Obama Endorses Hillary, Announces First Campaign Stop Together

By Steven Klett, Epoch Times
June 9, 2016 Updated: June 9, 2016

President Barack Obama endorsed Hillary Clinton on social media sites following Clinton’s decisive win in the June 7 primaries. Their first campaign stop together is scheduled for June 15 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. 

“I don’t think there’s ever been someone so qualified to hold this office,” said Obama on the three-minute video. 

“She’s got the courage, the compassion, and the heart to get the job done. And I say that as somebody who had to debate her more than 20 times,” the president continued, referring to his hard-won 2008 primary. 

“Even after our own hard-fought campaign, in a testament to her character, she agreed to serve her country as secretary of state,” he said. 

Obama also said that he was going to join her on the campaign trail to help with the coming general election season. 

“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. “I am fired up. And I can’t wait to get out there and campaign with Hillary.”

Its was also announced that Obama and Clinton will give their first joint rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin on June 15. 

Clinton responded to the endorsement with a tweet:

“Honored to have you with me, @POTUS. I’m fired up and ready to go!” she wrote, signing it with ‘-H’ to indicate the tweet was from her personally.

His endorsement came only an hours after meeting with Clinton’s primary rival Bernie Sanders at the White House for a meeting at the Senator’s request.

In the video, Obama thanked Sanders for running an “incredible campaign.” 

“There are millions of Americans, not just Democrats, who’ve cast their ballots for the very first time. And a lot of that is thanks to Senator Bernie Sanders, who has run an incredible campaign. I had a great meeting with him this week and I thanked him for shining a spotlight on issues like economic inequality, on the outsized influence of money on our politics, and bringing young people into the process.”

Following the endorsement, Donald Trump and Clinton got into a mini Twitter war of words: