Just in case that photo op of Biden sitting across a table from the president wasn’t enough to convince you how competent the vice president apparently is, there’s also this:

The second odd addition to the president’s daily schedule is his meeting in the Situation Room with the vice president. Now lately, the Obama administration has gone through a review of its intelligence-gathering practices, and the president has participated in some meetings with intelligence leaders on this issue. The vice president, at least publicly, has remained out of the meetings.

For example, on Dec. 18, the president met with members of the Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies in the Situation Room. Biden did not attend.

While the vice president and president likely meet together in the Situation Room often, those meetings are rarely made public. It’s just a part of White House life. But the timing of today’s meeting seems odd, in addition to Biden’s participation in the intelligence-gathering review.

By the end of today, after the photo-op and the opportunities to talk about Biden’s participation in important daily meetings, the White House is hoping it might change the narrative—at least, just for Wednesday.

But I’m sure, just like today’s lunch photo, this is all just coincidence and has nothing to do with Bob Gates’ new book

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