Though it wasn’t quite to the same level of obsession that we saw with Hillary Clinton, her Chipotle stop, and her Scooby Doo van, the liberal media were still enthralled Thursday with former Vice President Joe Biden finally launching his 2020 presidential bid.
And CNN was there providing more than enough moments with a few coming in a segment on CNN Newsroom gushing about his aviators, his supposed authenticity, and his hire of their CNN colleague Symone Sanders.
Host Brooke Baldwin had just aired a 2017 clip of Biden comforting View co-host Meghan McCain on the news of her father’s brain cancer when she marveled to special correspondent Jamie Gangel about “what moment they could have tomorrow” when he joins the ABC talkfest.
Gangel replied that was “Joe Biden at his best” being “someone who is authentic, it’s the reason he connects with people.”
“It is the reason that he can do what some of the other Democrats may not be able to do which is where is he going to be living the next couple of days? He’s going to be in Pennsylvania....When you see him there what his supporters think is that's the Joe Biden that could get some of those Trump voters back,” she added.
Former Obama and Hillary Clinton adviers Joel Payne was also on set, gushing “that is the best of Biden” in addition to his strategic move to have The View be his first television interview that will be “appealing to female voters.”
Payne ruled that they should also “pay attention to the rollout this week” since he pushed his announcement back one day to not coincide with the far-left She the People conference and then “[stole] one of your big high-profile talents” in Sanders.
Baldwin and Gangel then chuckled with the former saying “yeah, he did!” Huh. This certain clashes with how CNN has reacted when Fox News personalities join the Obama administration. Wonder how triggering this whole day was for the CNN media team.
At any rate, Payne ruled that the Sanders hire “might have been the biggest news of the day” and thus “bigger than” any of his congressional endorsements because the Sander hire is a nod to the far-left and female voters.
Baldwin then gushed to Gangel: “Quickly, you loved what moment from the pizzeria?”
Not to be out done, Gangel responded:
Oh, well, I think we have the footage here. The aviators are back. And if you watch Joe Biden campaigning today, you will see — there they are. There are the aviators and he loves this. He is having fun. This is not heavy lifting for Joe Biden. This comes naturally to him.
To see the relevant transcript from April 25's CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin, click “expand.”
CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin
April 25, 2019
3:06 p.m. Eastern
BROOKE BALDWIN: I want to ask you about — so we know that Biden, his first live interview will be on The View — it’ll be on The View tomorrow where he had that emotional exchange with Meghan McCain last fall as she talked about, you know, at the time, the brain cancer fight that her father was in the thick of battling and about Beau Biden, Biden’s son who passed away. So watch this clip.
JOE BIDEN [on ABC’s The View, 12/13/17]: One of the things that gave Beau courage, my word, was John. Your dad, you may remember when you were a little kid, your dad took care of my Beau. Your dad, when he was mil-aide, became friends with Beau and Beau talked about your dad's courage, not about illness, but about his courage.
BALDWIN: Ah. Just want to reach through the screen and squeeze Meghan McCain and just everything, But what do you make of that clip and what moment they could have tomorrow?
JAMIE GANGEL: That is Joe Biden at his best. That is someone who is authentic, it’s the reason he connects with people. It is the reason that he can do what some of the other Democrats may not be able to do which is where is he going to be living the next couple of days? He’s going to be in Pennsylvania. This is about Donald Trump won Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin by less than one percent of the vote.
BALDWIN: Yep, yep.
GANGEL: When you see him there what his supporters think is that's the Joe Biden that could get some of those Trump voters back.
JOEL PAYNE: I agree. That is the best of Biden. I would also say strategically going on The View, appealing to female voters, appearing to kind of voters in the middle of the country, also let's pay attention to the rollout this week. He pushed it back one day to avoid conflicting with the She the People conference which is a big women's political gathering on Wednesday. He pushed it back a day. He also made news here at CNN by stealing one of your big high-profile talents —
BALDWIN: Yeah he did!
GANGEL: Symone —
BALDWIN: He did. We love you, Symone, but —
PAYNE: — which, by the way, I think might have been the biggest news of the day. Bigger than Coons, Casey, and Carol Moseley Braun endorsing him or the firefighter's union because that’s where he’s weak at. He’s not weak with people in the middle of the country. He's weak with progressives and with the ethnic minorities. That’s why he made such a high profile investment in someone like Symone Sanders as well.
BALDWIN: Quickly, you loved what moment from the pizzeria?
GANGEL: Oh, well, I think we have the footage here. The aviators are back. And if you watch Joe Biden campaigning today, you will see — there they are. There are the aviators and he loves this. He is having fun. This is not heavy lifting for Joe Biden. This comes naturally to him.
PAYNE: One really quick thing, he is running an incumbency campaign. I'm not sure if that’s going to work. I don't know if Democrat voters want over the top, inevitability campaign. That’s what he's running. We'll see if that bet pays off.