Why Obama still matters to both Biden and Trump

Why Obama still matters to both Biden and Trump
President Obama bows to then-emperor of Japan Akihito

[Ed. – The authors conveniently omit the most critical way in which the Obama presidency matters to Donald Trump. Without those eight years, marked by failed efforts to turn the U.S. into a European-style socialist democracy, a stagnant economy, and a number of scandals that the media allowed Obama to skate on, Trump might never have been elected to undo the damage.]

It’s a classic political moment — the still-popular former president hitting the trail for his loyal former deputy, helping to close strong for the man he wants to see continue his legacy.

But even if former President Barack Obama was filling a stadium as opposed to its parking lot on Wednesday, this would not be a moment for nostalgia among Democrats.

As Obama makes his first in-person campaign visit on behalf of former Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday in Philadelphia, it’s worth remembering how vital the former president is to the political identity of both Biden and President Donald Trump.

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Obama has been an omnipresent force this campaign, if often slightly off-stage. Biden’s references to “Barack and I” helped carry him through primaries where Obama stayed neutral, and Trump’s rants about “Obamagate” and other exaggerated alleged transgressions are part of his greatest-hits rally rotation.

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