Obama Is Secretly Meeting With Potential 2020 Candidates

Hannah Bleau

Of course Obama is working behind the scenes. Of course.

According to this report from Politico, former President Obama is secretly meeting with potential 2020 candidates. We’re not just talking a small handful of individuals, either. Word has it he’s already met with nine people including Joe Biden (duh), Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.

HAHAHA OMG. They have NO ONE. These are their A-listers.

The meetings are all “one-on-one sessions.”

All the meetings were arranged quietly, without even some close advisers to the people involved being told of the conversations, in part because of how much Obama bristles at his private meetings becoming public knowledge. All have been confirmed to POLITICO by multiple people who have been briefed on the secretive sit-downs.

The meetings have been at Obama’s personal office on the third floor of the World Wildlife Fund building in D.C.’s West End neighborhood, and they show how a stream of ambitious, searching politicians are looking for guidance and support from the man who has remained the reluctant leader of the Democratic Party, eager to be involved, though not directly. He’s not making any promises of support, though, and is not expected to endorse in the 2020 race until after a nominee has emerged.

Obama is devastated that Trump is ruining his legacy. You have NO idea how much that warms my cold, black heart.

Many of the conversations have circled around Obama holding forth about how much Democrats should be heading into the midterms talking about the investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election versus focusing on kitchen table issues. Don’t chase the shiny objects, he tells them. Don’t hyperventilate over the flash of any tweet. Think about what’s going to stick in the long term.

This has all happened against the backdrop of Obama’s continuing work on his memoir, which he fell behind schedule on writing and for which he does not yet have a release date. He’s also been doing major fundraising for his foundation, and building out a stronger sense of what sort of programs it should have to fulfill his vision of it as a social organizing engine for creating more good in the world.

And he’s continued to make those very well-paid speeches.

I know it’s weird to say, but this is actually kind of heartening to hear. It shows that Democrats are truly out of ideas. They don’t know what to do. They have nothing to bring to the table. They only know how to #resist, and I don’t see that helping them politically anytime soon.

Keep it up, guys. Run Warren and keep #resisting. We appreciate the help!

h/t Politico