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Barack Obama Officially Endorses Joe Biden For President

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.

What do you think about President Obama’s endorsement?

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Here Are Some Of The Women Of Color Being Considered For VP By Biden Campaign

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Here Are Some Of The Women Of Color Being Considered For VP By Biden Campaign

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Despite everything happening, the U.S. is still in an election year and former Vice President Joe Biden is on the search for a running mate. So far, most of his list are women of color and political pundits think it is the best move.

Senator Tammy Duckworth

Sen. Duckworth is currently a senator representing Illinois. The Thai-American woman served in the Army following in the steps of her ancestors who have fought in every major conflict since the American Revolution. Sen. Duckworth received a purple heart while on a tour of duty in Iraq as a helicopter pilot for the U.S. Army after she lost both legs in an attack. Duckworth then went into politics being elected to the House of Representatives representing Illinois’s 8th Congressional District from 2013 to 2017. In 2017, Duckworth was elected to the Senate.

Representative Val Demings

Rep. Demings currently represents the 10th Congressional District of Florida. She took office in January 2017 and has held the seat since. Before serving in the House of Representatives, Rep. Demings was a police officer in Florida. She even served as Chief of the Orlando Police Department from 2007 to 2011. Some have considered her law enforcement background a positive but Black Lives Matter protesters have attacked her record claiming that Rep. Demings didn’t do enough to fix policing issues in Orlando during her tenure as chief.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms

Mayor Bottoms has risen to national fame since the COVID-19 and George Floyd protests in Atlanta caught the nation’s attention. Mayor Bottoms has been mayor of Atlanta since 2018. Before being the 60th Mayor of Atlanta, Mayor Bottoms was a member of the Atlanta City Council for 8 years. In 2019, Mayor Bottoms spoke out against President Trump’s xenophobic actions and declared Atlanta a welcoming city to refugees and migrants seeking shelter.

Former United States National Security Advisor Susan Rice

Rice served for 3 1/2 years as President Barack Obama’s National Security Adviser during his second term. Prior to that duty, Rice was appointed by President Obama to serve as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations in 2008. During her time in the U.N., Rice accomplished a lot, including raising LGBTQ and women’s issues to a global priority and led the Security Council to impose sanctions on Iran and North Korea in response to their nuclear programs.

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham

Governor Lujan Grisham, who can trace her ancestry in New Mexican back 12 generations, has been a very popular politician from the Land of Enchantment. Gov. Lujan Grisham won her 2012 and 2014 elections to the House of Representatives 59 percent to 41 percent each. In 2016, she won election to Congress 65.1 percent to 34.9 percent. While in Congress, the congresswoman served as the chairwoman for the Congression Hispanic Caucus before resigning to take office as New Mexico’s governor.

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The Supreme Court Ruled In Favor Of Allowing States To Punish Electoral College

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The Supreme Court Ruled In Favor Of Allowing States To Punish Electoral College

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News straight from the Supreme Court might just mean a more fair election this 2020. According to reports, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of allowing states to reprimand members of the Electoral College should they break a pledge to vote for their state’s popular vote winner for presidential elections. The decision comes heavily on the heels of the looming election season.

The decision was sparked after 10 of the 538 presidential electors made their own decisions in 2016 and voted for candidates other than the one they’d pledged to vote for.

Up until Monday, only 32 out of the 50 states as well as the District of Columbia had laws that discouraged “faithless electors.” At that time, none of the states had ever actually reprimanded or removed an elector based on their vote. The Supreme Court decision came with a 9-0 count.

“Today, we consider whether a State may also penalize an elector for breaking his pledge and voting for someone other than the presidential candidate who won his State’s popular vote. We hold that a State may do so,” Justice Elena Kagan wrote.”The Constitution’s text and the Nation’s history both support allowing a State to enforce an elector’s pledge to support his party’s nominee — and the state voters’ choice — for President.”

In 2016, three presidential electors in Washington state voted for Colin Powell over the popular votes push for Hillary Clinton. Another voted for anti-Keystone XL pipeline activist Faith Spotted Eagle. At the time, Washington’s Supreme Court upheld a $1,000 fine.

In Colorado, during the 2016 election, Micheal Baca attempted to vote for John Kasich instead of Clinton but his vote was rejected. He was removed and replaced and referred for a potential perjury prosecution. No charges were filed, however. According to CNN, Baca “filed suit, and ultimately won when the 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals held that while the state does have the power to appoint electors, that does not extend to the power to remove them.”

Oddly, Frodo Baggins, the beloved hobit from the Lord of The Rings trilogy became a part of the court’s historical record during oral arguments.

According to reports, Justice Clarence Thomas used Baggins as an example “The elector who had promised to vote for the winning candidate could suddenly say, ‘You know, I’m going to vote for Frodo Baggins. I really like Frodo Baggins.’ And you’re saying, under your system, you can’t do anything about that,” Thomas asked.

During the case, Justice Kagan went through the history of the Electoral College and spoke about the presidential election of 1796. The election was the first contested presidential election in the United States and saw John Adams come in first and Thomas Jefferson second. “That meant the leaders of the era’s two warring political parties—the Federalists and the Republicans—became President and Vice President respectively. (one might think of this as fodder of the new season of Veep),” Kagan wrote.

Kagan also referenced Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical “Hamilton” nothing that “Alexander Hamilton secured his place on the Broadway stage—but possibly in the cemetery too—by lobbying Federalists in the House to tip the election to Jefferson, whom he loathed but viewed as less of an existential threat to the republic,” she wrote. Justice Thomas agreed with Kagan writing “nothing in the Constitution prevents States from requiring Presidential electors to vote for the candidate chosen by the people.”

Here’s hoping this new change in the Supreme Court ruling ensures a better election outcome.