President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, is stepping back into the world of politics.
I think it’s fair to say the world misses Barack Obama, even if you didn’t like him or agreed with his policies during his time in office at least he held a sense of decorum and reassurance as president.
After two terms in the Oval Office he with his family took a well earned break from the political spotlight, but now he’s ready return to the stage once again to drum up votes for the Democrats in Virginia and New Jersey.
Although it may come as a shock, Latino and African American votes for the Democrats were significantly down in last year’s presidential election.
Usually the Hispanic and African American vote is guaranteed for the Democrats, however in key states such as Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin the turnout took a serious dip in last year’s election. One of the key factors which political analysis attribute to Donald Trump being elected into office.
Obama will be hitting the campaign trail on Thursday for the first time since leaving office. His appearances will hope to inspire African American voters to elect Virginia’s lieutenant governor, Ralph Northam, in Richmond and financier Philip Murphy in Newark, New Jersey – two white candidates in predominantly black cities – into office.
This comes as Democrats are struggling to appeal for African American voters, a dilemma which has plagued them since Obama’s rise to power; persuading voters to stick with their party now that the candidate they love is no longer running.
According to The Independent, Democrat representative for Louisiana and chairman of the congressional black caucus, Cedric Richmond, warned that:
If the party doesn’t change what they’re doing, we’re not going to take back the House, we’ll lose seats in the Senate and folks will come around after and say, ‘What happened?’
He went to say his party was:
… doing a pathetic job of reaching out to minority voters.
Clearly Obama campaigning for Democrats, to drum up support from African Americans, is a short-term answer. Yes, he will appeal to those who still hold reservations about the party but in the long run they can’t rely on him on to guarantee electoral success.
He’s done his service for America, amicably, therefore Democrats need to think of a secure future for the party where they no longer need to rely on the presence and charisma of the president.