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Thomas Gallatin / October 22, 2020

Desperate Obama Stumps for Biden

The former president hopes his efforts will help to salvage his dying legacy.

Barack Obama finally hit the campaign trail on behalf of his former vice president Joe Biden. At a drive-in rally event in the battleground state of Pennsylvania, Obama attacked President Donald Trump while encouraging voters to pick Biden. The truth is that Obama, ever the narcissist, is motivated not only by partisanship but by concern over saving his failing legacy.

Democrat strategist Joel Payne admits as much. “President Obama understands more intensely than anyone what’s at stake this election,” he says, “as Donald Trump has systematically attacked his legacy every day since taking office nearly four years ago.” Well, yeah — Trump’s election was indeed a repudiation of Obama’s legacy and chosen successor, so of course he’s worked to undo that legacy as he promised. Another Democrat strategist, Eddie Vale, echoed Payne, observing, “Although Biden is the one running, a lot of the work they did together in the Obama administration is what’s on the line.”

Obama himself was blistering in his attack. “I get this president wants full credit for the economy he inherited and zero blame for the pandemic he ignored,” Obama said of the year’s biggest story. Trump “isn’t going to suddenly protect all of us,” Obama declared, adding mockingly, “He can’t even take the basic steps to protect himself.”

“I never thought Donald Trump would embrace my vision or continue my polices, but I did hope for the sake of the country that he might show some interest in taking the job seriously,” Obama lectured. “But it hasn’t happened. He hasn’t showed any interest in doing the work or helping anybody but himself and his friends.” Fact check: False. Trump has kept his promise and taken seriously the work to undo Obama’s burdensome legacy. Obama might not like it, but that doesn’t make his characterization true.

The trouble for Biden is that, more often than not, Obama’s stumping for a Democrat has proven to be at best ineffective and at worst the touch of death. As The Hill’s Amie Parnes notes, “In 2016, Obama, together with Michelle Obama, campaigned for Hillary Clinton in Philadelphia on the final night before the presidential election. Even though the Obamas and Clintons drew a crowd of thousands that night, it didn’t help Clinton the following day, when she lost the state of Pennsylvania to Trump.”

Obama alluded to that fact, warning, “I don’t care about the polls. There were a bunch of polls last time, and it didn’t work out. . .. Not this time. Not this election.”

Again, one big reason Trump is president today is because Americans rejected Obama’s hard-left policies. Trump stands as a refutation to Obama’s un-American globalism-over-nationalism agenda. Obama reminds Americans of an era of economic stagnation, brought about by oppressive government regulations and higher taxes. Furthermore, it was Obama who served to reverse the long-developing trend of greater racial harmony, as he and his administration pushed divisive racial grievances and identity politics. That divide has come to define the racist Democrat Party of today.

Reminding Americans that Biden is part of the Obama legacy may actually work against Biden. But who’s going to stop a narcissist?

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