Eric Thompson

Obama Allies Urge Biden to Drop Out for 2024 Election

In recent developments, key figures within the Democratic Party, including allies of former President Barack Obama, have reportedly begun urging President Joe Biden to step down from the 2024 presidential race.

Concerns over Biden’s age and his perceived ability to effectively campaign and govern have sparked these discussions.

As the 81-year-old tries to show his leadership credentials at a NATO summit in Washington, domestic pressure is mounting on Joe to quit following his disastrous debate performance against Republican challenger Donald Trump.

Prominent Democratic strategist David Axelrod, a long-time advisor to Obama, has voiced concerns about Biden’s re-election bid. Axelrod highlighted Biden’s age as a significant issue, saying, “The most important thing is that he has to make a decision based on whether he believes he can fulfill the demands of the office for another term.”

Adding to the chorus of voices urging Biden to reconsider his candidacy is Hollywood actor George Clooney, a vocal supporter of the Democratic Party. Clooney has reportedly reached out to Biden, advising him to prioritize the nation’s future over personal ambition.

Clooney’s involvement underscores the growing concern among influential Democrats about Biden’s viability as a candidate.

The Hollywood star hosted a fundraiser in California that featured former President Bill Clinton, Obama and Biden.

During it, as seen in a clip that went viral, Biden is seen freezing for several seconds before Obama grabs his wrist and appears to lead him off stage. The White House called the video a “cheap fake,” falsely saying it was edited to make the president look bad.

On Wednesday the Clooney wrote that during the fundraiser the president was showing signs of cognitive decline.

“In the last four years, he’s won many of the battles he’s faced,” Clooney wrote in a New York Times op-ed. “But the one battle he cannot win is the fight against time. None of us can. It’s devastating to say it, but the Joe Biden I was with three weeks ago at the fund-raiser was not the Joe ‘big F-ing deal‘ Biden of 2010. He wasn’t even the Joe Biden of 2020. He was the same man we all witnessed at the debate.”

Former President Barack Obama, though publicly supportive of Biden, is said to be privately encouraging him to consider stepping aside. Obama’s influence within the Democratic Party remains substantial, and his opinion carries significant weight.

“I respect those who genuinely believe Biden has the best shot of winning in November. I disagree, but we’re all making our best guess based on available information,” Tommy Vietor, a former Obama administration staffer and Favreau’s co-host on ‘Pod Save America,’ wrote in a tweet. “But the people who say shut up, stop talking about it, ignore data like this should be laughed out of politics.”

The push for Biden to step down is part of a broader strategy to ensure the Democratic Party remains competitive in the 2024 election. Potential candidates to replace Biden are already being discussed, with names like California Governor Gavin Newsom and Vice President Kamala Harris being floated as possible alternatives.

The party is keenly aware that a strong, energetic candidate is crucial to counter the Republican challenger, who is expected to be formidable regardless of whether it’s Donald Trump or another GOP contender.

This internal pressure comes at a critical time for the Democratic Party. With the primary season approaching, any delay in deciding on a candidate could have significant repercussions.

The party must balance the need for a robust campaign with the necessity of presenting a united front against the Republican opposition.

Critics of the Democratic Party’s current trajectory argue that Biden’s administration has failed to deliver on key promises, which has led to disenchantment among the base. High inflation, concerns over border security, and foreign policy challenges are some of the issues that have eroded Biden’s support.

These critics believe that a change in leadership could revitalize the party and restore confidence among voters.

On the other hand, some Democrats argue that pushing Biden out could create a perception of instability and division within the party. They believe that Biden, with his experience and record of legislative achievements, remains the best candidate to lead the party to victory in 2024.

They point to Biden’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and his efforts to pass significant infrastructure legislation as key accomplishments that should not be overlooked.

The next few months will be crucial for the Democratic Party as it navigates this internal debate. Whether Biden decides to heed the advice of his allies and step down or chooses to forge ahead with his re-election campaign, the decision will have profound implications for the party’s future.

In this period of uncertainty, the Democratic Party faces a pivotal moment. The decision regarding Biden’s candidacy will shape the party’s strategy and its chances of retaining the White House in 2024.

As the debate continues, one thing is clear: the Democratic Party must carefully weigh its options and choose a path that ensures the best possible outcome for both the party and the nation.

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