Former President Barack Obama privately met with President Joe Biden in June, cautioning him that former President Donald Trump is a “more formidable candidate” than many Democrats realize, as reported by The Washington Post.
Pledge to Support Biden’s 2024 Re-Election
During the private lunch, Obama pledged his support to campaign with Biden for his 2024 re-election bid, expressing concern over Trump’s intensely loyal following, the Trump-friendly conservative media ecosystem, and the polarized country, which could make Trump a strong opponent.
No Specific Agenda for the Meeting
The lunch was part of the leaders’ regular “catch-up” meetings, where they discuss a range of political, policy, and personal matters, including updates about their families. The specific agenda for the June 27 meeting was not disclosed, but Trump’s polling and influence over the Republican Party were major topics.
Obama to Reprise Election Strategy
Obama’s aides stated that he plans to reprise his successful playbook from recent elections. In the past, he held large rallies in swing states, hosted fundraisers for Biden and other Democratic candidates, cut ads for competitive congressional races, and engaged with young voters through nontraditional settings like ESPN’s Manningcast and collaborations with TikTok influencers.
Fall Fundraising for Biden’s Campaign
According to sources familiar with Obama’s campaign plans, the former president will begin fundraising for Biden this fall, focusing on creative ways to reach new audiences and mobilize voters.
Biden’s Gratitude for Obama’s Support
Biden’s campaign spokesperson, TJ Ducklo, expressed gratitude for Obama’s unwavering support and looks forward to campaigning side-by-side with him to secure a victory in the 2024 election and fulfill their objectives for the American people.