Obama Plans to Return to Politics, Help Democrats in a ‘Delicate Dance’

By Katelyn Caralle

Former President Barack Obama will publicly reemerge on a national scale this fall in an effort to help the Democratic Party, but the move is worrying some strategists.

An Obama aide told the Hill this will be the beginning of a “delicate dance” that aims to cast Obama in the public eye but prevent him from remaining the face of the Democratic Party.

Close advisers to Obama say he plans to take on a proactive role in helping his party rebuild. Since leaving office, Obama has done fundraising for the Democratic National Committee and National Democratic Redistricting Committee, and has also provided guidance to DNC chairman Tom Perez and lawmakers.

But some critics worry his return to the spotlight will risk bolstering Republican competition.

“He has to be careful,” said Julian Zelizer, professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University. “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.”

Cal Jillson, professor of political science at Southern Methodist University, said Trump would revel in Obama’s reemergence and use the former president as a target to “direct his fury.” This would …read more

Source:: Washington Free Beacon