Obama phoned Biden after debate offering support as ‘private counselor,’ warns winning now harder: report

Former President Barack Obama spoke with President Joe Biden after his disastrous debate performance and has reportedly also expressed concerns in private to Democratic allies.

While he publicly came out supporting his former VP amid the fallout from last week’s debate against presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, Obama has reportedly expressed his concerns about Biden’s reelection chances to others in private.

“Former president Barack Obama has privately told allies who have reached out to him that President Biden’s already tough path to reelection grew more challenging after his shaky debate performance on Thursday — a harsher assessment of the presidential race than his public comments, according to several people familiar with his remarks,” the Washington Post reported.

Obama reportedly had a phone conversation with the feeble 81-year-old president in an outreach meant “to offer his support as a sounding board and private counselor,” according to WaPo which cited anonymous sources.

“President Biden is grateful for President Obama’s unwavering support since the very start of this campaign as both a powerful messenger to voters and a trusted adviser directly to the president,” Lauren Hitt, a spokeswoman for the Biden campaign, said in a statement.

While Biden’s dumpster fire debate sent Democrats into a panic, Obama came out publicly to show support, acknowledging the face-off against Trump was not the win the Biden camp had hoped for.

“Bad debate nights happen. Trust me, I know. But this election is still a choice between someone who has fought for ordinary folks his entire life and someone who only cares about himself,” Obama wrote on X.

The day after the debate, Obama expressed his support for Biden again when he made an appearance at a fundraiser in New York for House Democrats. Last month, the former president appeared with Biden at a Los Angeles fundraiser with George Clooney that raised more than $30 million. An April event at Radio City Music Hall in New York City featured Biden, Obama, and former President Bill Clinton.

“But for months, Obama has shared with Biden and friends his deep concerns about Trump’s political strengths and the real possibility he is elected again in November,” the Washington Post noted. “In December, during a private lunch at the White House, Obama discussed the need for Biden to empower his campaign apparatus, suggesting he install a more senior-level decision-maker at the Wilmington headquarters. The next month, Jennifer O’Malley Dillon and Mike Donilon left the White House to serve as campaign chair and chief strategist, respectively.”

In the wake of the debate implosion, Biden and his family blamed everyone but himself for his failures.

Frieda Powers

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