Former President Barrack Obama is increasingly worried about President Biden’s re-election chances, a source close to the former president told the Wall Street Journal.
As former President Trump continues to surge in the polls, Obama has privately conceded that Democrats “could very well lose” in 2024, according to the source. Trump currently holds a two-point edge in the RealClearPolitics polling average and has enjoyed a remarkable rise in the polls since four separate indictments were brought against him.
Obama is reportedly worried that Trump’s re-election would be “pretty dangerous for democracy” and expects the race to be razor close.
The former president held a number of campaign events in support of his former vice president in 2020, though according to an August report from the Washington Post, Obama has privately warned Biden that Trump remains politically strong headed into the general election.
The meeting was described by Biden aides as a “routine catch-up,” though Obama did warn his longtime ally that Trump is a more formidable opponent than given credit for. Obama warned of Trump’s “intensely loyal following,” a “Trump-friendly conservative media ecosystem” and the overall polarization of the country.
Obama also pledged to do everything he can to help Biden win re-election in 2024.
Not everybody in Obama’s orbit is sold on Biden, however, as the president reportedly lashed out at former Obama adviser David Axelrod for suggesting that Biden should step down last month.
Biden reportedly called Axelrod a “pr*ck” in a closed-door meeting, sources who were present for the altercation told Politico. Axelrod has since backed away from his statements on X where he wrote that Biden should consider stepping aside and allowing the next generation of Democrats to jockey for their party’s nomination.