Prospective Democratic presidential candidates have been having secret meetings with Barack Obama.
In addition to launching the resistance to Donald Trump through his deep state loyalists, Barack Obama seems to be a kingmaker as far as the DNC is concerned. Republicans need to remind voters about this leading up to the midterms this year as well as for the 2020 campaign. While Clinton was the one who lost the election, Barack Obama saw millions of his former voters choose Donald Trump. Now with Donald Trump putting America first after the Obama administration sent SWAT thugs to raid Gibson for the sake of foreign laws, I don’t think Obama has much to offer to help anyone get elected.
Politico reports, “Inside Obama’s secret meetings with 2020 contenders.”
Barack Obama has in recent months met with at least nine prospective 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, including Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden and Deval Patrick, pulling them in for one-on-one sessions at his Washington office.
All the meetings were arranged quietly, without even some close advisers to the people involved being told of the conversations, in part because of how much Obama bristles at his private meetings becoming public knowledge. All have been confirmed to POLITICO by multiple people who have been briefed on the secretive sit-downs.
The meetings have been at Obama’s personal office on the third floor of the World Wildlife Fund building in D.C.’s West End neighborhood, and they show how a stream of ambitious, searching politicians are looking for guidance and support from the man who has remained the reluctant leader of the Democratic Party, eager to be involved, though not directly. He’s not making any promises of support, though, and is not expected to endorse in the 2020 race until after a nominee has emerged.
Obama so far has avoided direct conflict with President Donald Trump — save for a few public statements criticizing his moves attempting to dismantle the Iran nuclear deal, Obamacare and the protection program for Dreamers, though without naming Trump.
But Obama is concerned about how his own party is responding, and how it can be best positioned to win in the midterms and in the next presidential cycle to beat back the president and his politics.
He doesn’t see himself as the person to come up with the plan, people who know about the meetings say, but he is eager to be a sounding board and counselor to the Democrats he sees as playing a role in shaping the party’s future.
Obama’s office declined comment on all the meetings.
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