Now this is some good news! Looks like Obama finally saw the bat signal.
President Obama has been relatively quiet since leaving office, only speaking out a handful of times. He weighed in on the recent French election, endorsing Emmanuel Macron. And last week, when the Republicans were trying to pass their new healthcare plan to replace Obamacare, he put out a scathing statement denouncing their horrific plan.
“Simply put, if there’s a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family, this bill will do you harm. And small tweaks over the course of the next couple weeks, under the guise of making these bills easier to stomach, cannot change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation.”
But he’s doing a lot more than just occasionally speaking up. He’s also quietly working behind the scenes to help rebuild the Democratic Party.
Obama is involved in discussions about the future of the party. He is also working with legislators on policy. The Hill says,
“Since leaving office, he has held meetings — on a by-request basis — with a handful of House and Senate lawmakers in his office in Washington’s West End and over the phone.
In recent months, for example, he sat down one-on-one with freshman Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), according to a Democrat familiar with the meeting.
He has also met with and has had phone conversations with Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez throughout the spring, according to two sources.”
A DNC aide said that Obama joked with Perez saying, “Hey man, it’s only the future of the world in your hands.”
Obama’s former political adviser David Simas has also been making multiple calls over the past few months to DNC officials.
Obama has told the Dems that he doesn’t want to be out in front because he doesn’t want the focus to be on him. So he is instead quietly working on reshaping the party without the spotlight.
“One source close to the former president said that while Obama wants to provide space for new leadership in the party to step in, he also wants to be “an available resource” for those drafting the Democratic message.”
Obama’s plan is to unite the different factions in the Democratic Party by explaining policy nuance. The goal being a stronger more viable party with strong policy at the center.
While Obama is expected to stay out of the spotlight for now, he is planning to reemerge on the fundraising scene later this year. He will also be publicly campaigning for Democratic candidates starting this fall.