According to Mediaite, President Joe Biden, at a San Francisco event for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit, made a subtle acknowledgment of the political speculation about his possible replacement on the Democratic ticket.
Speaking at the welcome reception, Biden engaged in light banter about California Governor Gavin Newsom, who also spoke at the event.
During his speech, Biden began with a joke about jumping off a barrier before shifting to the topic of Governor Newsom. He praised Newsom, stating, “He’s been one hell of a governor, man. Matter of fact, he could be anything he wants. He could have the job I’m looking for.”
The remark elicited laughter from the audience. The context of the comment revolves around persistent rumors and speculation about Governor Newsom potentially challenging or replacing Biden on the Democratic ticket.
These rumors have gained traction amid challenges to Biden’s approval ratings and difficulties with certain voter demographics.
The welcome reception for the APEC Summit featured speeches from various dignitaries, including Vice President Kamala Harris and Governor Newsom.
The event marked a significant gathering of world leaders and officials, making it the largest such gathering in San Francisco since the 1945 International Organization meeting that led to the creation of the United Nations Charter.
Biden’s lighthearted remark about Governor Newsom subtly addressed the ongoing political chatter about his future on the Democratic ticket, adding a touch of humor to the event.
GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE. I THINK THERE’S FOLKS BACK UP BEHIND THAT BARRIER. THERE ARE. HOLY MACKEREL. DON’T JUMP. DON’T JUMP. (LAUGHTER.)
HELLO, APEC. COACH, THANKS FOR THAT INTRODUCTION AND THANKS FOR THE — SAN FRANCISCO’S MVP VIP THAT WE JUST SAW ON THE SCREEN. AND IT’S A REAL HONOR TO WELCOME ALL MY FELLOW LEADERS TO THE UNITED STATES.
TWO YEARS AGO, WHEN THE UNITED STATES OFFERED TO HOST THIS SUMMIT, WE KNEW WE’D NEED A LOCATION DYNAMIC AND DIVERSE AND — AS APEC ITSELF. AND APEC IN SAN FRANCISCO, HERE WE ARE.
I WANT TO TALK ABOUT GOVERNOR NEWSOM. WANT TO THANK HIM. HE’S BEEN ONE HELL OF A GOVERNOR, MAN. (APPLAUSE.) MATTER OF FACT, HE COULD BE ANYTHING HE WANTS. HE COULD HAVE THE JOB I’M LOOKING FOR. (LAUGHTER.)
AND, MAYOR BREED, CONGRATULATIONS. BEING A MAYOR — WELL, YOU’RE CRAZY. (LAUGHTER.) I THINK IT’S THE HARDEST JOB IN AMERICAN POLITICS.