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Biden Left Out of Top Campaign Meetings

10:20 AM, May 4, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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On Sunday evenings, President Obama meets with his top ten campaign officials to "gather for a confidential briefing on his re-election," according to the New York Times. Present at these meetings, which, we learn, usually take place after the president's Sunday golf outings, are a slew of White House and campaign officials.

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"The attendance roster, which was confirmed by multiple people familiar with the list, reveals a mix of White House staff, including: David Plouffe, a senior adviser and campaign manager from 2008; Jack Lew, the chief of staff; Valerie Jarrett and Pete Rouse, senior advisers; Dan Pfeiffer, the communications director; and Alyssa Mastromonaco, a deputy chief of staff who has worked for Mr. Obama since his days in the United States Senate," the Times reports. "The campaign team includes: Jim Messina, the campaign manager, who sets the agenda for the meeting; David Axelrod, a senior strategist; Stephanie Cutter, a deputy campaign manager; and Larry Grisolano, a top political adviser."

But there is one person conspicuously missing: Vice President Joe Biden. (Hillary Clinton and the rest of the cabinet are also absent.) "Instead, the room is filled with a group of trusted confidants who were at his side during the last campaign," writes the Times, suggesting that Biden is not indeed a 'trusted confidant.

This is despite the fact that Biden has been termed "campaigner in chief." He remains a constant presence on the campaign trail, holding rallies and fundraisers, trying to woo supporters with his personality and words. But, likewise, he remains a gaffe machine, continuously tripping over his words and message at these events. 

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