President Barack Obama on Monday all but shook his head at comments attributed to his vice president.
Joe Biden had made a vague comment last week about placing a 30 percent chance of failure on some undisclosed issue in a conversation with Obama in the Oval Office.
Asked at his first full-blown presidential news conference to explain that comment by his second-in-command and what issue he was talking about, the president said with a smile, “you know, I don’t remember exactly what Joe was referring to … not surprisingly.”
It was not the irritation that Obama barely concealed when Biden made a public crack about the chief justice of the Supreme Court flubbing the inauguration oath. It was more like an adult dealing with the foibles of an uncontrollable child.
“I think what Joe may have been suggesting — although I wouldn’t put numerical — I wouldn’t ascribe any numerical percentage to any of this — is that, given the magnitude of the challenges that we have, any single thing that we do is going to be part of the solution, not all of the solution,” Obama said. (Well, that explanation was certainly as clear as the sky over a smokestack).