President Obama won’t be on the ballot in 2020, but he is meeting with some of the Democrats who are looking to run for president, giving them advice on how to challenge President Trump, according to news reports. . .
It’s a unique role for a former president who’s seen Mr. Trump, in less than two years, wipe away much of his legacy, from environmental policy to immigration decisions to trade agreements to the Iran nuclear deal.
To date he’s met with Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, and Bernard Sanders; former Vice President Joseph R. Biden; former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick; former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu; Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti; South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Peter Buttigieg; former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander; and former Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., CNN reported, citing a Democrat “close to the former president.” . . .
Mr. Obama left office promising to mentor Democrats, saying he wanted to build a more durable party. His chief effort has been trying to get a better outcome out of the decennial redistricting process, which draws the lines for U.S. House districts. . .
Antjuan Seawright, a Democratic strategist and CEO of Blueprint Strategy, views Mr. Obama as a great unifier whose voice is needed ahead of the 2018 and 2020 elections, but he also thinks there’s a place for 2016 nominee Hillary Clinton to lend a helping hand to future 2020 candidates. (Read more from “Why Is Obama Meeting With 2020 Hopefuls?” HERE)