Former President Barack Obama stepped from the political sidelines on Tuesday and formally endorsed his former Vice President, Joe Biden, giving the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee a boost from the party’s biggest fundraiser and one of its most popular figures.
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 – leadership guided by honesty, humility, empathy and grace – needed to come from the White House and not just the state houses 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.”