After eight years as President of the United States, Barack Obama and his family seemed to have set off into the sunset for a life outside of the stressful, sleepless world of politics.
On the day of President Trump’s inauguration, the Obama Foundation YouTube channel posted a video titled “What’s Next from Barack and Michelle Obama.” In the video, the former President and First Lady say they are rejoining the public as “private citizens,” and at no point do they mention any future for them in politics.
In late February, several news outlets reported on comments made by Eric Holder, who served as Attorney General of the United States from 2009 to 2015. Holder, who is a “good friend” of Obama, said “He’s coming,” but where is he coming? Will Obama lead the Democratic party is an attempt to get Trump out of the White House, or will he work in some form with the National Democratic Redistricting Committee? According to Holder, the latter is more likely.
Holder said Obama could indeed work with the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC), whose goal is to ensure that “Democrats can fight back and produce fairer maps in the 2021 redistricting progress.”
As seen in a Democratic Party favorable rating trendline published by The Huffington Post, the Democratic Party’s ratings are falling. Since July 30th, 2016, the “favorable” rating for the Democratic Party has gone from 45% to 39.6%.
So it is not surprising if members of the Democratic Party want Obama to give them the helping hand that they so desperately need.
A Shadow Presidency in the Works
Now, reports are coming out that give an even stronger hint of an impending return by Obama. On March 13th, the U.K.’s Daily Mailreported on a “secret meeting” between Barack Obama and tech bosses after “lunching with Warren Buffett.” Since President Trump took office, Obama has heard many calls from liberals urging him to stand at the forefront of the “resistance” against President Trump and his agenda.
In its report, The Daily Mail called the meeting part of a “shadow presidency,” which refers to a group of billionaire liberals who are trying to strangle Trump’s administration in its crib.
Susan Buffett, the daughter of Warren Buffett, declined to say what was discussed at the meeting, but she said the meal was not a fundraiser.
Reid Hoffman, executive chairman and co-founder of LinkedIn, had this to say about the meeting:
I would be surprised if he did not spend a significant amount of his post-presidency time and effort connecting the resources and ideas and capabilities that he has learned about in Silicon Valley with the kinds of causes that he will choose.”
Tech workers, who were said to be at the meeting, took part in protests against Trump, especially against his so-called “Muslim ban.” Logically, it makes sense to infer that the former president is working to combat the current president, and this meeting was an opportunity for him to meet with like-minded people that can help him achieve his goals.