President Barrack Obama formally endorsed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton a day after she clinched the Democratic presidential nomination. Clinton, in fact, received a surge of high-level endorsements for her candidacy today from Democratic party officials and leaders. There was also a flood of retweets.
President Obama made the statement after a meeting with her primary rival, Vermont senator Bernie Sanders. In the meeting he urged Bernie Sanders to focus his energies and efforts to back Clinton and thus push the Democratic agenda forward.
In a formal statement, about an hour and a half later, ending his neutrality between the two Democrat rivals by endorsing Clinton, Obama said, “I’m with her. I don’t think there has ever been someone so qualified to hold this office. She’s got the courage, the compassion, and the heart to get the job done … I have seen her judgment. I’ve seen her toughness. I’ve seen her commitment to our values up close, and I’ve seen her determination to give every American a fair shot at opportunity, no matter how tough the fight – that’s what’s always driven her, and still does.”
Clinton welcomed Obama’s endorsement in an interview with Bloomberg Politics, saying “it just means so much to have a strong, substantive endorsement from the president. Obviously I value his opinion a great deal personally.”
“It’s just such a treat because over the years of knowing each other, we’ve gone from fierce competitors to true friends,” she added.
Obama and Clinton will appear together in their first joint campaign trip together next Wednesday in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Clinton’s campaign said.
In addition to Obama’s endorsement , Clinton also garnered the endorsements of Vice President Joe Biden, former primary rival Martin O’Malley as well as Senator Elizabeth Warren.
About six hours after President Barack Obama endorsed the former secretary of state’s bid for the White House, Vice President Joe Biden also endorsed her as the Democratic Presidential nominee.
Speaking at the American Constitution Society, Biden declared that with the supreme court hanging in the balance, the presidential election will be critical. And “whoever the next president is, and in my view, God willing, it’ll be Secretary Clinton.”
Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren, too, ending months of neutrality, declared herself “ready” to ensure that Clinton defeats her presumptive Republican rival in November.
“I’m ready,” the Massachusetts senator told the Boston Globe. “I’m ready to jump in this fight and make sure that Hillary Clinton is the next president of the United States and be sure that Donald Trump gets nowhere near the White House.”
She added: “I’m supporting Hillary Clinton because she’s a fighter, a fighter with guts.”
Earlier on Thursday, at a speech to the American Constitution Society in Washington DC, Warren fiercely criticised the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald Trump as “just a businessman who inherited a fortune and kept it rolling along by cheating people”.
In a searing speech she described him as “a loud, nasty, thin-skinned fraud who … serves no one but himself,” and said his attacks on Gonzalo Curiel, the federal judge presiding over the Trump University suit, was “exactly what you would expect from somebody who is a thin-skinned racist bully”.
Clinton rival Bernie Sanders, told reporters after his meeting with Obama that he will remain in the race through the District of Columbia primary next week. He said he planned to press for his “issues”, addressing poverty and income inequality, increasing Social Security benefits, and reducing the role of money in politics at the party’s July convention, and not just for victory.
He also indicated that he will meet with Clinton soon “to see how we can work together to defeat Donald Trump and to create a government which represents all of us and not just the one percent.”
“Needless to say, I am going to do everything in my power and I will work as hard as I can to make sure that Donald Trump does not become president of the United States,” Sanders said, standing in the White House driveway with his wife, Jane, at his side.