President Joe Biden is proving to be a real drag on Democrats. Even Michelle Obama can attest.
Despite her Oprah-like celebrity status, the former first lady spoke at a “sparsely attended” event about boosting Democratic party turnout on Monday, Breitbart reported.
Michelle Obama snubbed
Not even an appearance from Hollywood star Selena Gomez was enough to draw an audience for Obama’s “Culture of Democracy” event at a Los Angeles soccer arena. The event was hosted by Obama’s “voting rights” group, When We All Vote.
Of course, whenever Democrats urge people to “get out and vote,” they really mean “vote for Democrats.” But Gomez, in gushing remarks introducing Obama, insisted that the group had a “non-partisan” mission to boost turnout among demographics that just happen to support Democrats.
“This work is bigger than one party, one election, or one moment. Our goal is to increase voter participation, especially among Black, brown, and young voters, and to change the culture around voting,” Gomez said.
Obama urged Democrats who are demoralized by the Biden era to channel their frustration into — yep — voting for Democrats.
“I want to implore every American who cares about our democracy not to just get angry or dejected. I want you to get active,” Obama said.
Obama warned that when Democrats sit home, “other people” will still go out and vote and that democracy is “fading” because of Republican voter ID laws.
“No one has the luxury to sit out or stay at home just because you’re not feeling excited enough,” she said. “If you don’t vote, other people will.”
The left-wing Associated Press described Obama’s event as “sparsely attended.” Lack of enthusiasm has become a serious concern for Democrats ahead of the midterm elections as Biden bleeds support with his 2020 coalition, especially young people and Hispanics. Voters in general have soured on him.
When We All Vote’s board includes Tom Hanks, Jennifer Lopez, Hamilton composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Megan Rapinoe.
Obama is the author of a best-selling memoir, and she has been floated occasionally as a presidential contender as Democrats scramble to replace Biden. A new poll finds that Obama is the second choice of Democratic primary voters, with 16% saying they would vote for her in 2024.