Vice President Biden said he was grateful for his “personal relationship with the president” in a Thanksgiving compilation of responses from notable Americans who were asked what they were appreciative of this holiday season.
“I guess it’s a funny way to say it, but it is personal,” Biden told TIME. “There’s a real friendship between us, and I have a great deal of respect for him.”
Biden said he appreciated that Obama had “entrusted me with some significant responsibilities.”
“And I’m proud that this year we’ve been able to guarantee middle-class families that their taxes won’t go up,” Biden said. “Those things matter.”
The relationship between Obama and Biden had become the source of some speculation following the publication of Double Down, in which journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann reported that then-White House chief of staff Bill Daley, spooked by the president’s drooping poll numbers in the fall of 2011, ordered campaign staffers to poll and conduct focus groups on the impact of switching Biden for then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the Democratic ticket.