A struggling Joe Biden has been forced to ask for the help of his former boss as he has proven himself incapable of successfully garnering support on his own.
Just days after the Democratic nominee enlisted Elizabeth Warren for a fundraising round, Biden decided to do the same with former president Barrack Obama.
Despite being arguably one of the worst presidents in U.S. history, the Obama name carries a decent amount of weight with donors and propelled Biden towards an $11 million dollar fundraising day – a personal record.
The haul at the grassroots fundraiser — $7.6 million from 175,000 grassroots supporters and the rest from top-dollar donors — breaks the former vice president’s previous record which was recently established thanks to the Elizabeth Warren appearance.
Double digit fundraising days are almost standard for the Trump campaign who noted that it hauled in $10 million at Saturday’s rally in Tulsa, Okla., the president’s first since the coronavirus pandemic. It also brought in $14 million a week earlier on Trump’s birthday.
The former president told the roughly 120,000 people who dialed into the virtual fundraiser — versus millions for online viewers of Trumps Tulsa rally — that “there’s nobody that I trust more to be able to heal this country and get it back on track, than my dear friend Joe Biden,”
Obama attempted to bash President Trump by praising himself and former President George W. Bush saying, “my predecessor who I disagreed with on a whole host of issues still had a basic regard for the rule of law and the importance of our institutions…There were shared ideals of human rights and rule of law.”
Obama’s apparent attack on Trump’s “ideals of human rights” is an interesting approach for a president who was responsible for funding ISIS and launching drone strikes on civilians in the middle east among a host of other human rights violations largely swept under the rug by liberal media outlets.
Obama then proceeded to argue that Biden would take over the White House from a president who is undermining “the very foundations” of the country.
Taking aim at Trump without naming the president, Obama claimed the incumbent in the White House “suggests facts don’t matter, science doesn’t matter… suggests that a deadly disease is fake news. That sees the Justice Department as simply an extension and arm of the personal concerns of the president. That actively promotes division and considers some people in this country more real as Americans than others.”
While political strategists and pundits agree that an active Obama can only help a lackluster Joe Biden, the former president waited until there were no other Democrat options before throwing his weight behind Biden.
The question is can Obama rescue a weak and seemingly mindless Joe Biden whose campaign has been rocked by things such as blatantly racist comments and evidence backed claims of sexual assault?
It’s worth noting that Obama’s support was not enough to secure the election for the heavily favorited Hillary Clinton in 2016.
The Trump campaign hit back at Biden over Obama’s help.
“The lure of President Barack Obama still can’t give the Biden campaign the level of unprecedented enthusiasm we see nightly from millions of President Trump’s supporters,” Trump campaign deputy press secretary Ken Farnaso said ahead of the event.
“President Trump built a historically strong economy once and he is doing it again. In contrast, the Obama/Biden dismal track record of record-slow economic recovery and high taxes devastated our economy and come November the American people will not put our country in the hands of that same failed leadership.”