Barack Obama visited the White House for a private lunch where he warned Joe Biden about President Donald Trump’s massive popularity ahead of the 2024 election, according to reports.
Insiders reportedly told the Washington Post that, during their secret White House meeting, Obama promised Biden he would do everything he could do all he could to help the Democrat president get reelected in 2024.
Shortly after the meeting, President Trump was hit with politically motivated charges, according to the report.
The insiders reportedly told the Post that Obama was careful not to hurt Biden’s feelings so instead he focused on how strong Trump still is.
Obama warned Biden that Trump could be a more formidable candidate than many Democrats realize.
“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,” the Post reports.
“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.
According to The Washington Post:
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.