Former President Barack Obama has refused for quite some time to endorse Joe Biden, who served as his vice president for eight years.
But all of that changed this week as Obama finally came forward and endorsed Biden’s presidential campaign.
Obama released a 12-minute video on his social media platforms officially endorsing Biden now that there’s no one else running for the Democratic nomination.
The official 12 minute video of former President Barack Obama endorsing his former vice president Joe Biden.https://t.co/HJZUlP0Tci
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) April 14, 2020
The long-awaited endorsement comes after a report last year alleging that Obama warned Biden last year about making the biggest mistake of his life.
Obama wasn’t sold on the idea of Biden, who served as his vice president for eight years, running for president in 2020.
“You don’t have to do this, Joe, you really don’t,” Obama told Biden before he officially launched his presidential campaign in April.
The report added:
Mr. Biden — who thinks he could have defeated Donald Trump four years ago — responded by telling Mr. Obama he could never forgive himself if he turned down a second shot at Mr. Trump.
Obama huddled with top Biden aides in March to implore they insure that the former vice president does not “damage his legacy” or “embarrass himself.”
Obama and Biden met over lunch last, where the former president urged the White House hopeful to recruit fresher faces to his campaign.
He has communicated his frustration that Mr. Biden’s closest advisers are too old and out of touch with the current political climate — urging him to include more younger aides.
Now that Biden is the presumptive Democratic nominee, many are wondering who he will choose to be his running mate.
During an online campaign event last Wednesday, Sleepy Joe slipped up big time and said he’s coming for California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris.
Biden said: “I’m so lucky to have you be a part of this partnership going forward. Working together, we can make a great deal of progress. … I’m coming for you, kid.”
Biden mentioning her name comes after a report last month that Biden has shifted into general election mode and promised to select a woman as his vice-presidential running mate.
The previous report listed these 3 names, among others, are likely at the top of Biden’s shortlist:
- California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris
- Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren
- Minnesota Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar
During the Democratic primary debate last month, Biden vowed that his eventual choice of a running mate would be a woman.
After vowing to nominate a black woman to the Supreme Court, Biden then added: “Secondly, if I’m elected president, my Cabinet, my administration will look like the country, and I commit that I will, in fact, appoint a woman to be vice president. There are a number of women qualified to be president tomorrow. I would pick a woman to be my vice president.”