Joe Biden wasn’t endorsed by The New York Times, but his selfie with an elevator operator has generated more clicks than the newspaper’s interviews with preferred candidates Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar.
Viral video circulating on social media shows a touching moment in which the former vice president takes a selfie with an elevator operator as he is on his way to meet with the newspaper’s editorial board.
As Biden rides in the elevator, he is met by Jacquelyn, who expresses her admiration for the former vice president.
A heartwarming encounter between Joe Biden (right) and Jacquelyn (left), an elevator operator at the building which houses The New York Times in Manhattan, went viral on social media
‘I love you. I do. You’re like my favorite,’ she says to a flattered Biden
Biden, who was on his way to a meeting with The New York Times editorial board in hopes of getting its endorsement, offers to take a selfie with Jacquelyn
Just before Biden gets out of the elevator on the 12th floor of the building, he is seen standing next to Jacquelyn as they pose for a selfie
‘I love you. I do. You’re like my favorite,’ she says to a flattered Biden.
Biden then asks Jacquelyn if she has a camera so that they could snap a selfie together.
Just before Biden gets out of the elevator on the 12th floor of the building, he is seen standing next to Jacquelyn as they pose for a selfie.
The clip has been viewed at least half-a-million times on the internet. It has amassed far more views than the Times’ own interviews with the two senators that it endorsed.
The encounter between Biden and Jacquelyn was filmed by the Times as part of its television show The Weekly, which devoted several episodes to taped interviews between the editorial board and Democratic candidates.
The Times editorial board shocked the political world over the weekend when it announced an unorthodox decision to endorse two candidates for the Democratic nomination – Warren and Klobuchar.
The Grey Lady essentially snubbed Biden, who has been the frontrunner since he announced his entry into the race.
Biden’s selfie video generated at least six times more clicks than taped interviews The New York Times editorial board conducted with Senators Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren – the two candidates it has endorsed for the Democratic presidential nomination
On Sunday, the Times described Massachusetts senator Warren (right) as the ‘radical’ and Minnesota senator Klobuchar (left) as the ‘realist’ choice
The liberal newspaper’s pick comes just a few weeks before the Iowa caucuses on February 3 which officially begins the presidential primary season.
On Sunday, the Times described Massachusetts senator Warren as the ‘radical’ and Minnesota senator Klobuchar as the ‘realist’ choice.
‘An essential debate is underway between two visions that may define the future of the (Democratic) party and perhaps the nation,’ the editorial board wrote.
‘Some in the party view President Trump as an aberration and believe that a return to a more sensible America is possible. Then there are those who believe that President Trump was the product of political and economic systems so rotten that they must be replaced.’
‘Both the radical and the realist models warrant serious consideration,’ the board said.
‘That’s why we’re endorsing the most effective candidates for each approach. They are Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar.’
‘Ms Warren’s path to the nomination is challenging, but not hard to envision,’ the board said. For Klobuchar (right), the Times said her ‘lengthy tenure in the Senate and bipartisan credentials would make her a uniter for the wings of the party – and perhaps the nation’
Warren has consistently polled at third place, behind former vice president Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders – Warren’s fellow progressive.
She surged during the summer but has seen her support slide since October.
But the Times called her the new ‘standard-bearer for the Democratic left,’ praising her plans for structural and social reform.
‘Ms Warren’s path to the nomination is challenging, but not hard to envision,’ the board said.
For Klobuchar, who is more moderate, the Times said her ‘lengthy tenure in the Senate and bipartisan credentials would make her a deal maker (a real one) and uniter for the wings of the party – and perhaps the nation.’
‘May the best woman win,’ the Times concluded.
In addition to Warren and Klobuchar, the Times spoke with Biden, Sanders, billionaire activist Tom Steyer, entrepreneur Andrew Yang, South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick and New Jersey senator Cory Booker, who dropped out of the race in December.
The interviews were conducted on the record.
In addition to showing video clips of the interviews in the Weekly episode, the Times Opinion section also published interview transcripts.