A former President Barack Obama aide said that he was beginning the “delicate dance” as he re-emerges on our national political scene this fall. Apparently, Obama wanted to have an active role helping rebuild the Democratic party. However, he didn’t want to turn into the face of the party, nor become a lightning rod for Trump.
What is Barack Obama doing?
According to insiders expectations, he is going to focus on fundraising. Recently, Obama has been playing a larger behind the scenes role than the public knew about. Since leaving office, he has done some fundraising for the Democratic National Committee and the National Democratic Redistricting Committee. Additionally, in July, he met with the DNC Chairperson, Tom Perez. He also met with lawmakers that were giving him guidance on various issues.
However, Obama apparently didn’t want to stir Trump’s obsession with him more. He will not be interested in pulling the focus from the party and their attempts to refocus the message and move forward.
According to Julian Zelizer, a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University, Obama should be careful. “At a moment when President Trump’s approval is falling so fast—including with his base—there is a risk for Obama taking center stage and triggering the energy that many Republicans currently lack.”
Additionally, Cal Jillson, a professor of political science at Southern Methodist University said, “He would be the target against which Trump would direct his fury. From Trump’s perspective, nothing better could happen.”
Since Obama left office, his approval rating has remained at 63% high, while Trump’s approvals continue diminishing, currently under 37%.