It took a while but now Joe has finally clinched the endorsement of the man that chose him as his running mate.
It only took being the last man standing to get it.
Former President Barack Obama delivered his long-awaited endorsement of Joe Biden for president on Tuesday, recording an 12-minute video to throw his support behind his former vice president.
Mr. Obama’s endorsement of his former vice president comes a day after Senator Bernie Sanders gave aof Biden’s presidential bid, ending speculation that the two rivals might remain at odds going into the general election season.
“I’m so proud to endorse Joe Biden to be president of the United States,” Mr. Obama said. “Choosing Joe to be my vice president was one of the best decisions I ever made, and he became a good friend. And I believe Joe has all the qualities we need in a president right now.”
Source: CBS News
Obama is now attempting to play the role of the Great Uniter of the Democratic Party. Barry had played a role in Bernie’s decision to suspend his campaign.
Part of this endorsement is about Obama’s legacy that has been systematically dismantled by the Trump administration. His “third term” candidate, Hillary, didn’t win and it was a shock considering the effort that was put into spying on Trump’s campaign.
You know I could not be prouder of the incredible progress that we made together during my presidency, but if I were running today, I wouldn’t run the same race or have the same platform as I did in 2008. The world is different; there’s too much unfinished business for us to just look backwards. We have to look to the future. Bernie understands that, and Joe understands that.
Here’s the uniting part:
Of course, Democrats may not always agree on every detail of the best way to bring about each and every one of these changes, but we do agree that they are needed and that only happens if we win this election because one thing everybody has learned by now is that the Republicans occupying the White House and running the U.S. Senate are not interested in progress.
Barry’s reminding you that it isn’t about a different vision for how to get the country to do well, it’s because Republicans have an unquenchable thirst for power which is so unlike Democrats who didn’t just stall a COVID-related relief bill to insert their own spending priorities into it.
They are interested in power. They have shown themselves willing to kick millions off their health insurance and eliminate pre-existing condition protections for millions more even in the middle of this public health crisis, even as they are willing to spend $1 trillion on tax cuts for the wealthy. They have given polluters unlimited power to poison our air and their water and deny the science of climate change just as they denied the science of pandemics. Repeatedly they have disregarded American principles of rule of law and voting rights and transparency, basic norms that previous administrations observed regardless of party, principles that are the bedrock of our democracy.
As Obama has always done, he has taken some cheap and disingenuous shots at his political opponents as “science deniers” and his real nemesis, Fox News.
So our country’s future hangs on this election, and it won’t be easy. The other side has a massive war chest; the other side has a propaganda network with little regard for the truth. On the other hand, pandemics have a way of cutting through a lot of noise and spin to remind us of what is real and what is important. This crisis has reminded us that government matters. It has 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. In other words elections matter.
And, of course, the Orange Man Bad™ bit:
Right now we need Americans of goodwill to unite in a great awakening against a politics that too often has been characterized by corruption, carelessness, self-dealing, disinformation, ignorance and just plain meanness and to change that we need Americans of all political stripes to get involved in our politics and our public life like never before. For those of us who believe in building a more just, more generous, more democratic America where everybody has a fair shot at opportunity, for those of us who believe in a government that cares about the many and not just the few, for those of us who love this country and are willing to do our part to make sure it lives up to its highest ideals now is the time to fight for what we believe in.
Good luck getting the Bernie Bros on board with Joe as the nominee. I don’t even think the great Obamessiah could manage that.