Prominent House Democrats have reportedly engaged in private gatherings with former President Barack Obama, indicating his continued interest and involvement in the Democratic Party. As per Politico, Obama arranged informal and extensive group discussions during the spring season to establish connections with the next generation of Democratic leaders.
Obama reportedly held meetings with several individuals who are considered rising stars in the Democratic Party. Among them were Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Representative Mikie Sherrill from New Jersey, Representative Haley Stevens from Michigan, Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro, and Representative Marie Gluesenkamp Perez. According to Politico, the discussions encompassed a range of topics, with a notable emphasis on strategies for Democrats to avoid being perceived as elitist. During these conversations, Governor Josh Shapiro’s proposal to eliminate college degree requirements and Representative Marie Gluesenkamp Perez’s emphasis on her background as a millennial auto shop owner were notable ideas that were discussed.
Despite Obama’s commitment to supporting President Joe Biden and maintaining a low profile, participants in these private gatherings have acknowledged the potential benefits of his public presence for the party. It is worth noting that during the 2020 election, Obama initially delayed endorsing Biden until it became necessary to do so. While Obama delivered a campaign speech for Biden, their limited interaction after the event has led some to speculate about their relationship and raise questions about Obama’s confidence in Biden’s capabilities.
Nevertheless, these closed-door meetings demonstrate Obama’s ongoing efforts to remain connected with the Democratic Party and its emerging leaders. However, the nature of their discussions does raise inquiries about Obama’s perspective on whether Biden is the most suitable candidate for the Democratic party to rally behind in the upcoming 2024 election.