Our favorite former president is coming out of the woodwork for an important fundraiser.
Ever since the end of his presidency in January, Barack Obama has been mainly laying low in the political world. This week though, Obama will be speaking at a fundraiser for the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC). Obama wants to help his party get back on their feet to push back against Trump and his administration in a meaningful way.
The NDRC redistricting efforts are mainly to fight back against Republican gerrymandering and therefore help Democrats in upcoming state races and elections.
The NDRC’s chairman, Eric Holder, and Nancy Pelosi will also be making appearances at the fundraiser this Thursday.
Former president Barack Obama will formally reenter the political fray this week less than six months after leaving office, headlining a fundraiser for a group that could prove critical to the Democratic Party’s rebuilding efforts.
Obama’s appearance Thursday before a few dozen people at a closed-door event in the District on behalf of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC) highlights the balance he is trying to strike as his party seeks to regain its footing at both the state and national levels. Obama does not want to cast “a long shadow,” in the words of Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez, but he remains a central figure for a party that has yet to settle on a single strategy to combat President Trump.
Perez said in an interview Sunday that while some Democrats have urged Obama recently, “You’ve got to get out front on issue X or issue Y,” the former president wants instead to “build the bench” for the party. Democrats suffered a greater loss of power during Obama’s tenure than under any other two-term president since World War II.
…The NDRC’s executive director, Kelly Ward, would not say how much the fundraiser is expected to bring in. But she said Obama “still has such a microphone” to help convince donors to invest in state-level races and help in “shining a light” on a phenomenon that influences the outcome of elections year after year.
It is obvious that Obama really cares about the American people and is still making his best effort to continue to fight for us and protect us.
Obama has so much class and dignity, and he is truly missed in the White House.