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'Obama bros' gang up on Biden as longstanding rumors of tension linger: 'Hard to watch'
Three former Obama advisers' criticism of Biden continues the reportedly strained state of relations between the two men's camps
 By Brandon Gillespie Fox News
Published July 9, 2024 6:35pm EDT

Three former advisers to President Obama took aim at President Biden Tuesday as longstanding rumors of tension between the two men's camps continue to linger.

Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett and Tommy Vietor, who were often referred to as the "Obama bros" during their tenure in the White House, dedicated the majority of their latest "Pod Save America" episode to ganging up on Biden following his poor performance in the first presidential debate, and in a subsequent interview.

"I thought it was bad, and, at times, very hard to watch," Vietor said, referencing Biden's sit-down interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos last week that came as part of an effort by the president to quell critics calling for him to exit the presidential race.

"In fairness to Biden, I don't think that interview could have solved the political problem that stemmed from the debate," he said, adding the interview made him "more concerned" because Biden "struggled to speak in a clear, coherent way."

Vietor argued Biden didn't articulate a compelling second-term agenda that would sway swing voters to support him over former President Trump, and that his explanations for his recent poor performance, such as travel and sickness, didn't fully answer for "how bad the debate was."

Lovett agreed and said the interview "was a hard setting for him to succeed, even at his absolute best, because it's hard to justify why it was more than a week after the debate, that it was so brief, and he was only doing one."

"The debate was just a bad night. We all saw it," he said. "The explanations are kind of vague… That doesn't do enough to assuage our concerns about what we saw that night. Right? So, the explanations don't offer anything."

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