Former President Barack Obama finally issued his long-awaited endorsement of his former vice president, Joe Biden, this week, offering his support to “Uncle Joe” as he became the last man standing in the race for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. And according to a report from the Washington Examiner, Obama is pretty excited about it.
The Examiner reported Saturday that “insiders” told the New York Post that Obama has seemed “very eager” to get started helping Biden take down President Donald Trump this November.
“He is very eager to do this,” an ex-Obama official told the Post, the Examiner reported. “I certainly expect President Obama to be very active.”
It had been something of a running joke throughout the Democratic primary process that Obama had refrained from weighing in on the field of candidates — not even to throw his support behind his former right-hand man. That all changed on Tuesday, however, when Obama tweeted out a video that touted Biden as the right person to replace Trump.
“Choosing Joe to be my vice president was one of the best decisions I ever made, and he became a close friend. And I believe Joe has all the qualities we need in a president right now,” the former president said, according to Fox News.
Indeed, while some reports had suggested that Obama urged Biden not to mount a bid for the White House, the New York Post reported that according to an Obama insider, the COVID-19 pandemic has the 44th president convinced that it’s time for a leadership change.
“The coronavirus disaster and the [federal] government’s inability to lead on it is searing in his brain…more than anything else Trump has done,” the insider explained, according to the Post. “Obama is generally heartbroken by the Donald Trump presidency.”
The Post‘s sources suggested that while Obama is prepared to take on an active role in Biden’s campaign, it is unclear what exactly that would entail.
“While COVID-19 has put an end to in-person events, President Obama can still be deployed in a number of ways to help Vice President Biden,” Democratic strategist Eric Koch told the Post, “including unlocking his massive fundraising network, continuing to be visible in online videos that get big audiences, serving as a high-profile surrogate in a wide range of media and helping unify the party to face Trump.”
It always seemed inevitable that Obama would, at some point, enter into the political fray on behalf of Trump’s 2020 challenger.
That said, the former president doesn’t exactly have a stellar record of success when it comes to endorsements, and if his participation is driven more by opposition to Trump and less by a belief in the candidate he’s backing, that won’t help matters.
Either way, Americans will likely be seeing a lot more of Obama in the coming months — for better or worse.