Former President of the United States, Barack Obama endorsed Joe Biden as the Democratic nominee, breaking his silence to help his former vice president’s efforts to unite the party and energize its voters ahead of the November 3 election. Being a political wingman for Joe Biden, Obama is taking an initiative to unify the party in the wake of a fractious primary.
In a 12 minutes endorsement video published earlier, Obama appealed to Americans of all political stripes to come together in a great awakening saying- “Pandemics have a way of cutting through a lot of noise and spin to remind us of what is real, and also what is important,”. He further emphasized that “The COVID-19 crisis has reminded us that government matters. It’s reminded us that good government matters.”
Barack Obama is undoubtedly the most popular figure of the Democratic Party, and his presence and active support will pump up and energize the party around Biden’s candidacy. Though, Biden’s own leadership and management skills during the Great Recession and outbreak of H1N1 and Ebola crises, will be a pragmatic validation for his candidacy.
Biden’s pledge to choose a woman candidate as his vice-president, and someone who is not afraid to disagree with him and who will “always tell me the truth”, is a step further in gaining trust and votes simultaneously.
Obama’s support and preparations for the elections are in full swing nowadays. Terry McAuliffe, a former Virginia governor and a longtime party official, said: “Because he is so popular and the comparison between President Trump and Barack Obama is so stark, it will be such a unifying, motivating factor.”
Ben LaBolt, who was the press secretary for Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign, claimed that Obama could appeal to the young voters who backed Sanders along with helping Biden scale up his fund-raising efforts.
LaBolt said that “There is no surrogate in the country better suited to helping Joe Biden than Barack Obama.”
Obama asserted that Biden has the character and experience to lead the country through its recovery from “one of our darkest times. His confidence and support for Biden give a green signal to his officials, wealthy donors, and Democratic Party luminaries to enlist and endorse in Biden’s cause if they have not done that yet.
Though Obama campaigned for Democratic candidates in the last 2018 midterms, he has majorly tried to avoid engaging in politics since leaving the White House. But the 2020 election has always been the very moment when Obama would step off the sidelines, which he told his advisers he’s eager to do. And now nearly about eight years after he was last on the ballot, Barack Obama is emerging as a central figure in 2020 presidential election and is in full swing to make Joe Biden bag a major win.
The entire world, along with the United States in battling the Coronavirus, let’s just hope that post this pandemic the situation turns out to be good with the fresh elections.