The Obamas Are Worried About Biden’s Chances

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It’s becoming apparent to many that Joe Biden is not all there. Just last week, for example, the country looked on in horror as the Pentagon revealed that the president had been left in the dark over the fact that the Secretary of Defense had gone ‘missing.” 

Every week, we see more “senior moments” from the president. 

The president didn’t even take the time to address the country when he recently ordered an escalation in a war against Yemeni terrorists.

The age of the president has long been a concern for many in Democratic Party as they head into 2024, but now, as we head into an election year with Joe Biden trailing Donald Trump in poll after poll, one prominent Democrat has stepped in to “help.”

The Washington Post reports that “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.

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.

Barack is not the only one in the Obama Family who fears Trump’s potential victory. “Our leaders matter. Who we select, who speaks for us, who holds that bully pulpit – it affects us in ways that sometimes I think people take for granted,” Michelle Obama said on a recent podcast, adding, “I am terrified about what could possibly happen.”

“The fact that people think that government — ‘eh, does it really even do anything?’ — and I’m like ‘Oh my God, does government do everything for us, and we cannot take this democracy for granted,’” the former First Lady claimed. “And I worry sometimes that we do. Those are the things that keep me up.”

USA Today noted that she made her comments without naming former President Donald Trump or other leaders. However, Obama also said she believes the “tone and tenor” of messages matter among the nation’s leaders.

“We can’t just say what the first thing that comes to our minds. That is not authenticity to me. That’s childish, and we see childish leadership right before us – what that looks like and how that feels, where somebody is just base, and vulgar and cynical in a leadership position,” she continued.

The Biden camp appears to be listening to his predecessor. USA Today reported, “The Biden campaign has hired three veteran Democratic operatives to lead efforts in battleground states, which includes coordinating with Democratic candidates running for other offices.

Dan Kanninen, an alumni of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaigns, will serve as battleground states director. Kanninen is the founding partner and CEO of the Democratic consulting firm Arc Initiatives.

Lauren Brainerd, a veteran of five presidential campaigns including Obama’s and Clinton’s, is the campaign’s deputy battleground states director. Brainerd worked as national coordinated campaign director at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in the 2022 election cycle.

Josh Marcus-Blank, former communications director for U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., will serve as the team’s communications director.

The new hires will supervise campaign operations in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona, Nevada, Georgia, and North Carolina.”

Julie Chavez Rodriguez, the Biden campaign manager, announced the operation was “thrilled to bring on this battle-tested states team that knows what is needed to win across the map this November.”

She said the campaign plans to build on Democratic wins in 2022 and 2023 and “oversee Team Biden-Harris’ ongoing work to build, organize, and again mobilize our winning coalition across the country this November, and work to elect more Democrats up and down the ballot. 

This team’s collective experience and talent sends a clear signal: we have a winning team that will fight to defend our democracy, rights, and freedoms.”

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