Obama Hits Campaign Trail For First Time Since Leaving Office, Supports Democrats In Virginia And New Jersey

Reuters reports:

Former President Barack Obama returns to the campaign trail on Thursday for the first time since he left the White House, venturing out to support Democrats in two governor’s races that could offer a clue about the national mood before next year’s midterm elections.

Obama, who has spoken at private party fundraisers but largely steered clear of electoral politics since leaving office in January, will make public appearances on behalf of Democratic candidates in Virginia and New Jersey – the only two states holding off-year elections for governor.

Those Nov. 7 contests will be closely watched to see if Democrats can turn the grassroots resistance to Republican President Donald Trump into electoral wins after falling short earlier this year in four competitive special congressional elections.

  • Talisman

    DNT really needs to step up, cultivate young talent, and pour money into the local and state races.

    • Ernest Endevor

      This is true. I think the amount of money required to run stifles new talent.

  • Rolf

    “It’s all I can stands, I can’t stands no more”
    Popeye
    Welcome back Mr. President. There are no words for how much you have been misseed.

  • Tawreos

    Is Trump endorsing the GOP candidates? Will he come out on the campaign trail and go head to head with Obama? It sounds like one of those events where they will sell you the whole seat, but you’ll only need the edge.

    • Talisman

      If the Alabama race is any indication, the dumpstst will endorse the losing candidate and then whine about it.

      But he will not stump for any of them. That would cut into his valuable golfing weekends.

      • bkmn

        He will only show up if they can pack a venue with lots of his morons/adoring fans – its all about him.

      • Tawreos

        He has a golf course in NJ, so he might hit that one, and Virginia is just outside of DC so he is close enough to make a stop on the way to a different golf course. Plus I doubt he will pass on the chance to make a rally all about him.

    • clay

      I believe the VA GOP candidate told Turmp, “No thanks.”

      • Tawreos

        He didn’t want the Luther Strange bump off that Trump gave him?

  • bkmn

    The big name is great but if you live in VA or NJ please volunteer some of your time if you can. We need to work our asses off to get every voter to the polls to change the course of the country.

  • gaycuckhubby

    I know he doesn’t owe us anything, but how would you like to see Obama participate in the resistance?
    I don’t know how I feel about it. I wish you was out there everyday but probably isn’t the right role for him.

    • JCF

      Do 100 1-day Community Organizer workshops (targeting Purple states!) between now and Election Day 2018 (includes speech to larger audience at each location).

  • northern_neighbour

    Best possibly news imaginable for this morning!

    Obama represents everything, … the intelligence, the respect, the class, the, compassion, the sensitivity, and the RATIONALITY that a REAL President would need to project to this suffering and flailing nation.

    (And he is not a quitter, now going into EXTRA MILES for his country).

    Even though he really gave his all, pretty much, when he was the LEGITIMATE President in every sense in the WH, unlike his FAKE USURPING Scumbag Successor #45.

    You GO Barack! …. your continuing enthusiasm for your country and the personal sacrifice of your time and energy are profound! And you are a PRINCE among MEN.

  • aagold76 .

    glad he’s in Va- hope he goes to Alabama! When his name wasn’t on the ticket- he never was much of a campaigner.

  • greenmanTN

    I don’t know what role he will choose to play in campaign politics but clearly with the current administration all the old rules are out the window so fuck precedent and decorum. He did get his start as a community organizer and if the non-Right US community needs anything it’s organization.

  • Bj Lincoln

    Now here’s a man I would pay $250.00 to see! Pence…not at all.

  • leo77

    Murphy will win here in NJ, but I have no idea to what extent that will reflect a “national mood”.

  • TuuxKabin

    Please, Sir, do not go high. Please. For now.

  • stuckinthewoods

    O/T: a senior Ohio (R) Representative Pat Tiberi may be resigning the House early.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/18/us/politics/tiberi-republican-resign-ohio.html

  • Mike b.

    I hope he includes Alabama too.

  • stuckinthewoods
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  • JWC

    Providing there is no Russian help

  • Steven B

    He needs to go to Alabama.

  • JAKvirginia

    Oh, good. Now I can watch the news without wanting to vomit. It will be wonderful to hear a president talk in clear, coherent sentences again.

    • Hank

      I am keeping my fingers crossed for you in VA. Cannot think of a WORSE choice, than Gillespie!!! Having lived in DC, I know him and find him distasteful!!!

      • JAKvirginia

        Thanks. But y’know what the key is here? Voting. I said it in 2016 and I’ll say it again. Now, it’s personal. If you know any Dem, liberal or progressive who doesn’t vote, cut them off. Out of your life. This IS crunch time.

        • The_Wretched

          Or offer them a ride to the polling both and ask them to renew their registrations.

          • JAKvirginia

            I don’t mean to be pissy, but some points:

            If they can’t make it to polling places there are absentee ballots. They should have gotten one.

            Registration renewal is easier than most think. A simple phone call has the answers.

            Voting is a civil duty and a right. If they can’t or won’t bother themselves even a tiny bit to vote, then I have little sympathy for them.

          • The_Wretched

            We know from the data, however, that impediments to voting do have a real and substantive impact on the over all number of cast votes. That you or I can get around them pretty easily isn’t the point.

  • andrew

    The Democratic Party sure needs your support and guidance Mr. Obama.

  • JCF