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Down on Their Luck, Democrats Are Bringing Back Obama

The former president will begin a “delicate dance” of helping Democrats but staying above the day-to-day fray…

Obama Returns

Since exiting the White House in January, former President Barack Obama has largely stayed out of the public eye. And while public appearances may remain few and far between, a new report from The Hill says he will become more involved in helping shape Democrats’ strategy ahead of the midterm elections:

Aides will huddle with Obama in the coming weeks to plot out what shape the former president’s fall schedule will take. Advisers close to him say that while he will play an active role in helping his party rebuild, much of his work will be behind the scenes.

He is likely to take on fundraising, for example, something he has done for the Democratic National Committee and the National Democratic Redistricting Committee since leaving office.

NTK has reported in recent months that Obama has pitched in to help former Attorney General Eric Holder’s redistricting group, which aims to gerrymander districts in Democrats’ favor.

In June, Obama also spoke in support of Obamacare on Facebook, and one outlet reported he would hit the campaign trail this fall in support of Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam.

Although eager to help, The Hill story noted Obama’s fear of becoming a “foil” for President Trump to rally against, should he carve out a larger public profile in future months.

After failing to get his would-be successor Hillary Clinton elected, the former president is likely looking to settle the score with Republicans as the midterms draw nearer.