It is not a novel observation that Obama is essentially guiding the Biden administration.
There are indications, according to a source, that Obama is covertly attempting to supplant Joe Biden, given that Biden’s age may significantly diminish his chances of victory.
Jonathan Martin of Politico reports that former President Obama recently convened a series of meetings with subordinate House of Representatives members. The aforementioned sessions took place at the Washington office of Obama and were accompanied by a variety of cheese and crackers.
The discussion’s substance is still unclear, which has led to inquiries regarding the justification for Obama’s participation at this time, especially in light of the growing perception of Joe Biden as a possible drawback.
“Jill Biden’s reported influence in the White House comes as Joe Biden has been scrutinized for being led off stage by the first lady, and appearing to be physically led away from reporters’ questions. Jill Biden has been appearing frequently at public events and plans to hit the campaign trail going into the 2024 election,” CNN reported.
A distinct report from The Guardian indicates that Jill Biden is reportedly wielding considerable sway in the background.
Behind the scenes, First Lady Jill Biden might be running the show. In an interview with David Muir, President Biden was asked about a second run, and he joked, “I gotta call [Jill] and find out.” He was kidding, but there is some truth behind his wife’s influence. A former senior adviser told Politico, “She is always his final gut check.” As of April 2023, the president officially made his re-election bid. He released a campaign video where his wife can be spotted embracing the vice president, speaking out, and politicking on the campaign trail.
A former advisor to the Head of State shared, “She is usually in the room when senior campaign staff is presenting a strategy to her husband. She will ask questions. But she never weighs in on the decision.”
“The first lady, Jill Biden, encouraged her husband to seek a second term. According to the president’s senior advisers, he will often consider her opinion before making final decisions on official matters. She is also expected to play a large role on the campaign trail as Biden faces backlash for his family. A career educator, she offers a perspective over GOP fights about book bans and other policies in schools and has served as a connection to suburban voters, particularly women,” the outlet added.
Jill Biden has been implicated in media disclosures, which claim that she attempts to exert control over her husband’s daytime activities and displays ire towards her employees, according to the sources.
A significant increase in personnel at the White House has been documented in a recent study, which pertains to the ongoing presidential term.
The number of individuals employed on the White House staff payroll has witnessed a significant increase, culminating in 524 personnel during the third year of President Biden’s tenure. The depicted number indicates an increase of 50 personnel in comparison to the previous year.
A significant contributor to this noteworthy surge can be ascribed to the substantial expansion of personnel employed by First Lady Jill Biden’s administration.
The salary information concerning personnel at the White House was divulged in the report that was submitted to Congress in 2023.
“The payroll figure is higher than last year’s total of 474, though lower than Biden’s first-year White House payroll of 560. However, the total payroll bill for 2023 still tops the $50,276,976 that made up White House salaries in 2021, according to OpenTheBooks, a nonprofit group that focuses on government spending,” according to The Western Journal.
The group estimates that the White House disbursed a total of $52 million to $53 million in wages.
Juvenile Vice President Jill Biden led a relatively modest staff of eight members in 2022. Despite this, the current workforce comprises 20 individuals, a significant increase from the previous year. Particularly intriguing is the inclusion of the position “social media platform manager,” which carries an annual salary of $113,039 USD. According to an observation by The Western Journal, this position was absent from previous staff rosters, including the one that was published in 2021.
“That means that out of the 50 more employees the White House has in 2023 compared to 2022, more than 20 percent of the growth has come from the 150 percent increase in Jill Biden’s staff. How many private employers grow their staff by 150 percent in one year?” the outlet added.