President Obama on the 2020 Elections

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Chicago Sun-Times - Lynn Sweet
Obama to jump off sidelines for Biden with Sanders quitting presidential bid

Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders had several conversations in recent weeks, a source told the Chicago Sun-Times.


Sen. Bernie Sanders’ decision Wednesday to end his 2020 presidential campaign unleashes former President Barack Obama to finally get off the sidelines and campaign to defeat President Donald Trump.

Obama stayed out of the primary out of deference to the many Democrats running when the contest started more than a year ago. With Sanders out, Obama is free to jump in for his former vice president, Joe Biden. A source told the Chicago Sun-Times that Obama and Sanders have had several conversations in recent weeks.

Even when it became clear last month that Biden would be the presumptive nominee, Obama was not going to make a move until Sanders, the independent democratic socialist from Vermont, folded his second run for the White House.

In a livestream from his home in Burlington, Vermont, Sanders, said, “As I see the crisis gripping the nation, I cannot in good conscience continue to mount a campaign that cannot win and which would interfere in the important work required of all of us in this difficult hour.”

And with that, Biden vaulted into the November general election.
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Politico - Ryan Lizza
Barack Obama wins the Democratic primary

Released from his self-imposed neutrality, the former president will soon make the case for Biden that Biden has had trouble making himself.

In the end, the most influential politician of 2020 may be the one who has been the most silent.


With Bernie Sanders exiting the race and Joe Biden taking on the mantle of presumptive nominee, the man who hovered quietly over the race for more than a year, Barack Obama, will soon return to the political fray.

Obama wanted Sanders to have the day to himself and so he refrained from speaking (or tweeting) publicly on Wednesday. But Obama had always said his role in the primaries would be to unite the party when it’s over, and he’s been in close contact with both campaigns as the pandemic both froze the race without a clear victor and also made it more obvious that Biden would eventually prevail.

“Over the last few weeks, he’s had multiple conversations with candidates, including Sen. Sanders, about how to best position the Democratic Party to win in November,” said a source familiar with those calls. “While the content of those conversations remain private, there was always agreement that winning in the fall was paramount.”
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But... but... Trump knows Obama knows Something Bad about Biden! So it can’t be that Obama was waiting until Bernie bowed out.
Donald Trump's secret theory about Barack Obama's endorsement


"You know what? I'll tell you, it does amaze me that President Obama hasn't supported Sleepy Joe. It just hasn't happened. When is it going to happen? When is it going to happen? Why isn't he? He knows something that you don't know, that I think I know, but you don't know. So it'll be interesting."

So, according to Trump, former President Barack Obama has held off on endorsing his vice president for president because "he knows something that you don't know, that I think I know, but you don't know."

It's also worth remembering that Obama stayed out of 2016, which featured his former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, until the summer -- when the primary process had formally concluded.

So it's not terribly surprising that in early April Obama hadn't endorsed Biden -- especially since Sanders just left the race on Wednesday. If, in three months time, Obama is still on the sidelines, that's a story. But, there's no chance he will be.

Of course, Trump knows all of this. ("I'm sure he's got to come out at some point because he certainly doesn't want to see me for four more years," Trump said of Obama at another moment of the press briefing on Wednesday.) And he doesn't care.
https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/09/politics ... index.html
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Vox: Barack Obama endorses Joe Biden for president

Obama: “I believe Joe has all the qualities we need in a president right now.”

Former President Barack Obama endorsed his old running mate Joe Biden for president in a video message Tuesday.
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New York Times: ‘Accelerate the Endgame’: Obama’s Role in Wrapping Up the Primary
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Associated Press: Obama emerges as central figure in 2020 presidential race

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly eight years after he was last on the ballot, Barack Obama is emerging as a central figure in the 2020 presidential election.

Democrats are eagerly embracing Obama as a political wingman for Joe Biden, who spent two terms by his side as vice president. Obama remains the party’s most popular figure, particularly with black voters and younger Democrats, and Biden’s presidential campaign is planning for him to have a highly visible role in the months to come.

For President Donald Trump, that means an opportunity to focus the spotlight on one of his favorite political foils. In recent days, Trump and his allies have aggressively pushed conspiracy theories about Obama designed to fire up the president’s conservative base, taint Biden by association and distract from the glut of grim health and economic news from the coronavirus pandemic.

“Partisans on both sides want to make this about Obama,” said Ned Price, who served as spokesperson for Obama’s White House National Security Council.

The renewed political focus on Obama sets the stage for an election about the nation’s future that will also be about its past. As Biden looks to Obama for personal validation, he’s also running to restore some of the former president’s legacy, which has been systematically dismantled by Trump. The current president is running in part to finish that job.
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Obama Says U.S. Lacks Leadership on Virus in Virtual Commencement Speech
The virus has “torn back the curtain on the idea that the folks in charge know what they’re doing,” the former president said. “A lot of them aren’t even pretending to be in charge.”
Former President Barack Obama delivered a virtual commencement address on Saturday. It was one of his few public addresses to a national audience during the outbreak, and he said a leadership void had created a clear mandate for the graduates.


By Audra D. S. Burch and John Eligon
May 16, 2020
Updated 4:06 p.m. ET

Without the springtime rituals of traditional graduation ceremonies, former President Barack Obama delivered a virtual commencement address on Saturday, urging thousands of graduates at historically black colleges and universities “to seize the initiative” at a time when he says the nation’s leaders have fumbled the response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The speech combined the inspirational advice given to graduates with pointed criticism of the handling of a public health crisis that has killed more 87,000 Americans and crippled much of the economy.

“More than anything, this pandemic has fully, finally torn back the curtain on the idea that so many of the folks in charge know what they’re doing,” Mr. Obama said in an address streamed online. “A lot of them aren’t even pretending to be in charge.”

It was one of his few public addresses to a national audience during the outbreak, and he said a leadership void had created a clear mandate for the graduates: “If the world’s going to get better, it’s going to be up to you,” he said.


https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/16/us/b ... peech.html

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To which Trump replied, Fuck the law. I don't give a fuck about the law. I want my fucking money.

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Here's the first event -- these must be driving IMPOTUS & Co. nuts.


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New York Times: Read the Full Transcript of Obama’s High School Commencement Speech

Former President Barack Obama gave a commencement address to the nation’s high school seniors. Here is what he had to say.
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To the editors of the NYT: please refrain from reprinting the coming speech of individual-1 at the West Point Campus :cantlook:

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