Updated: February 24, 2021
Former President Barack Obama endorsed Joe Biden for President in a video release on Tuesday.
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Biden was Obama’s Vice President for eight years, and both have remained good friends.
Obama waited for the crowded Democratic primary process to play out before endorsing Biden. His endorsement comes a day after Senator Bernie Sanders endorsed Biden on Monday night.
Obama once said he picked Biden to be his running mate because he wanted someone “with a little gray in their hair,” according to the New York Times. Axios recalled that “images of their friendship — like enjoying ice cream and laughing together — eventually became symbols of the Obama administration’, adding that “the complexities of their relationship emerged when Biden pondered a 2016 challenge to Hillary Clinton, which Obama did not encourage, per the Washington Post.
The endorsement also comes as President Donald Trump struggles to justify his bungled response to the novel coronavirus.
Tens of thousands of Americans have died and billions of dollars have been lost, mainly because President Trump failed to heed warnings and take early actions to curb the spread of the disease in the United States.