Obama Makes Move With Democrats Behind Biden’s Back

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The 2024 presidential election looming is highlighting the robust health of former President Donald Trump, who is far ahead of other contenders for the Republican nomination, and likewise highlighting the feeble state of current President Joe Biden. Although Biden has announced his bid for the presidency, his decline mentally and physically is not lost on the press.

Fox News host Harris Faulkner, for one, did not mince her words when she tore into Biden after he fell on stage earlier this month at the U.S. Air Force Academy graduation. During a segment on “Outnumbered,” Faulkner said Biden “looked like a bug” after his on-stage fall, arguing that he presented a “very vulnerable, capitulated view for an enemy.”

For the past few decades, the Democratic Party has moved farther and farther to the left. One result of that has been a migration of Democrats to the Republican party, bringing a more liberal view to the “moderates” or RINOS in the party. Another result is the extreme liberals taking hold of the Democratic Party. Leading Dems who are “progressive” are categorized by some as socialists, and the Dems who called themselves “moderates” are now farther left than ever.

Former President Barak Obama, a cornerstone of the left, has kept himself out of the limelight since Biden took office, but there are indicators that his place in the party may be headed for a greater spotlight.

Conservative Brief reports on a small but significant gathering hosted by former President Obama:

Jonathan Martin, the political bureau chief for Politico, reported Thursday that former President Barack Obama recently hosted a number of meetings with younger House Democrats which were described as “informal, but lengthy” and which “took place over cheese and crackers in Obama’s Washington office.”

Martin described the meetings as “private,” but they were not entirely secretive, as “Obama’s advisers took care to alert the Biden West Wing about the conversations.”

“The gatherings were Obama’s idea, I’m told, and were designed for the now-61-year-old former president to keep current with his party’s rising stars, more than six years after he left office,” he added. “The sessions…are striking for a number of reasons.”

He noted further:

The former president was careful to avoid criticizing Biden with the lawmakers, only encouraging Democrats to be aggressive marketing their accomplishments. They should establish their own identity, he said, while allowing that the party’s fate in 2024 would be largely tied to Biden’s success.

Multiple attendees of the conversations told me it was never fully clear to them why Obama wanted to gather. The meetings were described to me a mix of get-to-know-you chatter mixed with long-winded advice, talk of best practices and curiosity about what the lawmakers were hearing at home.

So why have the gathering? The indicators are pointing to the possibility that Obama is setting the stage for Biden to be unsucessful in 2014, and for democrats to be ready with a comeback separate from Biden.

Durning the segment on “Outnumbered” former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany showed a photo of the fall. This led to the co-hosts taking turns slamming Biden and what kind of “message” that sends to the world.

“His images often summed up a presidency and I saw his yesterday of this, he tweeted it out, and it’s just this image of the Biden presidency of him being helped up in a kind of decrepit position, and it’s, you risk an image like this defining your presidency, regardless of the sandbag, but just the questions of mental acuity and more,” McEnany offered.

Faulkner issued a similar response.

“Well, I’m just gonna say it – just before that photograph was taken, he was on the ground with his heels and the soles of his feet faced the sky and it reminded me of when he had fallen off the bike, he wasn’t clipped into the bike, but he had his feet in the clips, he wasn’t moving, he had stopped, and he tipped over and he ended up like in sort of a bug position with his heels and his hands to the- that is a very vulnerable, capitulated view to an enemy,” Faulkner said.

“And just knowing that our enemies see him like that and the soles of his feet and can’t get up on his own and that sort of thing is difficult. But having that compassion that Emily is talking about is important. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. really wants to debate this president, but he told me he was never gonna debate him. I mean, Biden can’t go do that,” Faulkner added.

Politico reports that when Obama holds meeting of the sort described, he includes progressives like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D- NY) and Maxwell frost (D-Fla.) as well as moderates such as Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ) and Haley Stevens (D-Mich.). Topics discussed are for instance how to avoid coming off as qan elitist, and the “lagging number” of black men turning out to vote.


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