Written by Staff Writer
10 Jun, 2016 | 6:25 am
U.S. President Barack Obama formally endorsed fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton for president on Thursday and called for Democrats to unite behind her after a protracted battle with Bernie Sanders for the party nomination.
After an unexpectedly tough battle against Sanders’ challenge from the left, former first lady Clinton made history when she reached the number of delegates needed to win the party nomination this week. That made her the first woman to lead a major U.S. party as its White House candidate.
However the two were opponents in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary race, which Obama won, but they buried their rivalry and she served as his secretary of state for four years.
Clinton posted a video of the endorsement to her official campaign website, just an hour after Sen. Bernie Sanders left the White House after a private meeting with Obama in the Oval Office.
Obama said that he don’t think there’s ever been someone so qualified to hold president office and Clinton got the courage, the compassion and the heart to get the job done.
Obama thanks Sanders in the video for bringing the message of income inequality into the campaign, a message that he said Democrats will take with them from here on.
Clinton responded with an online message of her own, thanking Obama for the endorsement through a tweet using the president’s signature campaign line “Fired up, ready to go!”
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 10, 2016
Obama will campaign with Clinton next week in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Obama’s endorsement signals an end to the Democratic primary battle between Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has vowed to fight on through next week’s Washington, D.C., primary, but on Thursday didn’t repeat his previous claims that he will fight on through the party’s convention next month in Philadelphia.
Also opposition rival Trump assailed the endorsement on Twitter: “He wants four more years of Obama—but nobody else does!”
Obama just endorsed Crooked Hillary. He wants four more years of Obama—but nobody else does!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2016
Clinton’s campaign tweeted a brash response: “Delete your account.”
Delete your account. https://t.co/Oa92sncRQY
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 9, 2016
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