhaps because he reserves that privilege for himself? In a new book, Newsweek journalist Richard Wolffe writes Obama is so “distracted by his vice president’s indiscipline” that he has had to privately rebuke Biden. “He can’t keep his mouth shut,” says one senior Obama aide in Renegade: The Making of a President. Biden apparently insulted presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett when, after she had withdrawn her name from consideration as a replacement for Obama’s senate seat, Biden quipped at a meeting, “You should be in the Senate.” Afterward, Obama apparently told Biden "It's not funny."