Former President Barack Obama has an active role in rebuilding the Democratic party, The Hill reported Sunday.
Obama, who left office January 20, has regular â€œcheck insâ€ with Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez, oneÂ aide toldÂ The Hill. He will campaign for Democratic candidates this fall andÂ publicly decriedÂ the Republican plan to replace Obamacare.Â (RELATED: Obama Trashes Senate GOP Health Care Bill)
The former president has a larger role behind the scenes of the Democratic party. Heâ€™s met privately with various lawmakers who are trying to build party consensus after a devastating presidential election in 2016 and multiple defeats in special elections this spring.
â€œ[Obama] doesnâ€™t want the focus to be on him,â€ one source close to Obama said. â€œHe doesnâ€™t want to be out in front.â€
During one conversation with Perez, Obama said â€œHey man, itâ€™s only the future of the world in your hands,â€ a DNC staffer told The Hill.
Obamaâ€™s staff confirmed that the president would return to the campaign trail this fall to stump for Ralph Northam, the Democratic candidate in Virginiaâ€™s gubernatorial race. (RELATED: Obama Going Back To Campaigning Months After Leaving Office)
Itâ€™s normal for former presidents to takeÂ some time away from politics after leaving office, but usually they return to the public sphere. After leaving office in 2001, Clinton considered seeking a post at the U.N. but worked to build up the Clinton Foundation instead while his wife Hillary Clinton went into electoral politics.
George W. Bush took a different approach and has largely avoided the public sphere for private life on his Texas ranch.
â€œWell the other person who has served as a role model for me for a long time was George H. W. Bush, who famously said once you leave the stage you stay off the stage, and I thought long and hard about that,â€ Bush said at The Hoover Institute in 2012. â€œAnd decided that not being on the stage was something I am comfortable with.â€
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