Barack Obama, who has remained a quiet force behind the scenes in the Biden administration, has spoken out quite forcefully about the danger of the current president losing his re-election campaign to former president Donald Trump.
The concerning development for the Biden campaign was noted by NBC.
The Washington Post, a publication known for signaling in the Democratic Party, had recently aired the Obama camp’s alleged frustrations with the Biden campaign, which portends ill for the current president’s prospects.
Former president Barack Obama has raised questions about the structure of President Biden’s reelection campaign, discussing the matter directly with Biden and telling the president’s aides and allies the campaign needs to be empowered to make decisions without clearing them with the White House, according to three people familiar with the conversations.
Obama grew “animated” in discussing the 2024 election and former president Donald Trump’s potential return to power, one of the people said, and has suggested to Biden’s advisers that the campaign needs more top-level decision-makers at its headquarters in Wilmington, Del. — or it must empower the people already in place. Obama has not recommended specific individuals, but he has mentioned David Plouffe, who managed Obama’s 2008 race, as the type of senior strategist needed at the Biden campaign.
Plouffe is currently a board member of the Obama Foundation, and served as White House Senior Advisor to President Obama. The Washington Post then provided an overview of the forum where Obama reportedly made his critical remarks.
Obama’s conversation with Biden on the subject took place during a private lunch at the White House in recent months, one of the people said, a meeting that has not been previously reported. Biden, who has long used Obama as a sounding board, invited his former boss to lunch, and the two discussed a range of topics including the 2024 election.
During the lunch, Obama noted the success of his reelection campaign structure in 2012, when some of his top presidential aides, including David Axelrod and Jim Messina, left the White House to take charge of the reelection operation in Chicago. That is a sharp contrast from Biden’s approach of leaving his closest aides at the White House even though they are involved in all the key decisions made by the campaign.
Obama also recommended that Biden seek counsel from Obama’s own former campaign aides, which Biden officials say they have done, the people said.
It is certainly interesting optics for a former president who has remained conspicuously muted during the first three years of the Biden administration to suddenly speak up so pointedly about his former vice president’s flagging re-election odds.
Will Barack Obama once again play kingmaker in the Democratic Party to thwart a vaunted presidential rival? The political winds definitely are blowing in the direction — and they threaten to take the physically and mentally deteriorating Joe Biden along with them.
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