Nervous Democrats hoping the Obamas will save the party from Bernie Sanders
President Barack Obama with First Lady Michelle Obama at the 2009 presidential inauguration. Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley, USN

Nervous Democrats are hoping former President Barack Obama will step in and rescue the party from Bernie Sanders.

A number of top Democrats, including former President Bill Clinton, fear the Vermont senator will be demolished if he wins the nomination and will hand President Donald Trump another four-year term, reported the New York Times.

“People are worried,” said former Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut, a former Democratic National Committee chairman who has endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden. “How you can spend four or five months hoping you don’t have to put a bumper sticker from that guy on your car.”

Democrats are increasingly worried that Sanders could head into the party's convention with a plurality of delegates but not a majority, and some of them are hoping Obama will step in to broker a truce -- or that Michelle Obama could be nominated as vice president.

“She’s the only person I can think of who can unify the party and help us win,” said William Owen, a DNC member from Tennessee.

“This election is about saving the American experiment as a republic," he added. "It’s also about saving the world. This is not an ordinary election.”