A former aide to Barack Obama has let the cat out of the bag! Obama is beginning a “delicate dance” as he reemerges on the national political scene and he is playing an active role in helping the Democratic party rebuild, but without becoming the face of the party—or becoming a lightning rod for Donald Trump.
According to insiders Obama will concentrate on fundraising.
In recent months, Obama has played a larger behind the scenes role than was publicly known, according to The Hill. He has, for example, done fundraising for the Democratic National Committee and the National Democratic Redistricting Committee since leaving office.
The Hill reported in July that he met with DNC Chairman Tom Perez as well as lawmakers at his office to give his guidance on a number of issues.
Julian Zelizer, a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University, said:
He has to be careful. At a moment when President Trump’s approval is falling so fast—including with his base—there is a risk for Obama taking center stage and triggering the energy that many Republicans currently lack.
And Cal Jillson, a professor of political science at Southern Methodist University, added:
He would be the target against which Trump would direct his fury. From Trump’s perspective nothing better could happen.