Barack Obama officially endorsed Joe Biden for President just a day after Senator Bernie Sanders had declared his own support and encouraged Democrats to come together and rally behind Biden. Former President Obama said, “I’m so proud to endorse Joe Biden to be president of the United States. Choosing Joe to be my vice president was one of the best decisions I ever made, and he became a good friend. And I believe Joe has all the qualities we need in a president right now.”

Mr. Obama mentioned Biden’s contributions during his administration, how Biden “was there as we rebuilt from the Great Recession and rescued the American auto industry.” He also said that he asked Biden to “implement Recovery Act which saved millions of jobs and got people back on their feet because Joe gets stuff done.” 

Further, Mr. Obama said that Biden “helped him manage H1N1 and prevent the Ebola epidemic from becoming the type of pandemic we are seeing now.” He credited Biden for helping him “restore America’s standing and leadership in the world on the other threats of our time like nuclear proliferation and climate change.” Mr. Obama emphasized that Mr. Biden has the “character and the experience to guide us through one of our darkest times and heal us through a long recovery. The kind of leadership,” he said, “that’s 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.” Watch the 12-minute video below:

Mr. Obama also took the opportunity to wish people well. “These aren’t normal times. As we all manage our way through a pandemic unlike anything we’ve seen in a century, Michelle and I hope that you and your families are safe and well.” He added, “If you’ve lost somebody to this virus, or if someone in your life is sick, or if you’re one of the millions suffering economic hardship, please know that you’re in our prayers. Please know that you’re not alone. Because now is the time for all of us to help where we can, to be there for each other as neighbors, as co-workers and as fellow citizens.”

As of this writing, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the US is 618,481. Of these cases, a total of 26,301 resulted to deaths while 40,128 patients have so far recovered from the illness. 

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