President Obama Endorses Hillary Clinton for President
The president endorsed Clinton in an online video, saying "I'm with her."
By ALEXANDER MALLIN, JONATHAN KARL and RICK KLEIN
June 9, 2016, 7:20 PM
• 4 min read
-- President Barack Obama today endorsed presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for president, saying in an online video, “I’m with her.”
Clinton posted a video of the endorsement to her official campaign website, just an hour after Sen. Bernie Sanders left the White House after a private meeting with Obama in the Oval Office.
"I don’t think there’s ever been someone so qualified to hold this office,” Obama says in the three-minute, 15-second video. “She’s got the courage, the compassion and the heart to get the job done.”
Obama thanks Sanders in the video for bringing the message of income inequality into the campaign, a message that he said Democrats will take with them from here on. Sanders did not comment on his meeting with Obama before leaving the White House today, vowing to continue his campaign through the Washington, D.C., primary on Tuesday.
Obama says in the video he "can't wait" to join Clinton on the campaign trail, and he will make his debut alongside Clinton next Wednesday in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters today the endorsement video was recorded Tuesday, a day after The Associated Press declared Clinton the presumptive Democratic nominee.
Clinton responded with an online message of her own, thanking Obama for the endorsement through a tweet using the president's signature campaign line "Fired up, ready to go!"