Dear Commons Community,
Former President Barack Obama earlier this week warned Democrats against thinking that they have the 2020 presidential election in the bag. Most national polls have Biden with a comfortable and in some cases a double-digit lead.
“We can’t be complacent or smug or sense that somehow it’s so obvious that this president hasn’t done a good job, because look, he won once,” Obama said of President Donald Trump during a virtual fundraiser for and with the presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
“This is serious business,” Obama continued during the online event that raised a reported $11 million for his former vice president’s campaign.
“Whatever you’ve done so far is not enough,” he said. “And I hold myself and Michelle and our kids to that same standard.”
Obama, who endorsed Biden via a video in April, warned that “just because this energy is out there, it does not mean that it assures our victory.”
He also acknowledged Biden’s campaign would look different to a traditional campaign amid the coronavirus pandemic that has now killed more than 120,000 people nationwide.
“Unlike our current president, we recognize that we have a public health crisis going on,” said Obama, an apparent reference to Trump’s decision to press on with hosting rallies against the advice of public health experts and as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases start to rise again in multiple states.
As I posted on Sunday, “Biden and the Democrats right now have to view Trump as a caged tyrant who will do anything to win. They have to develop a mentality that they are the underdogs in this election and fight tooth and nail for every vote.”