While President Obama has not yet publicly commented on the field of 2020 Democrat challengers, nor has he backed anyone specifically, a new report out today from the NYT says he is quietly coaching many of them behind the scenes on how to beat Trump (as if they could).
Not only that, but Obama-era advisors are doing the same thing, according to the report.
If you want to talk “collusion” how about starting here?
Take a look:
From the NYTimes via MSN:
Mr. Obama had no role in the event, but it unfolded in his political shadow: As presidential hopefuls like Senators Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar and Sherrod Brown auditioned before them, the donors wondered aloud whether Mr. Obama might signal a preference in the race, according to three people briefed on the meeting, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Mr. Axelrod said he had been sharing his own perspective, not speaking as an official Obama emissary. But his forecast matches what Mr. Obama has told friends and likely presidential candidates in private: that he does not see it as his role to settle the 2020 nomination, and prefers to let the primary unfold as a contest of ideas. Michelle Obama, the former first lady, also has no plans to endorse a candidate, a person familiar with her thinking said.
Yet if Mr. Obama has all but officially taken a vow of neutrality, he remains the party’s most convincing model for success at the national level, and continues to shape the mind-set and strategy of Democratic presidential candidates.
He has counseled more than a dozen declared or likely candidates on what he believes it will take to beat President Trump, holding private talks with leading contenders like Ms. Harris, Mr. Booker and Senator Elizabeth Warren; underdogs like Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind.; and prominent figures who remain undecided on the race, like Eric H. Holder, his former attorney general, and Michael R. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York.
During these informal conversations, usually at his office in Washington, Mr. Obama has offered a combination of supportive advice and sober warnings, cautioning candidates that running for president is a more punishing process than they could ever imagine, according to seven people who have spoken with him directly or were briefed in detail on the meetings.
Mr. Obama continues to express frustration that he did not anticipate Mr. Trump’s victory, these people said, even after years of clashing with the forces of right-wing populism as president. He has urged candidates to push back on Mr. Trump’s bleak and divisive rhetoric about economic change, and to deliver a competing message that can resonate even in Republican-leaning areas, courting rural voters and other communities that tend to distrust Democrats.
“President Obama counsels candidates to always show up and make their case even in areas or in front of audiences they may not necessarily win; express views and positions that reflect their genuine beliefs; and share a positive vision for the country true to their own personal story,” he said.
The discreet role Mr. Obama is taking reflects his longstanding ambivalence about acting as a partisan political leader, and has the potential to disappoint Democrats who pine for him to intercede more decisively. Known for his lack of interest in intraparty wrangling when he was president, Mr. Obama has privately voiced both an impatience to move on from politics and an urgent sense of responsibility to do what he can to thwart Mr. Trump.Even former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. does not expect to secure Mr. Obama’s backing if he runs, according to allies of Mr. Biden’s.Eric Schultz, a senior adviser to Mr. Obama, said the former president was encouraged by the “diverse, experienced and principled” field of candidates taking shape, and said Mr. Obama had been “happy to speak privately with candidates seeking his guidance on the best way to lead the country.”David Axelrod, Mr. Obama’s former chief strategist, told the group they should expect no such directive. Mr. Axelrod confirmed in an interview that he briefed the gathering, recalling: “They asked me about Obama endorsing. I said, ‘I don’t imagine he will.’”A secret meeting of former President Barack Obama’s financial backers convened in Washington early this month: Organized by David Jacobson and John Phillips, Mr. Obama’s former ambassadors to Canada and Italy, the group interviewed an array of 2020 presidential candidates and debated whether to throw their wealth behind one or two of them.
Mark Taylor calls this "Obama's Third Term":
Taylor stated that many other prophetic signs have recently been given, the like the 20-year old horse named “Barack Obama” that was euthenized just two weeks ago!
Didn’t hear about that story in the Media? Here it is, from the CitizenTimes:
TRYON — A 20-year-old Anglo-Arab gelding horse named Barack Obama was euthanized Friday in Tryon, where it was competing in the FEI World Equestrian Games.
The horse, ridden by Team New Zealand’s Jenny Champion, competed in the endurance championship at the equestrian games earlier in the week. It was transported to the Endurance Treatment Clinic from the second loop of a 120-kilometer ride, which had been shortened as some teams were misdirected at the start.
The event later was canceled due to concerns of heat and humidity, World Equestrian Games spokeswoman Gayle Telford said.
Telford said the horse was treated for kidney problems at the Tryon International Equestrian Center before being transferred to the Tryon Equine Hospital “for further treatment.” The horse’s owner, Mark Round, elected to euthanize it after consulting with Champion and veterinarians.
Barack Obama competed in international endurance events since 2009, including six 160-kilometer rides, Telford said. Champion began riding the horse in 2014.
Taylor says this is far from a coincidence and is a prophetic sign that Obama will soon be “stripped of the Presidency.”
Taylor says the only way an ex-President can be stripped of the Presidency is if he is found guilty of treason.
Can you see all the dots coming together?
There is so much more in here. Taylor says California will likely turn RED in 2020. He says Trump has been appointed by God, and Taylor does not fear the weapons formed against him.
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