'Sheriff' Biden's '09 recession battle echoes in pandemic recovery

WASHINGTON — In 2009, President Barack Obama named Vice President Joe Biden his “sheriff” who behind the scenes would lead the administration’s economic recovery effort after the financial crisis and supervise the distribution of $787 billion.

Now Biden assumes the presidency amid another recession causing devastating hardship. This time he’s the mayor of Dodge with Treasury Secretary-designee Janet Yellen wearing the sheriff’s badge — and they’re overseeing a stimulus on a far...