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WATCH: Obama, Biden, Discuss Empathy, Responsibility, Say Trump Lacks Both

Joe Biden is releasing short clips from a video that will be released in full Thursday morning. In the clips, Biden discusses with former President Barack Obama the qualities that make a president effective, and compare Biden to Donald Trump.

Donald Trump lacks empathy and doesn't take responsibility
WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 09: U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden share a moment during a statement about the election in the Rose Garden at the White House November 9, 2016 in Washington, DC. [Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images]

Biden tweeted the first clip Wednesday morning. In it, he and Obama discuss taking responsibility. “Can you imagine, standing up as a president, and saying it’s not my responsibility?” In March, as Politico reported, Donald Trump said this about the delay in COVID-9 testing. “I don’t take responsibility at all.”

In the clip, Obama agrees. “Those words didn’t come out of our mouths when we were in office.”

Discussing empathy, and more specifically Donald Trump’s lack thereof, Biden says, “He just can’t relate in any way.”

In a second clip, released Wednesday afternoon, Biden says there are two ways a president can motivate people, “…by doing something really ennobling…or to do something really bad.”

About Trump, he says, “This guy has generated a sense out there, that people are waking up to, that he ran by deliberately dividing people, from the moment he came down that escalator.”

He says that people witnessing life with Trump in power are saying, “I don’t want my kid growing up that way.

Obama, for his part, refrains from much input on the personality of Trump, but describes Biden as someone who already knows much of the presidential job, thanks to his time as vice president, and as someone with a lot of empathy, and willingness to understand the plight of others, even if it isn’t his own experience.

Release of the full video of the conversation between Joe Biden and Barack Obama is promised at 10:00am Thursday.



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