President Obama dropped any pretense of objectivity Thursday in the Democratic presidential primary race.
With just enough time to grab lunch after his Oval Office meeting with Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday morning, Obama made it official: He’s casting his lot with his former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest said later Thursday that the president’s video should be considered a joint endorsement by First Lady Michelle Obama, as well.
“Look, I know how hard this job can be. That’s why I know Hillary will be so good at it,” the president said in the long-awaited announcement. “She’s got the courage the compassion and the heart to get the job done.”
“And I say that as someone who had to debate her more than 20 times.”
Clinton, who bitterly fought then-Sen. Obama for their party’s 2008 presidential nomination but went on to serve as his top diplomat, replied – again, over Twitter – “Honored to have you with me @POTUS. I’m fired up and ready to go! -H”
Her campaign immediately released a statement announcing that the duo will campaign together on June 15 in Green Bay, Wisconsin, to “discuss building on the progress we’ve made and their vision for an America that is stronger together.”
Said the president: “I’m with her. I’m fired up and I cannot wait to get out there and campaign for Hillary.”
Across the partisan divide – and also on Twitter – presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump derided the partnership as “Obama just endorsed Crooked Hillary.”
Clinton, in turn, was just as succinct in her reply to Trump: “Delete your account.”
Only 152 more days of this until the country votes on Nov. 8. Buckle up.