The 2020 Democrat Presidential field continues to grow.
But Democrat voters are waiting for one man to make a decision before they decide which candidate to back.
And now Barack Obama has a surprise announcement about 2020 that will change everything.
Back in 2017, Barack and Michelle Obama signed multi-million dollar book deals.
Michelle Obama’s memoir debuted last year and is the highest selling memoir of all time with more than 10 million copies sold.
The former First Lady travels the world holding events that fill ten thousand seat arenas, which has stoked the speculation that she could jump into the Presidential race at any moment.
And now Barack Obama is getting in on the act.
Obama’s post-Presidency memoir is due to be published and Obama is not messing around.
The book will debut in 2020—right smack dab in the middle of the Presidential campaign.
A massive publicity tour will accompany the release of the book and Obama will hit the road in the middle of the Democrat Presidential primaries.
The first question any reporter will ask him will be if he intends to endorse a candidate.
Obama’s former Vice President Joe Biden rocketed to the top of the polls upon announcing his candidacy, but Obama pointedly refused to endorse his former number two.
If Obama is traveling the country during the Democrat Presidential primaries and again refuses to endorse Joe Biden, then his opponents could seize on that lack of support.
Other Democrat candidates might ask voters why they should support Joe Biden when Barack Obama – the man who knows him best – will not?
This is the last thing Biden wants.
Biden is riding high in the polls based on nearly 100 percent name identification and his aura of so-called “electability.”
But the primary season is not yet a full-contact sport.
Other candidates are still trying to introduce themselves to voters and build their own name identification.
But that will soon change as the first Democrat primary debate is scheduled for next month.
As the debates and campaign season wears on—and the Iowa Caucus comes into view—voters will begin to really focus on the field.
And they may not like what they see when they compare the 20-plus “has-beens” and “never-was” Presidential candidates to Obama.
Even though Obama’s Presidency was scandal-plagued and ended in disgrace as his hand-picked chosen successor belly flopped in the 2016 election, Democrat voters still view Obama as the gold standard.
It will be easy to see how the gaffe-prone Biden – who slurred his words during his announcement speech – will fall short in many voters’ eyes.
However, if Obama were to endorse Biden – or any other candidate for that matter – it is not necessarily a political boon.
In 2010, 2014 and 2016, Barack Obama endorsed candidates up and down the ballot.
In addition to Hillary Clinton, scores of Obama-backed Democrats went down in defeat.
In many ways, an Obama endorsement is a political kiss of death.
Obama’s 2020 book tour will pose many uncomfortable questions for Democrats running for President.
How the Democrat Presidential contenders answer them will go a long way towards determining the outcome of the 2020 election.
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing story.