President Obama Endorses Hillary Clinton In A Video After Months Of Refusing To Pick Sides

After months of acting like neutral Switzerland regarding the Democratic presidential primary election, President Obama officially endorsed Hillary Clinton Thursday. In a video posted online, he said, “I don’t think there’s ever been someone so qualified to hold this office.” The announcement came after her Democratic rival, Bernie Sanders, met with President Obama in the White House Thursday morning, when the president presumably broke the news to him that he was on Team Hillary.

Obama was very enthusiastic about the endorsement, after having to keep his opinions to himself throughout all the primary madness. “I want those of you who have been with me since the beginning of this incredible journey to be the first to know that I’m with her,” he said in the video posted to Hillary Clinton’s website and tweeted out by the candidate. “I am fired up. And I can’t wait to get out there and campaign with Hillary.”

He congratulated her on making history by becoming the first female presumptive presidential nominee for a major U.S. political party, and talked up her experience serving as secretary of state in his administration. “Look, I know how hard this job can be,” he said. “That’s why I know Hillary will be so good at it.”

The president continued: “I have seen her judgment. I have seen her toughness. I’ve seen her commitment to our values up close. I’ve seen her determination to give every American a fair shot at opportunity, no matter how tough the fight was.”

He also commended Sanders for leading “an incredible campaign,” thanking him for bringing important issues to the forefront of the election. “I had a great meeting with him this week, and I thanked him for shining a spotlight on issues like economic inequality and the outsized influence of money in our politics and bringing young people into the process,” President Obama said in the endorsement video.

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After leaving the White House Thursday, Sanders seemed to know his campaign was doomed, vowing to work with Clinton. “I look forward to meeting with [Clinton] in the near future to see how we can work together to defeat Donald Trump and to create a government which represents all of us and not just the one percent,” Sanders told reporters. He thanked the president and vice president for remaining impartial during the primaries, saying: “They said in the beginning is that they would not put their thumb on the scales and they kept their word and I appreciate that very, very much.”

Sanders has maintained that he’ll stay in the race through the last primary next week, but he must know that it’s really over now that President Obama endorsed his opponent. Obama will start campaigning with the Clinton campaign next week in Green Bay, Wisconsin and wants to do whatever it takes to crush Trump.