When the cameras are rolling, Joe Biden likes to project an “it’s all cool, man” vibe.
Ah, but when it’s behind closed doors with staff, the monster comes out . . .
Former Vice President Joe Biden may appear to promote an easy-going public image, but it’s reportedly a front to hide an explosive temper that frequently manifests itself in emotional outbursts.
In a New Yorker article that focuses on the political problems that Biden’s son Hunter poses for the campaign, anonymous staff members reportedly told the magazine that they are often too “intimidated” to offer their opinions to Biden, fearing a verbal assault from the Democratic presidential front-runner.
“Everyone who works for him has been screamed at,” an unnamed former staffer told The New Yorker.
A former White House aide told the magazine, “When I asked members of Biden’s staff whether they discussed their concerns with the Vice-President, several of them said that they had been too intimidated to do so.”
Reportedly, other staffers don’t want to talk about potential communication issues because Biden’s feelings are easily bruised. A New Yorker source who conducts business with Biden says it’s always a gamble to raise any family issues relating to the former Vice President because he can remember on one occasion Biden “got deeply melancholy, which, to me, is more painful than if someone yelled and screamed at me.”
Other off-the-record accounts suggest the reasons behind Biden’s most recent emotional outbursts have as much to do with a sense of betrayal as they do with agitation over the negative press involving his family. He knows full well that it’s likely a single call from either Barack Obama or Valerie Jarrett to powerful media figures would end much of that negative coverage. Instead, that coverage appears to be intensifying as Kamala Harris, a longtime member of the Obama/Jarrett inner circle, is rising in the polls.
The former Vice President likely can’t help but wonder if a call was made by Obama and Jarrett, but not to protect him, but rather to promote Kamala Harris at his expense.
That’s got to hurt.