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.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 14, 2020