Former President Obama Criticizes Biden Campaign Approach

( – Former president Barack Obama is among those criticizing President Biden’s campaign strategy.

The discussion came during a private lunch held at the White House, where the two discussed topics that included the 2024 election. Obama reminded Biden of his own campaign strategy during the conversation between Obama, Biden and Biden’s campaign team.

He suggested the campaign team be empowered to make decisions or have more top-level decision-makers at its Wilmington, Delaware headquarters. Obama reminded Biden of his 2012 campaign structure, where his aides took control of the re-election strategy from his headquarters in Chicago. While Biden’s aides currently make all of the key decisions about his campaign, they do so from the White House. Biden’s campaign manager, Julie Chavez Rodriguez, is the only one based at the campaign headquarters, as his top political advisers Mike Donilon, Jen O’Malley Dillon, Steve Ricchetti and Anita Dunn remain at the White House.

He also offered to have his former campaign aides counsel Biden’s team, suggesting David Plouffe, who managed Obama’s campaign in 2008, as the type of senior strategist the Biden campaign needs.

Though they differ on campaign strategy, Obama participated in a fundraiser for Biden where the top donor had a chance to meet both Obama and Biden. The event raised more than $2.6 million in donations, bringing the total amount Obama has helped Biden raise to more than $4 million.

Former Obama adviser David Axelrod told Biden last year he needed to “ramp up” his strategy, saying, “Get out or get going.”

Obama is not the only Democrat concerned with Biden’s campaign structure, with some stating they may be unable to win with Biden on the ballot.

The principal deputy campaign manager for Biden’s reelection campaign, Quentin Fulks, defended Biden’s campaign strategy Jan. 7 during an interview on NBC News’s “Meet the Press.” He added that Biden and Obama were committed to ensuring former President Donald Trump is not re-elected.

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