President Obama endorses Hillary Clinton
President Obama endorses Hillary Clinton

Pre­sump­tive Demo­c­ra­t­ic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Hillary Clin­ton picked up a trio of impor­tant endorse­ments today, earn­ing the sup­port from Pres­i­dent Barack Oba­ma, Vice Pres­i­dent Joe Biden, and Sen­a­tor Eliz­a­beth Warren.

The Pres­i­dent went first, endors­ing Clin­ton in a video record­ed on Tues­day and released ear­li­er today by Clin­ton’s cam­paign.

“Look, I know how hard this job can be,” Oba­ma said in the video. “That’s why I know Hillary will be so good at it. In fact, I don’t think there’s ever been some­one so qual­i­fied to hold this office. She’s got the courage, the com­pas­sion and the heart to get the job done. And I say that as some­body who had to debate her more than twen­ty times. Even after our own hard-fought cam­paign, in a tes­ta­ment to her char­ac­ter, she agreed to serve her coun­try as sec­re­tary of state.”

Joe Biden infor­mal­ly fol­lowed suit hours lat­er at the Amer­i­can Con­sti­tu­tion Soci­ety, not­ing that the next Pres­i­dent may be fill­ing mul­ti­ple Supreme Court vacan­cies. “[W]hoever the next pres­i­dent is, and in my view, God will­ing, it’ll be Sec­re­tary Clin­ton,” Biden said.

And influ­en­tial Demo­c­rat Eliz­a­beth War­ren added her endorse­ment as the day drew a close, speak­ing to The Boston Globe and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.

“I’m ready,” War­ren told The Globe. “I’m ready to jump in this fight and make sure that Hillary Clin­ton is the next pres­i­dent of the Unit­ed States and be sure that Don­ald Trump gets nowhere near the White House.”

“I’m sup­port­ing Hillary Clin­ton because she’s a fight­er, a fight­er with guts,” War­ren added. She told Rachel Mad­dow that the tim­ing of her deci­sion to endorse was influ­enced in part by con­ver­sa­tions she’d had with Bernie Sanders.

“We need to start think­ing about all of us togeth­er… Hillary Clin­ton won,” War­ren said, when Mad­dow asked for her thoughts on Sanders’ exit from the pres­i­den­tial con­test. War­ren hint­ed she believes Sanders should bow out and begin help­ing uni­fy the par­ty. Jon Favreau has sug­gest­ed that Sanders plans to do so in his own way and at his own speed, tweet­ing Tues­day night:

If Bernie tru­ly intend­ed on con­test­ing the con­ven­tion, he would’ve kept attack­ing Hillary. He did­n’t. Just needs time to land the plane.

Asked by Mad­dow if Clin­ton had talked to her about being her run­ning mate, War­ren said no, adding that she loves the work she’s doing in the Senate.

(War­ren pre­vi­ous­ly opt­ed not to seek the Demo­c­ra­t­ic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion, clear­ing the way for Sanders to mount his chal­lenge of Clinton.)

War­ren has already tak­en on a high-pro­file role as Crit­ic-in-Chief of Don­ald Trump, lam­bast­ing him in speech after speech, includ­ing from the Sen­ate floor in front of top Sen­ate Repub­li­can Mitch McConnell, and most recent­ly tonight to the Amer­i­can Con­sti­tu­tion Soci­ety, where she was enthu­si­as­ti­cal­ly received.

White House Press Sec­re­tary Josh Earnest made it clear dur­ing today’s press brief­ing that First Lady Michelle Oba­ma also sup­ports Clinton.

“I think it is entire­ly fair for you to inter­pret Pres­i­dent Obama’s remarks in the video that was released today as con­sis­tent with the First Lady’s views of the cam­paign,” said Earnest. “The First Lady is enthu­si­as­tic about Sec­re­tary Clinton’s cam­paign, and you can cer­tain­ly inter­pret that video as a joint endorsement.”

“And at some point — I don’t know exact­ly when that will be — but at some point, I’m con­fi­dent that the First Lady will  have an oppor­tu­ni­ty to share her own views in her own words about why she believes it’s impor­tant for Sec­re­tary Clin­ton to suc­ceed Pres­i­dent Oba­ma,” he said.

Pres­i­dent Oba­ma and Sec­re­tary Clin­ton are sched­uled to joint­ly appear next week at an event in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

About the author

Andrew Villeneuve is the founder and executive director of the Northwest Progressive Institute, as well as the founder of NPI's sibling, the Northwest Progressive Foundation. He has worked to advance progressive causes for over two decades as a strategist, speaker, author, and organizer. Andrew is also a cybersecurity expert, a veteran facilitator, a delegate to the Washington State Democratic Central Committee, and a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.

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