Barack Obama formally endorses Joe Biden for President of the United States Tuesday


Barack Obama, the President of the United States from 2009-2017, formally endorsed Joe Biden’s bid for President in a video message Tuesday, finally reuniting the former running mates and positioning Obama to be one of Biden’s most powerful surrogates heading into the 2020 Presidential election against President Donald Trump. Speaking for nearly 12 minutes, the former President explained why he believed Biden is the candidate the United States needs during this time of crisis: “The kind of leadership that’s guided by knowledge and experience, honesty and humility, empathy and grace — that kind of leadership doesn’t just belong in our state capitols and mayors offices. It belongs in the White House. And that’s why I’m so proud to endorse Joe Biden for President of the United States.” ~

Barack Obama’s official endorsement comes just one day after the former Vice President received an endorsement from Senator Bernie Sanders, who dropped out of the Democratic Primaries mid-last week and made Joe Biden the presumptive Democratic nominee for President. The endorsement also marks the re-emergence of Obama into the political arena, as the former President remained particularly quiet during the primaries. According to Politico, Biden maintained during the Democratic primaries that he “had asked Obama not to endorse any particular Democratic candidate,” and insisted that “whoever wins this nomination should win it on their own merits.” Obama, speaking at a private fundraiser in late 2019, said “Whoever emerges from the primary process, I will work my tail off to make sure they are the next president.” ~

According to longtime Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett, Obama’s endorsement was also designed to address and unite the moderate and progressive wings of the Democratic party, specifically in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Responding to the endorsement Tuesday, Brad Parscale, Trump’s reelection campaign manager, asserted that Obama “spent much of the last five years urging Joe Biden not to run for president out of fear that he would embarrass himself,” and now “has no other choice but to support him.” ~

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