Barack Obama, the 44th president of the United States, has officially endorsed Joe Biden for the presidency. President Obama released a video on Twitter calling on people to join him in supporting Biden to be the president of the United States and it broke a viewership record.
President Barack Obama has endorsed Joe Biden for the presidency.
President Obama started his video addressing the COVID-19 crisis by offering prayers to those who have lost loved ones to the deadly virus. The former president spoke eloquently about the importance of the leadership the doctors and healthcare workers offered.
“Michelle and I have been amazed at the incredible bravery of our medical professionals who are putting their lives on the line to save others; the public servants and health officials battling this disease; the workers taking risks every day to keep our economy running and everyone who is making their own sacrifice at home with their families all for the greater good,” Obama says in the video. “But if there is one thing we have learned as a country from moments of great crisis, it is that the spirit of looking out for one another can’t be restricted to our homes or our workplaces or our neighborhoods or our houses of worship it also has to be reflected in our national government the kind of leadership that is guided by knowledge and experience, honesty and humility, empathy and grace.”
“That kind of leadership doesn’t just belong in our state capitals and mayor’s offices, it belongs in the White House, and that is why I am so proud to endorse Joe Biden for president of the United States,” Obama continues.
President Obama followed up the tweet by asking people to join him in supporting Obama.
“Choosing Joe to be my vice president was one of the best decisions I ever made, and he became a close friend, and I believe Joe has all of the qualities we need in a president right now,” Obama says. “He is someone who’s own life has taught him how to persevere, how to bounce back when you have been knocked down.”
Obama adds: “Joe has the character and the experience to guide us through one of our darkest times and heal us through a long recovery, and I know he will surround himself with good people experts, scientists, military officials who actually know how to run the government and care about doing a good job running the government and know how to work with our allies and who will always put the American people’s interests above their own.”
Followers were quick to thank President Obama for his endorsement.
Biden is the presumptive Democratic nominee for president after Sen. Bernie Sanders dropped out of the race last week. Sen. Sanders suspended his campaign for the Democratic nomination citing Biden’s delegate lead.
President Obama did make a point to call out what he sees as a lack of leadership but in a way only he can.
“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,” Obama says in the full quote. “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.”
The endorsement video broke a Twitter viewership record in the first 24 hours.
As of 4 p.m. PST April 14, the endorsement video had more than 5 million views. This kind of digital exposure for the Biden campaign is a major victory. The Biden campaign has long been plagued by an inefficient and lackluster outreach, especially in the digital space. President Obama has an audience of millions on Twitter offering the Biden campaign a larger digital presence than before the endorsement video.
Some followers are just grateful for President Obama’s willingness to speak up for a candidate.
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