April 15, 2020
It’s like part two of a buddy movie: Former President Barack Obama endorsed Joe Biden for president on April 14—giving his friend and erstwhile partner the imprimatur he needs leading up to the Democratic Convention in Milwaukee.
“Joe has the character and the experience to guide us through one of our darkest times, and heal us through a long recovery,” Obama said.
“If there’s one thing we’ve learned as a country from moments of great crisis, it’s that the spirit of looking out for one another can’t be restricted to our homes or our work places or our neighborhoods or houses of worship, it also has to be reflected in our national government,” Obama said.
“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 legislatures, it belongs in the White House, and that’s why I’m so proud to endorse Joe Biden for president of the United States.”
Obama’s endorsement is not a surprise: He and Biden have a close friendship that has endured beyond their time in the White House together.
The former president had decided to stay on the sidelines during the competitive Democratic primary—which at one point comprised 24 White House hopefuls—in an effort to not give the appearance that he was putting his thumb on the scale for any one candidate, The Hill said.
However, Biden seized control of the primary with a string of thunderous victories over Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Super Tuesday.
Sanders dropped out following the Wisconsin primary last week and endorsed Biden for president on April 13, a sign that the party’s progressive wing will rally around the presumptive Democratic nominee in an effort to defeat Trump.
With support from Obama and Sanders, Biden now has the biggest names from the party’s establishment and progressive wings to advocate on his behalf.
“Elections matter,” the former president said. “Right now, we need Americans of goodwill to unite in a great awakening against a politics that too often has been characterized by corruption, carelessness, self-dealing, disinformation, ignorance, and just plain meanness. And to change that, we need Americans of all political stripes to get involved in our politics and our public life like never before.”
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