February 5, 2010
It's inside-Washington speculation at this point, but the strategists make a good case for such a shift. "Biden was named in the first place to shore up Obama on foreign policy issues, and Obama doesn't need that anymore," says a former Clinton adviser. That's because Obama has learned the ropes and has assembled a strong foreign policy and national security team.
As for Clinton, she has said that she doesn't plan to serve as secretary of state longer than four years, but so far she has expressed no interest in another presidential run. (Of course she's interested in being president. That's always been her goal). She was the favorite for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008 but lost to Obama after a long series of primaries and caucuses. A White House strategist attributed the speculation about Biden and Clinton to "cocktail party chatter" and said Obama is "very pleased" with Biden's job performance. (He's "pleased" with Biden because they are both the same ILK)!