In the clearest signal yet to Democrats to fall in line behind the presumptive nominee, United States (US) President Barack Obama has endorsed Hillary Clinton to succeed him.
In a video message released by the Clinton campaign, just hours after the he met with Clinton’s rival Bernie Sanders at the White
House, President Obama described himself as eager to start campaigning for his former Secretary of State, who passed the threshold for the number of delegates required to win her party’s nomination earlier this week.
In the video message, President Obama congratulates Hillary Clinton on making history as the first woman to lead a major party ticket into Presidential elections in the United States.
“I want to congratulate Hillary Clinton on making history as the presumptive Democratic nominee for president of the United States. I know how hard this job can be, that is why I know Hillary will be so good at it. In fact I do not think there has ever been someone so qualified to hold this office. She has got the courage, the compassion and the heart to get the job done,” says Obama.
It was the then Senator Obama who ‘pipped’ then Senator Clinton to the post to win the Democratic nomination in 2008, eventually asking her to become his Secretary of State, and with working closely together for over four years, solidifying their bond.
“I want those of you who have been with me from the beginning on this incredible journey to be the first to know that I am with her, I am fired up and I cannot wait to get out there and campaign for Hillary.”
The Clinton campaign immediately sent out an email announcing that President Obama will campaign alongside the presumptive nominee next Wednesday in Green Bay Wisconsin, one of the swing states in the general election. True to form, Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump wasted no time in tweeting “Obama just endorsed crooked Hillary. He wants four more years of Obama – but nobody else does”.
Earlier at the White House after a meeting with President Obama, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders pledged to work with Clinton to defeat Donald Trump.
“I spoke briefly to Secretary Clinton on Tuesday night, and I congratulated her on her very strong campaign. I look forward to
meeting with her in the near future 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 1%. Thank you very much,” says Sanders.
Sanders pointed to the final primary in Washington DC on June 14, indicating previously that he would take his populist campaign to the Democratic Convention in July.
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