Obama and Biden Reunite as Former President Joins 2024 Race Ahead of Schedule
Obama and Biden Reunite as Former President Joins 2024 Race Ahead of Schedule

Washington: Barack Obama will enter the political arena in 2024 earlier than he did during either the previous presidential election or last year's midterm elections because President Joe Biden is using the opportunity for donors to meet the two of them to raise money for his reelection campaign.

In an email to supporters, it was suggested that they give money in exchange for the chance to "meet President Biden and President Obama." The email also included a fictitious text message exchange in which Biden asks Obama, "Hey pal, what do you say we band together to thank some grassroots supporters in person?" and Obama responds, "See you there," along with a grinning emoji wearing sunglasses.

Over a picture of the two taking a selfie, Biden also wrote on the X platform, formerly known as Twitter, "You and a guest could win a trip to meet @BarackObama and me."

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Despite the fact that the 2024 election is still about 15 months away, Obama has frequently campaigned across the nation for his former vice president and Democratic leaders.

In the days leading up to last November's election, when Democrats defied historical precedent and performed far better than expected, picking up a seat in the Senate and narrowly losing control of the House to Republicans, the former president campaigned for Democrats in crucial swing states like Wisconsin and Nevada. In the year leading up to the midterm elections, he also raised money for the Democratic National Committee in a manner similar to how he is doing it now for Biden.

In the summer of 2020, while the coronavirus pandemic was still going on, Obama and his former No. 2 released a joint video to promote Biden. It showed the two having their first socially awkward meeting since the pandemic started, defending the Obama administration's record while disparaging then-President Donald Trump as unworthy of the Oval Office.

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Later that fall, Obama campaigned for Biden at drive-in events in Florida before joining his former running mate for an outdoor rally in Philadelphia the final weekend before the election. But those initiatives only materialised after Obama chose to remain neutral during the contentious 2020 Democratic presidential primary, which Biden rallied to win after suffering early setbacks in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada.

Eric Schultz, a senior adviser to the Obama administration, stated last week that "just as he always has, President Obama looks forward to supporting Democrats up and down the ballot next fall, and no race has bigger stakes than President Biden's reelection."

"Creating impact will be the cornerstone of our strategy. We put a lot of emphasis on coming up with innovative ways to connect with new audiences, particularly through tools that can be directly linked to volunteer activations or voter mobilisation, Schultz said in a statement at the time. We carefully choose our opportunities because we want to make a difference.

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The Biden reelection campaign claims that its top surrogates, including Obama, are primarily focused on the campaign's current top priorities, which include raising money. Accordingly, offering a meeting between Biden and Obama to entice donors does not necessarily indicate that the former president will soon be out canvassing for Biden.

While this has been the case, Biden himself has put more of an emphasis on governing than campaigning since announcing his reelection bid in April. The only 2024 rally the president has been to so far was a gathering in Philadelphia in June that was organised by many of the top labour unions in the country.


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