Deval Patrick (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Deval Patrick (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

It sounds as if the team of former President—and black America’s president on a rent-to-own basis—Barack Obama is pushing for Obama’s friend former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to run for president in 2020.


According to Politico, Obama and close adviser Valerie Jarrett have encouraged Patrick to consider a run for office. Jarrett was also quoted as saying that President Patrick is what “my heart desires,” The Hill reports.

Politico also reports that David Axelrod, Obama’s former chief strategist—who was highly instrumental in Obama’s two successful runs for the White House—has reportedly talked with the Massachusetts Democrat about his presidential bid and his ability to pull in black Southern voters.


“If you were to poll 100 notable Obama alumni, the only two people who would win that 2020 straw poll right now are [Joe] Biden and Patrick,” a former senior White House aide told Politico. This could make for an interesting play considering that former Vice President Biden hasn’t been shy about noting that he could have beaten Hillary Clinton for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination if he had run in that campaign.

“I’m trying to think about how to be helpful, because I care about the country, and I’m a patriot first. It’s way, way too soon to be making plans for 2020,” Patrick said in an interview on Politico’s Off Message podcast, The Hill reports. “So I’ll just leave it at that.”

Dear Black Jesus,

We need you.

Signed, black America

Read more at Politico and The Hill. 

Senior Editor @ The Root, boxes outside my weight class, when they go low, you go lower.

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