Waiting for Biden: Impatience About 2016 Takes Chaotic Turn

WASHINGTON (AP) -

He’s running! He’s about to decide! He’ll announce within two days! He’s maybe, possibly, surely, definitely going to figure it out really, really soon!

No shortage of people made assertive declarations Monday about whether Joe Biden is going to run for president.

The flood of purported revelations reverberated throughout the political world, but there was just one problem: None of it came from Biden’s lips.

Months in to his painfully drawn-out deliberations, the vice president continued his public silence. Yet several individuals familiar with his decision-making disputed claims that an announcement was imminent. No surprise: the individuals weren’t authorized to comment publicly and demanded anonymity.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest spent much of his daily briefing fielding unconventional questions aimed at yielding something — anything — about Biden’s decision. Does he look like he’s about to run? Is he agonizing over the decision?

“I’m not going to stand here and assess the vice president’s body language,” Earnest said.

Biden’s delays have increasingly put Democrats on edge, eager to know whether he’ll challenge front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton.