Former President Barack Obama apparently played a vital role in convincing Bernie Sanders to drop out of the Democratic primary, paving the way for Joe Biden to seal the nomination uncontested.
Though Barack Obama has been politically distancing himself from Biden since he announced his White House bid last year, over the last few weeks he’s reportedly been working behind the scenes to help ‘accelerate the endgame’ for Biden, the New York Times claims.
Since Joe Biden has cemented his place as the presumptive nominee with a series of resounding Super Tuesdays victories, Barack Obama apparently had at least four conversations with Bernie Sanders to convince him to step aside.
According to sources close to the Democratic Socialist, Barack Obama’s efforts had a considerable impact on Bernie Sanders’ decision to end his bid last week. He allegedly reassured Sanders that he has already accomplished what he’d set out to do: by pushing the Democratic party substantially to the left.
Obama’s motivations were reportedly very simple: he wanted to avoid a repeat of the protracted 2016 primary, in which many – including failed candidate Hillary Clinton – accused Sanders of staying in the race long after his conceivable path to victory had closed.
‘He hurt me, there’s no doubt about it,’ Hillary Clinton told Howard Stern late last year. ‘And I hope he doesn’t do it again to whoever gets the nomination. Once is enough.’
But Bernie Sanders wasn’t the only 2020 Democratic hopeful who shared numerous interactions with Barack Obama during the primary trail.
Despite his relative public silence, Obama held regular conversations with each of the candidates – both during their bids and after they concluded.
‘[Obama’s] private counsel consistently emphasized staying focused on the ultimate goal: winning the White House in November,’ a source close to Obama apparently told CNN.
It’s reported that Barack Obama ‘urged [candidates] to keep in mind that we must be well-positioned to unify as a party once we have a nominee.’
It seems Bernie took Obama’s advice once more, endorsing Joe Biden on Monday night during a Livestream broadcast alongside Biden.
‘Today I am asking all Americans, I’m asking every Democrat, I’m asking every independent, I’m asking a lot of Republicans , to come together in this campaign to support your candidacy, which I endorse,’ Sanders said to Biden on the split-screen, as both men were broadcasting from their homes.
‘To make certain that we defeat somebody who I believe, and I’m speaking just for myself now, is the most dangerous president in the modern history of this country,’ Sanders went on.
In a bid to sway the progressive vote in his favor, Biden assured Bernie’s loyal following that the veteran senator would help to advise him on a number of key issues, from the economy to health care.
Barack Obama’s long-anticipated public endorsement of Biden followed on Tuesday afternoon in the form of a 12-minute monologue.
Obama said Biden possessed the right kind of leadership, ‘the kind of leadership guided by knowledge and experience, honesty and humility, empathy and grace.
‘That kind of leadership doesn’t just belong in our state capitals and mayors offices, it belongs in the White House,’ Obama continued. ‘And that’s why I’m so proud to endorse Joe Biden for president of the United States.’
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