To the surprise of no one, Barack Obama officially endorsed Joe Biden for President today. “Joe has the character and experience to lead us through one of our darker times and heal us through a long recovery,” he said in a video statement posted on his Twitter account, which already has over half a million views twenty minutes after being posted.
Obama spent the primary neutral, at least publicly. Team Trump has attempted to spin this as a lack of faith in his former Vice President. Today’s strong endorsement will likely put to rest any theories in that direction; if anything, I suspect reporting will bare out in the next few weeks that Obama had a more active role in the primary behind-the-scenes than people expected.
For Biden, Obama’s endorsement offers a chance to bring excitement and enthusiasm for a campaign that has long lacked either. The endorsement video is already performing better than just about any other video posted by Team Biden, and I’m quite curious to see if there’s a spike in their donations today. It’s a big deal.
“I’ll see you on the campaign trail as soon as I can,” Obama said at the end of the endorsement. Wonder when that’ll be!