Former President Barack Obama has a private lunch with President Joe Biden where Barack warned Joe that former President Donald Trump is massively popular and could win in 2024. Obama promised Biden at the meeting to do everything he could do all he could to help Biden get reelected. Biden is a terrible candidate and cannot deliver a stump speech. While Joe hid in his basement, Obama was giving the most effective Dem speeches.
But they can’t hide Biden this time. According to the report, Obama was careful not to hurt Biden’s feelings so instead of slamming Joe’s anemic campaign he focused on how strong Trump still is:
“Obama was visiting the White House for what Biden aides described as a regular catch-up between the two men who served in the White House together for eight years.
“During their lunch, Obama made it clear his concerns were not about Biden’s political abilities, but rather a recognition of Trump’s iron grip on the Republican Party, according to the people.”
Eric Schultz, a senior adviser to Obama, said:
“We place a huge emphasis on finding creative ways to reach new audiences, especially tools that can be directly tied to voter mobilization or volunteer activations.
“We are deliberate in picking our moments because our objective is to move the needle.”
“President Biden is grateful for his unwavering support, and looks forward to once again campaigning side-by-side with President Obama to win in 2024 and finish the job for the American people,” TJ Ducklo, a spokesman for the Biden campaign, said.
Obama, who remains highly popular among Democrats, is his party’s most sought-after surrogate, although his exact role in the 2024 cycle has not yet been determined. Obama aides say the former president is likely to reprise his playbook from recent elections.
In 2020 and 2022, Obama held large rallies in swing states, hosted fundraisers for Biden and other Democratic candidates and cut ads in some of the most competitive congressional races.
He also appeared in nontraditional settings aimed at connecting with young voters, such as ESPN’s Manningcast during “Monday Night Football,” collaborations with TikTok influencers and an interview during the NBA Finals.
…Obama is slated to ramp up his political activity in the coming months, starting with a fundraiser later in August in Martha’s Vineyard to benefit the National Democratic Redistricting Committee.
That group, launched by Eric Holder, who was attorney general under Obama, aims to combat Republicans’ success in drawing legislative and congressional districts.
Obama is expected to begin fundraising for Biden in the fall, a person familiar with the plans said.