During Obama’s presidency, the Democratic Party was reduced to rubble. They lost the mid-term elections of 2010 and 2014, losing control of the House and the Senate in the process.
The Democrats’ losses were largely due to the public’s reaction to Obama’s policies. Yet now, he’s trying to help the party rebuild.
The Hill reports:
Obama plays behind-the-scenes role in rebuilding Democratic Party
Former President Obama is involved in discussions about the future of the Democratic Party, sources close to the former president tell The Hill.
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.
“Hey man, it’s only the future of the world in your hands,” Obama joked with Perez in one conversation, according to a DNC aide.
Obama’s former political adviser David Simas, who is now the CEO of the Obama Foundation, has also been making a string of calls to DNC officials in recent months.
Democrats may want to rethink this strategy. Obama is very good at promoting himself and his career but he’s been disastrous for his party.