Former President Barack Obama gave a rousing show of support for the unpopular Joe Biden last weekend. This came despite the incumbent increasingly falling out of favor among national Democrats — some of whom are calling for him to step aside.
Many believe the former president is the real shotcaller in the 2023 Democratic Party.
Obama shared a video on X, formerly known as Twitter, of the 15th anniversary of his victorious 2008 presidential campaign. He boasted that for eight years, he and Vice President Biden “worked to deliver change for the American people.”
Seems like Barack Obama is running a shadow government and Joe Biden is the mouthpiece.
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— David A. Clarke, Jr. (@SheriffClarke) November 3, 2023
The former president poured it on thick, saying he “couldn’t have asked for a better vice president and friend. He added that his supporters “helped bring that progress to folks across the country. Yes, we can. Yes, we did.”
The video showed Biden praising Obama’s victory as a sign of “great progress” for the nation.
Biden’s approval rating among his own party tumbled a staggering 11 points in just the past month, according to the latest Gallup polling numbers. This put the Democrat at 75% approval from the rank and file, the worst showing of his presidency.
This drop sent his overall approval rating down to a meager 37%, which matches his low-water mark.
Support from independents, a key block in any presidential election, also dropped four points to only 35%. Only 5% of Republican voters support Biden, according to Gallup.
One of Obama’s top advisors while he was in the White House sang a far different tune on Sunday. David Axelrod suggested on X that Biden should consider dropping out of the race for the White House as he trails Trump in several battleground states he won in 2020.
Axelrod noted, “It’s very late to change horses; a lot will happen in the next year that no one can predict & Biden’s team says his resolve to run is firm.”
He added his belief that Biden will be the Democratic nominee if he stays in the race. “What he needs to decide is whether that is wise; whether it’s in HIS best interests or the country’s?”
Axelrod’s words are a far cry from those of his former boss, but he may be more in line with the party’s faithful. Several polls revealed that most Democrats prefer someone at the top of their ticket other than the incumbent.