Pelosi and Obama shared their doubts about Biden's reelection chances: reports

Pelosi and Obama shared their doubts about Biden's reelection chances: reports
  • Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama have discussed their concerns about Biden's ability to defeat Trump, CNN reported.

  • Obama also doesn't appear to be shutting down efforts to get Biden to step aside, according to reports.

  • Biden's poor debate performance has led to increased calls for him to drop out.

Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi are making waves inside Democratic circles as they privately express their doubts about Joe Biden's reelection campaign, according to a new report from CNN.

The Democratic heavyweights have discussed their concern that Biden may no longer be able to defeat Donald Trump this November, and they don't know what to do about it, CNN reported, citing over a dozen members of Congress, operatives, and sources close to both politicians.

"They are watching and waiting for President Biden to reach a decision on his own," a Democrat close to all three politicians told CNN on condition of anonymity.

A spokesperson for Pelosi did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider, but told CNN that, "There is no member of Congress who would have any knowledge of any conversation that Speaker Pelosi would have with President Obama. Anyone who says they do is not speaking the truth."

Even though Biden has consistently said he will not end his campaign, Pelosi has said publicly that he still needs to make a decision.

"It's up to the president to decide if he is going to run. We're all encouraging him to make that decision, because time is running short," Pelosi said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" broadcast on Wednesday.

"He is beloved, he is respected, and people want him to make that decision," she added.

By insisting that Biden still needs to make a decision despite Biden's continued assertions that he's made the decision to continue running, Pelosi — a savvy political operative — may be hinting that she's not content with the decision Biden has made.

And Obama may also be grinding the gears on his own behind the scenes. According to multiple reports, the former president may be quietly supporting — or at least not objecting to — the Democratic push to oust Joe Biden.

On the Thursday morning broadcast of MSNBC's "Morning Joe" — a personal favorite show of Biden's — host Joe Scarborough said that the Biden team believes Obama is supporting the Democratic revolt against Biden's reelection campaign.

"What's going on behind the scenes is the Biden campaign and many Democratic officials do believe that Barack Obama is quietly working behind the scenes to orchestrate this," Scarborough said on "Morning Joe," according to The Hill.

Scarborough's co-host and wife, Mika Brzezinski, chimed in, "I think Barack Obama has a lot of influence and there's a lot there."

Ever since Biden's disastrous debate performance — where he struggled to formulate his thoughts, repeatedly trailed off mid-sentence, and appeared confused at times — there have been growing calls from top Democrats for him to drop out of the race.

And major Democratic donor and Hollywood actor George Clooney joined that cacophony of doubt on Wednesday, publishing an op-ed in The New York Times in which he urged Biden to step aside.

Obama — who is close friends with Clooney — reportedly knew ahead of time what Clooney intended to write in his op-ed, sources familiar with the matter told Politico.

Though Politico wrote that Obama didn't orchestrate the op-ed, the outlet said the former president — whom Biden served under as vice president — didn't object to it.

Clooney wrote in his op-ed that he became concerned about Biden's condition weeks before the debate at a Democratic fundraiser in LA that Obama also attended.

"It's devastating to say it, but the Joe Biden I was with three weeks ago at the fundraiser was not the Joe 'big F-ing deal' Biden of 2010," Clooney wrote in the Times. "He wasn't even the Joe Biden of 2020. He was the same man we all witnessed at the debate."

Obama may have noticed the same vulnerabilities in Biden that Clooney identified that night.

For example, when Jimmy Kimmel was interviewing Biden and Obama onstage at the June event, Biden struggled to keep up with the pace of questions, and Obama was left to pick up his slack, tying together loose ends in Biden's responses, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Others in Obama's circle have been questioning Biden's ability to win and serve a second term. A number of Obama's former aides have also joined the chorus of doubts about Biden's reelection chances this November.

David Axelrod, a former advisor to Obama, said earlier this week that Biden is "dangerously out of touch" and is "not winning this race" against Trump. And the hosts of the "Pod Save America" podcast, also former Obama aides, have said Biden should seriously consider stepping aside.

Biden, however, has fervently and repeatedly argued that he's more than capable of defeating Trump and serving another four years at the top.

"I'm not letting one 90-minute debate wipe out three and a half years of work," Biden posted on X last week. "I'm staying in the race, and I will beat Donald Trump."

Representatives for Obama and the Biden campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider.

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