White House: Obama provides regular “advisory consultations” for Biden

Biden interacts with former President Barack Obama (left) at the inauguration venue on Jan. 20

U.S. media said Tuesday (March 23) that press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed that Obama continued to provide “advisory consultations” during Biden’s presidency.

According to Fox News, Psaki said at a briefing Monday (March 22) that President Biden was in “regular” communication with former President Obama on many issues.

When asked by reporters whether Obama had visited the White House and how often they spoke, she responded that the relationship between Obama and Biden was not defined as president and vice president, but as “friends.

They consult and discuss a range of issues, and I expect that to continue during President Biden’s presidency,” Psaki said. “It turns out that this can be done over the phone, and I think if President Obama had been here, you all would know that.”

Psaki declined to say exactly how many times the two spoke, but said they “stay in regular contact” and that their teams are in regular contact “on a range of issues.”

Pusaki added that this is one of the issues they will discuss given Biden’s commitment to strengthening and expanding the work of Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

The report also noted that Biden and Obama’s close relationship is no secret in Washington. However, despite their long friendship, Obama waited until late in the campaign cycle to formally endorse Biden, a move that has drawn media attention.

In addition, Biden has invited a number of people who previously served in the Obama administration to join his team, including chief of staff Ron Klain, national security adviser Jake Sullivan, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Secretary of State Antony Blinken. White House press secretary Pusaki himself was also brought back from the Obama years.