(PatriotHeadline.Com)- Former President Barack Obama refused to intervene in the Democratic primaries for the 2020 presidential election in a move many found shocking. Obama kept silent about the candidacy of his friend and former Vice President Joe Biden, and only now that he has become the presumed Democratic nominee has the former president spoke out in support of him.
Obama released a video on Tuesday morning in which he said he believes “Joe has all the qualities we need in a President right now.”
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 14, 2020
And he really meant it…honest, he did!
In a video recorded in his home, the former president argued that Biden is best equipped to manage the ongoing Chinese coronavirus pandemic.
“If there’s one thing we’ve learned as a country from moments of great crisis, it’s that the spirit of looking out for one another can’t be restricted to our homes or our workplaces or our neighborhoods or houses of worship, it also has to be reflected in our national government,” he said.
“The kind of leadership that’s guided by knowledge and experience, honesty and humility, empathy and grace,” he added.
Obama explained that these characteristics belong in the White House, implying that President Donald Trump doesn’t encompass them, and said he is “proud to endorse Joe Biden for president of the United States.”
Is that why it took him a year to come out and say it?
Let’s quickly flashback to last year when several news outlets reported that Barack Obama told Joe Biden, “You don’t have to do this Joe. You really don’t.”
Perhaps Obama knew that Biden wasn’t in the best position to handle the campaign. Not only had his son tragically died, but Biden has been exhibiting symptoms of dementia for some time already.
Biden proudly accepted the endorsement, writing on Twitter that the endorsement “means the world” to him and his wife.
Barack — This endorsement means the world to Jill and me. We’re going to build on the progress we made together, and there’s no one I’d rather have standing by my side. https://t.co/0mAjPZeYmd
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) April 14, 2020
Quite different to Biden’s original claim that he asked Obama not to endorse him. Last April, Biden offset rumors that Obama didn’t actually support his campaign by suggesting he didn’t want the endorsement as the candidate who wins “should win it on their own merits.”