Gabriel Debenedetti, the creator of “The Long Alliance,” a brand new e-book on the partnership between Mr. Biden and Mr. Obama, mentioned the distinction owes partially to the truth that Mr. Obama has grown much more disenchanted with Republicans since leaving workplace and feels no want to carry again whereas Mr. Biden, the previous legislator, nonetheless harbors hope of hanging bipartisan offers.
“They’ve a special set of incentives at this level,” Mr. Debenedetti mentioned. “They’re on the identical group actually, however Obama can join extra on a human stage with Democrats who’re exasperated with Republicans from afar, whereas Biden has to cope with the day-to-day actuality of all of it.”
The Philadelphia reunion of the Obama-Biden group — or is it now the Biden-Obama group? — will invariably draw comparisons that can worsen each males. Mr. Biden’s model of speech isn’t any match for Mr. Obama’s rhetorical heights, and a few Democrats watching them collectively onstage could pine for what they not have.
But former presidents typically generate nostalgia-fueled good emotions that they didn’t take pleasure in whereas in workplace. When Mr. Obama was in workplace, it rankled him when Democrats contrasted him unfavorably to former President Invoice Clinton.
Likewise, former presidents have extra freedom of journey than a down-in-the-polls incumbent. Mr. Clinton typically made his option to aggressive states that Mr. Obama didn’t marketing campaign in whereas in workplace, simply as Mr. Biden, together with his working-class enchantment, may as vice chairman.
Now Mr. Obama, with a 54 percent favorable rating in YouGov polling, has been hitting crucial battleground states, together with Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, Michigan and Wisconsin. Mr. Biden, at 45 percent, on this closing stretch has principally caught to friendlier venues the place Democrats had been main, like New Mexico, California, Illinois, New York and Maryland, in addition to Florida, the place nationwide Democrats had little hope.
The looks in Philadelphia was the uncommon exception. Pennsylvania, the place Mr. Biden was born and to which he feels a particular connection, is one swing state the place he has made a number of appearances, and John Fetterman, who’s in a deadlocked Senate race, has not averted him.