An MSNBC panelist on "Morning Joe" said Friday, the day of President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, that he could not help but think in a parallel universe that Vice President Joe Biden was being sworn into office.
"Joe, I was thinking, too, watching Vice President Biden there, that there is a parallel universe where Joe Biden is taking the oath of office today standing up on that stage," Willie Geist said to co-host Joe Scarborough.
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"Right," Scarborough said.
Geist then explained why Biden could not have run for president.
"Obviously there were circumstances, the tragic loss of his son–he decided he needed to be with his family," Geist said. "These are the moments of history here, and we're watching them."
"But Joe Biden obviously explained to us that morning in Philadelphia during the Democratic National Convention what Hillary Clinton and her campaign were doing wrong in not reaching out to those kind of voters, and he was proven correct in the end," Geist continued.
Biden ended speculation that he might run for president back in October 2015.
However, he has flirted with the idea of a 2020 run because "what the hell," the Washington Free Beacon reported in December.
When reporters on Capitol Hill asked Biden if he would run for office again after his term comes to a close, he responded, "Yeah, I am. I am going to run in 2020." When pressed to clarify which position he would seek, the vice president retorted, "For president, what the hell man."
Biden later hedged that he was "not committing not to run," CNN reported.