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BREAKING NEWS: Obama's Team Reveals Former President's Next Move

Former President Barack Obama has apparently had enough time lying around soaking up the sun on tropical beaches. He plans to begin stepping up again in the fall. Obama will assume the spotlight and become one of the faces for the Democratic party. While some love the idea, others aren't so sure.

Mr. Obama had vowed to take a more active role in the Democratic party’s redistricting initiative, which is slated to take off in 2020. The movement will be a party-wide effort to have political maps redrawn so votes will be redistributed. But it looks like the former Commander-in-Chief has decided not to wait. He’s planning a much quicker comeback to see if there is anything he can do to salvage the Democratic party right now.

When Obama emerges in the fall, he will begin touring the country in an effort to raise money and endorse candidates for the all-important 2018 mid-term elections. Some strategists believe it'll be a real boost for the party because of Obama's popularity.

“It’s a great moment for President Obama to emerge,” said David Wade, a Democratic strategist. “Unlike many of his recent predecessors, he left office without scandal and with high approval ratings.”

“Pundits are always going to overthink and over-analyze the pros and cons of having a former president on the campaign trail, but the truth is, there’s little downside. He has unique convening powers to draw a crowd, energize Democrats, make a closing argument, and then it is up to candidates to close the deal,” Wade added.

Some aren't so sure that this 'scandal-free' claim will be easy to sell. Obama has touted that he came out of the White House without a scandal before, but many critics argue he's ignoring scandals like the Benghazi incident and his Secretary of State being investigated for using a private email server.

One aide says Obama's involvement will have to be a 'delicate dance'. The party clearly wants him involved, but some fear that he might remain the face of the party. This could potentially steal any thunder from a viable candidate for 2020 and 2024.

Cal Jillson, professor of political science at Southern Methodist University, says Obama will have to 'tread lightly'.

“So the extent to which he would emerge and speak to a wide range of issues would preclude the emergence of someone else. They must find a standard-bearer for future elections, and I think he can at least in the short term suck up all the available oxygen,” Jillson added.

Some believe that Obama could potentially be the target that President Donald Trump is looking for. Jillson notes that Trump would 'direct his fury' at Obama. This could potentially refuel the Republican Party.

“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,” said Julian Zelizer, a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University.

Source: The Hill, Western Journalism
Photo: Western Journalism

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