There are many strong reasons to believe that Joe Biden is effectively a “missing” president and that there are other people behind the scenes who are actually running the show.
Although a few of the names that have surfaced as ‘shadow presidents’ are already known, a name was recently added to the list that may surprise some people. Let’s go through these figures one at a time.
Barack Obama is an interesting case to explore, because he was notably reluctant to back his former vice president in his 2020 presidential bid.
“Barack Obama publicly endorsed presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden,” the New York Post reported in August, “But has privately expressed grave concerns about his former veep’s 2020 White House run, a report said.”
“Don’t underestimate Joe’s ability to f–k things up,” Obama said, according to an unnamed Democrat in a Politico story. But one must never take the optics dispensed by the Democratic Party at face value. Actions speak louder than words.
In November, following Biden’s presumed election victory, Obama’s sudden resurgence was noted in a Guardian piece called “The shadow of Obama.”
“He’s back with a vengeance,” the Guardian notes. “After four years lying low as Donald Trump occupied the White House, Barack Obama is suddenly everywhere again – on TV, on radio, online and in bookshops. The 44th US president’s memoir, A Promised Land, was published this week and, shifting nearly 890,000 copies in its first 24 hours, is likely to become the bestselling presidential memoir in modern American history. It topped his wife Michelle Obama’s book, Becoming, which sold 725,000 copies on day one.”
“As he promotes the 768-page tome, Obama is being asked what influence he and his allies may wield when his former deputy, Joe Biden, assumes the presidency in January,” the report goes on. “It is a double-edged sword. Biden knows that he will always be able to call on his old boss for advice – but he has big shoes to fill and could suffer by comparison.”
“I’m certain Barack would be happy to react to any question or request Biden put to him,” said David Garrow, author of Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama.
In an interview with CBS Sunday Morning, Obama said Biden “doesn’t need my advice, and I will help him in any ways that I can. Now, I’m not planning to suddenly work on the White House staff or something.”
When asked if he would consider a cabinet position, Obama deflected: “There are some things I would not be doing because Michelle would leave me. She’d be like, ‘What? You’re doing what?’”
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