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Obama supports Biden, Democrats in battle order to challenge Trump

Barack Obama announced Tuesday his support for Joe Biden by declaring him capable of guiding the Americans “through some of our darkest hours”, a precious rallying for the democratic candidate who will face Donald Trump in November.

“I think Joe has all the qualities we need in a president right now,” said Barack Obama in a video and press release.

“Joe has the temper and the experience to guide us through some of our darkest hours and heal us in a long recovery,” he added, “and that is why I am proud “to support it.

Still very popular with Democrats, he offers significant support to his 77-year-old former vice-president, who must rally the party if he wants to beat Donald Trump on November 3.

In a long 12-minute video, Barack Obama discusses the pain of families bereaved by the coronavirus before explaining his rallying behind Joe Biden.

“Choosing Joe to be my vice president” between 2009 and 2017, “was one of the best decisions I ever made, and he became a close friend.”

“He is someone whose life has taught persistence, how to bounce back after being knocked out,” he said, referring to the family tragedies that turned Joe Biden’s life upside down.

As the pandemic mourns the United States, the world, and ravages the economy, Barack Obama highlights Joe Biden’s experience in the White House after the great financial crisis of 2007/2008 and his help in the fight against it great epidemics.

“This is why I asked him to implement” the great economic recovery plan signed in 2009 (“Recovery Act”), “which saved millions of jobs and allowed people to recover – because Joe is effective. “

“Joe helped me manage H1N1 (flu A, editor’s note) and prevent the Ebola epidemic from turning into a pandemic like the one we see today,” he said.

“Right now, we need Americans of good will to unite in a big leap against a policy that has too often been defined by corruption, neglect, self-interest, misinformation, ignorance and sheer wickedness, “he said after more than three years as president of Donald Trump.


Very discreet since his departure from the White House in January 2017, Barack Obama will have waited for the victory of the moderate Joe Biden and the rallying of the champion of the left Bernie Sanders, announced Monday, to decide.

His team recalled Tuesday that he had decided to remain neutral during the Democratic primary “because he believed that for the Democratic party to win in November”, voters had to choose their candidate alone.

In 2016, Barack Obama also waited for Hillary Clinton’s victory over Bernie Sanders in June to line up behind the candidate.

The former president had come out of his public silence a rare time, in November 2019, to affirm that the electoral battle would be won in the center. The United States is not a “revolutionary” country, he said.

If he didn’t quote anyone, everyone had thought of Bernie Sanders.

Democratic Party President Tom Perez on Tuesday praised the “rally” movement around Joe Biden before “the most important election in our lives”.

Former candidate and progressive senator Elizabeth Warren has yet to support him.

Joe Biden is expected to be officially nominated as a candidate at a Democratic convention on August 17.

The electoral campaign has been muted for a month because of the Covid-19 pandemic, which put an end to all rallies, public meetings and other door-to-door meetings. Donald Trump remains very visible during the crisis, whose electoral impact is uncertain.

“Barack Obama has spent much of the past five years urging Joe Biden not to run for president for fear that he will make fun of himself,” campaign manager Brad Parscale said in a statement. “President Trump will destroy it.”

04/14/2020 19:30:34 –
Washington (AFP) –
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