In a video recorded from his home in Washington, D.C., former President Barack Obama on Tuesday finally endorsed Joe Biden. Obama’s blessing comes less than a week after President Trump needled him about his strange reluctance to endorse his former vice president, suggesting that he knows something about “Sleepy Joe” that the media doesn’t know.
“He knows something that you don’t know,” Trump told White House reporters during a coronavirus briefing last Wednesday. “I think I know, but you don’t know.”
In his video, Obama mawkishly praised Biden’s “character and experience,” and suggested that [unlike the current resident?] he would bring to the White House “leadership that’s guided by knowledge and experience, honesty and humility, empathy and grace.”
“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 work places or our neighborhoods or houses of worship, it also has to be reflected in our national government,” Obama said.
“The kind of leadership that’s guided by knowledge and experience, honesty and humility, empathy and grace,” he continued. “That kind of leadership doesn’t just belong in our state capitols and legislatures, it belongs in the White House, and that’s why I’m so proud to endorse Joe Biden for president of the United States.”
Obama added that choosing Biden to be his V.P. was “one of the best decisions I ever made and he became a close friend.”
The former president went on to discuss the personal tragedies Biden has faced— the loss of a wife and two of his children—and made sure to mention his long train rides home from Washington D.C. to Delaware when he was in the Senate.
“When Joe talks about with parents who’ve lost their jobs, we hear the son of a man who once knew the pain of having to tell his children that he’d lost his,” he said. “When Joe talks about opportunity for our kids, we hear the young father who took the train home each night so he could tuck his children into bed.”
“Through all his trials he’s never once forgotten the values or the moral fiber that his parents passed on to him and made him who he is,” Obama intoned. “That’s what steels his faith in God, in America, and in all of us.”
“Joe has the character and the experience to guide us through one of our darkest times and heal us through a long recovery,” Obama continued. “And I know he’ll surround himself with good people – experts, scientists, military officials who actually know how to run the government and care about doing a good job running the government, and know how to work with our allies, and who will always put the American people’s interests above their own.”
The former community organizer went on to attack Republicans for dismantling some of his “signature achievements,” giving tax breaks to the wealthy and “undermining the rule of law.”
“Republicans running the White House and Senate are not interested in progress. They’re interested in power,” he added.
“The other side has a massive war chest,” Obama said. “The other side has a propaganda network with little regard for the truth. On the other hand, pandemics have a way of cutting through a lot of noise and spin to remind us what is real and what matters. It’s reminded us that good govt matters, that facts and science matter, that the rule of law matters, that having leaders that are informed and honest, and seek to bring people together, rather than drive them apart, those kinds of leaders matter.”
President Trump’s reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee (RNC) said this week they had raised $212 million in the first quarter of 2020, a huge sum that leaves Trump’s team with more than $240 million in cash on hand.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 14, 2020
Obama, it should be noted, was a devoted adherent of Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals,” and adopted the self-described radical’s “divide and conquer” strategy to gain power throughout his political career.
In his book, Alinsky pioneered the concept of identity politics, advocating that the electorate be divided into demographic groups so organizers like Obama could “rub raw the resentments of the people.”
The Trump campaign put out a statement Tuesday responding to Obama’s endorsement, accusing him of doing it because Democrats have no other choice.
“Barack Obama spent much of the last five years urging Joe Biden not to run for president out of fear that he would embarrass himself,” said Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale. “Now that Biden is the only candidate left in the Democrat field, Obama has no other choice but to support him. Even Bernie Sanders beat him to it. Obama was right in the first place: Biden is a bad candidate who will embarrass himself and his party. President Trump will destroy him.”
Reminder: Barack Obama “actively tried to discourage Biden from running.”
Obama only endorsed his own VP when he was the last candidate left, which does not inspire a ton of confidence. pic.twitter.com/GlhwZuHX0o
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) April 14, 2020