Obama sees his legacy slipping away.
He knows that if Trump wins a second term, it will be almost completely gone.
He also knows what a weak candidate Joe Biden really is. So naturally, he wants to get involved and help as much as he can.
The Washington Examiner reports:
‘Heartbroken’ Obama ‘eager’ to help Biden defeat Trump in election
Former President Barack Obama seems “very eager” to help ex-Vice President Joe Biden defeat President Trump.
Obama insiders reportedly expect the former president to campaign for Biden during the remainder of 2020, though he previously did not have confidence in the former vice president’s ability to win the election.
“He is very eager to do this,” a former senior Obama official told the New York Post. “I certainly expect President Obama to be very active.”
Sources continued to say that Trump’s presidency has left Obama “heartbroken,” listing the federal government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic as a reason for a change in leadership. “The coronavirus disaster and the [federal] government’s inability to lead on it is searing in his brain … more than anything else Trump has done,” a second insider told the New York Post. “Obama is generally heartbroken by the Donald Trump presidency.”
Obama tried to help Hillary Clinton in 2016, too. It didn’t work out too well for them.
Professor William Jacobson of the Legal Insurrection blog makes an exc ellent point about this:
Joe Biden doesn’t have what it takes to take on Trump. He’s become a sad figure as he struggles to complete sentences, keep track of his thoughts, and find words. He never should have been pushed to run for president…
I’m not sure Obama jumping into the fray ultimately will help Biden. While it will send many thrills up the legs of the media, it also will motivate Trump voters and will drive home the image of Biden as someone who is so feeble he needs help from his former boss.
If Obama really wanted to help Biden, he might suggest to him that it’s time for him to retire.