Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden continued to build on his public relationship with former President Barack Obama with a new campaign video featuring a conversation between the two men.
At one point, Obama is even caught bowing to his one-time vice president before they sit down to discuss current events.
“You’re going to work hard for them”
The move received some media attention, including from Breitbart, given the 44th president’s sometimes controversial habit of bowing to world leaders.
Of course, in the era of social distancing, bowing has been listed as among the potential alternatives to riskier greeting rituals including a hug or handshake.
During the short clip Biden shared on social media, he laments Trump’s supposed “inability to get a sense of what people are going through.” In turn, Obama praises Biden for demonstrating empathy toward Americans struggling with a host of problems.
“It all starts with being able to relate,” Obama said. “If you can sit down with a family and see your own family in them, and the struggles you’ve gone through or your parents went through, or your kids are going through — if you can connect those struggles to somebody else’s struggles, then you’re going to work hard for them”
“Motivated you to get into public service”
The former president went on to assert that this is the quality that prompted him to pick Biden as his running mate.
“That’s always what’s motivated you to get into public service,” Obama said.
It was not immediately clear if his bow was meant to signify deference to Biden as a world leader, but he did have a record of doing just that during his two terms as president.
As Breitbart noted, Obama received some criticism at the time for bowing before the emperor of Japan and, on another occasion, the king of Saudi Arabia.
While Biden retains a lead over President Donald Trump in most polls, the margins are expected to shrink as Election Day draws nearer.
It is clear that the former vice president wants to use his relationship with Obama to his advantage, but it will be up to voters to determine how much that actually matters.