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Barack Obama endorses Joe Biden’s presidential bid

CHICAGO: Former President Barack Obama stepped from the political sidelines and formally endorsed his former Vice President, Joe Biden, giving the Democratic presidential nominee a boost for the upcoming presidential elections.
In a 12-minute video released by the Biden campaign, Obama said Biden has “the character and the experience to guide us through one of our darkest times and heal us through a long recovery” and would, if elected president, surround himself with people “who actually know how to run the government and care about doing a good job running the government”.
Without mentioning President Donald Trump by name, Obama said strong leadership guided by honesty, humility, empathy and grace was needed to come from the White House, and not just the statehouses and mayor’s offices around the country.
“This crisis has reminded us that government matters,” Obama said. “It’s reminded us that good government matters. That facts and science matter. That the rule of law matters. That having leaders who are informed and honest, and seek to bring people together rather than drive them apart – those kind of leaders matter.”
Obama and Biden are close friends from their two terms in the White House. Biden leaned heavily on his affiliation with the former president throughout the Democratic race, pitching it as an extension of Obama’s presidency.
Obama stayed on the sideline and rarely spoke about the presidential race. The former president offered his private counsel to any Democratic presidential contender but made no efforts to bolster any single candidate’s campaign including Biden.

In a statement released by President Trump’s campaign, campaign manager Brad Parscale said Obama’s decision to endorse Biden was born from necessity and not enthusiasm. “Barack Obama spent much of the past five years urging Joe Biden not to run for president out of fear he would embarrass himself,” Parscale said.
“Now that Biden is the only candidate left in the Democratic field, Obama has no other choice but to support him. Even Bernie Sanders beat him to it. Obama was right in the first place: Biden is a bad candidate who will embarrass himself and his party. “President Trump will destroy him,” Parscale added.
On Monday, Bernie Sanders endorsed his former rival for the Democratic nomination and urged his supporters to rally behind him to defeat President Trump in the November election. Obama spent a significant portion of Biden endorsement video praising Sanders, calling him “an American original”.
“The ideas he’s championed, the energy and enthusiasm he inspired – especially in young people – will be critical in moving America in a direction of progress and hope,” Obama said.
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