POTUS confirms to Barack Obama that he plans to run in 2024: report

POTUS confirms to Barack Obama that he plans to run in 2024: report

Even if Democrats get clobbered in the 2024 midterms as many pundits are predicting, that doesn’t necessarily mean that President Joe Biden won’t seek reelection in 2024. President Barack Obama and President Bill Clinton both watched their party suffer brutal midterms losses — Clinton in 1994, Obama in 2010 — only to be decisively reelected two years later. And according to reporting in The Hill, Biden recently told Obama that he definitely plans to seek reelection in 2024 if he is still in good health.

Amie Parnes and Morgan Chalfant of The Hill report that two sources described recent conversations between Biden and Obama. According to one of the sources, the 79-year-old Biden “wants to run, and he’s clearly letting everyone know,”

That source told The Hill, “I believe he thinks he’s the only one who can beat Trump. I don’t think he thinks there’s anyone in the Democratic Party who can beat Trump, and that’s the biggest factor.”

That is assuming, of course, that Trump decides to run for president in the 2024 election and receives his party’s nomination. But even if Trump doesn’t run, 2024’s GOP presidential nominee is likely to be someone very Trumpian — perhaps far-right Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, perhaps Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri, perhaps Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee.

Biden has been plagued by weak approval ratings in recent months. But Democratic strategist Basil Smikle told The Hill that Biden’s low approval ratings won’t necessarily stay that way.

“He can recover,” Smikle told The Hill. “A lot will depend on the outcome of the midterms. If Democrats don’t fare very well, he’ll be going into 2024 from a position of weakness, if you will.”

Barbara Perry, who serves as director of presidential studies at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, cited Clinton, Obama and President George W. Bush as three examples of presidents who faced challenges and struggles during their first terms but were reelected.

Parnes and Chalfant report, “Obama, Perry noted, had a difficult first two years in office with the recession, a slow recovery and turmoil surrounding the legislative battle over the Affordable Care Act. Others, like former Presidents Carter, who also grappled with staggering inflation, and Trump, were unable to come back from low points to win a second term.”

President George H.W. Bush, another one-term president, had stellar approval ratings two years into his presidency only to be voted out of office in 1992, when the U.S. was facing a tough recession.

Perry told The Hill, “There’s good news and there’s bad news for Biden.”

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