(CNB News) – Former President Obama endorsed Joe Biden for president on Tuesday, giving the former vice president a powerful and fundraiser as he heads into the general election against President Trump.
In a video recorded from his home in Washington, D.C., Obama made the case that Biden represents the nation’s best hope of emerging from the coronavirus pandemic as a united and prosperous country.
“If there’s one thing we’ve learned as a country from moments of great crisis, it’s that the spirit of looking out for one another can’t be restricted to our homes or our work places or our neighborhoods or houses of worship, it also has to be reflected in our national government,” Obama said.
The kind of leadership that’s guided by knowledge and experience, honesty and humility, empathy and grace. That kind of leadership doesn’t just belong in our state capitols and legislatures, it belongs in the White House, and that’s why I’m so proud to endorse Joe Biden for president of the United States.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 14, 2020
Obama praised Biden as someone who has endured personal tragedy, having lost a wife and two of his children. He said Biden has a personal and unique connection with middle class voters, pointing to how he led the administration’s Recovery Act efforts following the 2008 financial collapse.
“Joe has the character and the experience to guide us through one of our darkest times and heal us through a long recovery,” Obama said. “And I know he’ll 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.”
Obama did not mention Trump by name. However, he attacked Republicans for dismantling some of his signature achievements on health care and the environment. And he said the GOP had spent its time in power giving tax breaks to the wealthiest and “undermining the rule of law.”
“Republicans running the White House and Senate are not interested in progress. They’re interested in power,” Obama said.
Obama swiped at Trump, implying that he is dishonest and uninformed. However, he warned that defeating Trump in the general election would not be an easy task.
“The other side has a massive war chest,” Obama said. “The other side has a propaganda network with little regard for the truth. On the other hand, pandemics have a way of cutting through a lot of noise and spin to remind us what is real and what matters. It’s reminded us that good govt matters, that facts and science matter, that the rule of law matters, that having leaders that are informed and honest, and seek to bring people together, rather than drive them apart, those kinds of leaders matter.”