Former President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, are stepping up their political participation ahead of the midterm elections in November, measures aimed at bolstering Democratic enthusiasm as the party seeks to regain control of Congress.
The advisors give a speech Barack Obama will give on Friday, when he accepts an ethics in the government's award, as the moment in which he will return to get involved in politics after spending most of his post-presidency in the partisan margins.
He will enter the fray in a more traditional sense campaign on Saturday, when he rejects several Democratic candidates from the California House of Representatives at an event in Orange County.
Meanwhile, Michelle Obama will lead voter registration rallies in Las Vegas and Miami later this month during a week of action by a new non-partisan organization, When We All Vote, which she co-chairs. Encourage voting in November and future elections.
Direct message: Obama will be marked & # 39; by confronting the current political environment, including President Donald Trump, and what has led to this moment in American politics.
Preview of Friday's address, a consultant said that Obama would be "marked" to face the current political environment, including President Donald Trump, and what has led to this moment in American politics.
The advisor was not authorized to publicly discuss Obama's thinking and insisted on anonymity.
Obama will campaign on Saturday for several Democratic candidates from the California House of Representatives at an event in Orange County. It recently supported 81 Democrats in 13 states, and a second wave is expected in the fall.
Campaign activity will continue through October and will include fundraising appearances. While Obama will be visible during the general election phase, he will not be a daily presence in the election campaign, the adviser said.
While many Democrats call for Obama's increased presence, advisers said he has taken a more discreet role, in part, to create space for a new generation of party leaders to develop.
He is also said to be well aware that he does not have a solid track record in helping Democrats win in years when he is not on the ballot, and that his presence can have the effect of energizing Republicans, according to the counselor.
The three priorities of the former president are to help the Democrats regain control of the House, help their party win seats in the Senate and support state candidates to influence the process of redistricting for future parliamentary elections.
Obama has collaborated with Democratic candidates or with statements condemning the policies of the Trump administration, but has not helped the Democrats frame their opposition to Trump.
His campaign activity would be in stark contrast to his predecessor, George W. Bush, who largely avoided the trail in 2010, the first midterm election after handing over the presidency to Obama. Bush had adopted a policy of withholding public comment on his successor.
She has also returned: Michelle Obama leads two non-partisan demonstrations to encourage voter registration
After his presidency, Bill Clinton campaigned during the 2002 midterms, the first under Bush.
For her part, Ms. Obama will hold voter registration rallies in Las Vegas on September 23 and Miami on September 28, said Stephanie Young, director of communications for When We All Vote.
Ms. Obama announced last month that the organization is encouraging Americans to commemorate the 53rd anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, which prohibits racial discrimination by voting, holding events from September 22 to 29 in their communities to register the people to vote.
"This is important," he told the volunteers in a conference call on Wednesday. "If we organize and do things and make these events exciting … it will make a difference."
Mrs. Obama urged people to be creative & # 39; and to think outside the box & # 39; when planning events.
It has long been one of the most popular projects among Democrats, but it remains an open question if she will campaign for any Democratic candidate. She has maintained a low profile since leaving the White House in January 2017, which limits her political commitment at the moment to help When We All Vote.
Her much anticipated memory, "Becoming," will arrive in stores on November 13, exactly one week after the mid-term vote, and Mrs. Obama is expected to spend most of her time until then preparing for the world publication of the book and its subsequent media tour
In addition to Mrs. Obama's events in Las Vegas and Miami, Janelle Monae, another co-chair of When We All Vote, is scheduled to host an event at Spelman College in Atlanta on a date to be announced.
The events in Las Vegas, Miami and Atlanta are among those planned for other co-chairs to host in a dozen key cities, including Detroit, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Chicago, New York, Pittsburgh, Nashville, Tennessee, Houston and Cleveland .
Other co-chairs are actor Tom Hanks, creator of "Hamilton" Lin-Manuel Miranda, Chris Paul of the NBA and singers Faith Hill and Tim McGraw.