There is an unspoken tradition among presidents not to interfere in the administrations of their successors. However, it seems that Obama has thrown tradition away and is trying to keep himself involved in politics as long as possible – and do as much damage to the Trump administration as he can.
According to Politico, Obama has been planning on pushing former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, an anti-Trump Democrat and a member of Obama’s inner circle, to run for president in 2020 and stop President Trump.
Patrick is Obama’s newest favorite to run as the Democrat contender in the upcoming election three years from now. An ardent anti-Trump figure, Patrick believes that Trump is governing by fear, economic nostalgia, and encouraging casual racism in the United States.
Valerie Jarrett, Obama’s close advisor, who moved into their family home to better assist them in eroding the Trump administration, also supports Patrick’s potential presidential run. She stated that Patrick running is her heart’s desire.
“The president, I believe, is at risk of diminishing the voice of the presidency because he pops off so often, and so, kind of, carelessly. I think there is a risk both domestically, and internationally for that matter, that we’ll begin to tune him out,” said Patrick, in addition to other critiques of the president.
Ironically, ever since he received mixed public opinion polls during his tenure as governor, Patrick has been working at Bain Capital running a new equity fund–the same Bain Capital that Mitt Romney worked for and was harshly attacked for. How he intends to deal with the anti-Wall Street Democrats who supported Bernie Sanders will be telling.
However, Patrick is still unsure of whether he intends to go through with a presidential bid, saying, “I’m trying to think about how to be helpful…It’s way, way too soon to be making plans for 2020.”
Obama’s push for Patrick is an effort to see his legacy make a comeback, as Trump stands against everything that he completed in the past eight years.
In order to do so, the former president has taken measures into his own hands, creating a secret “war room” with the purpose of hashing out media talking points for the day as well as TV ads against Trump. One close family friend anonymously said Obama’s goal is to oust Trump from the presidency, whether that be by forcing his resignation or through impeachment.
It seems that Obama is covering all his bases by planning for the 2020 presidential campaign. In a way, he is recognizing that the constant media harassment might not be enough to defeat the Trump administration, especially considering the president’s support from average Americans who are tired of the mainstream media.
As Obama continues to play politics behind the scenes to further his agenda–in spite of the will of the American people–we must remain vigilant against the machinations of his inner circle.