Daily US Times: On Tuesday, former President Barack Obama has officially endorsed Joe Biden in a video message. He urged Democrats across the party’s ideological spectrum to rally behind Biden and form a unified front to defeat President Donald Trump and win back the White House.
The lengthy video was taped on Monday but posted on Tuesday. He lauds Biden’s resilience and character, touting him as the right kind of candidate to lead the country through a crisis like the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The former President also highlights the stakes of the next presidential election, arguing Trump and Republicans in the Senate are solely interested in power, not making progress for Americans.
Obama says in the over 11-minute endorsement video: “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 workplaces, or our neighborhoods, or our houses of worship.”
“It also has to be reflected in our national government,” he added.
“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,” Obama continues. “And that’s why I’m so proud to endorse Joe Biden for President of the United States.”
By officially injecting himself in the 2020 presidential race, Obama reunited the former running mate. The endorsement was seen as a forgone conclusion once Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders dropped out of the race last week, to be one of Biden’s most powerful surrogates in the race against Trump.
It also marks the public re-emergence of Obama into the political arena, after he left the office.
Since he left White House, he kept a low public profile throughout much of the Democratic nomination fight, but he was active behind the scenes.
Just after Obama’s endorsement, Joe Biden thanked him on Twitter.
He wrote: “Barack — This endorsement means the world to Jill and me. We’re going to build on the progress we made together, and there’s no one I’d rather have standing by my side.”
Two people familiar with Obama’s video endorsement say it is intended as more than a simple endorsement of his friend and former vice president.
They say Obama choose this particular time when America and around the world are in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.