WASHINGTON — An already-unusual election is developing another unique feature: An outgoing president who is busy on the campaign trail.Little more than seven months before the end of his administration, President Obama is poised to become the most active lame duck campaigner in history, offering a new twist on an often awkward role: A White House occupant watching the election of a successor.”They usually wait to pretty much close to the end, when it really starts to heat up,” said Stephen Hess, a former aide to presidents Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon. ”This man is in it very early, which means he will be in it very long.”Obama has served notice he is willing to work hard to elect a Democratic successor — most likely Hillary Clinton — and defend his own legacy, currently under assault by Republican nominee-in-waiting Donald Trump.Trump’s attacks may well inspire toward ”a record-breaking amount of intensity, energy, and time invested on the campaign trail.” said historian Gil Troy, whose many books include See How They Ran: The Changing Role of The Presidential Candidate.In the past, lame duck presidents have been inhibited from campaigning too much, either because of low approval ratings or friction with their party’s nominees.Obama has already made his presence… Read full this story
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