CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 04: U.S. President elect Barack Obama (L) and Vice-President elect Joe Biden wave to their supporters after Obama gave his victory speech during an election night gathering in Grant Park on November 4, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama defeated Republican nominee Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) by a wide margin in the election to become the first African-American U.S. President elect. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Former President Barack Obama has announced his endorsement of Joe Biden as the Democratic nominee for the November election against President Donald Trump.

Obama announced in a social media post:

“I’m proud to endorse my friend Joe Biden for President of the United States. If there’s one thing we’ve learned as a country from moments of great crisis, it’s that the American spirit of looking out for one another can’t be restricted to our homes, or our workplaces, or our neighborhoods, or our houses of worship. It also has to be reflected in our national government. The kind of leadership that’s guided by knowledge and experience; honesty and humility; empathy and grace – that kind of leadership doesn’t just belong in our state capitols and mayors offices. It belongs in the White House. That’s why I’m so proud to endorse @JoeBiden for President of the United States.”

“Choosing Joe to be my Vice President was one of the best decisions I ever made. He’s got the character and the experience to guide us through one of our darkest times and heal us through a long recovery. And I’ve got a lot more to say about why Joe should be President in the video. I hope you give it a watch. Then I hope you’ll join us at and make a plan for how you’re going to get involved.”

While not at all a surprising move, Obama has said he would only get involved directly in the race after a likely Democratic nominee for president was narrowed down. With Sen. Bernie Sanders dropping out of the race last week, Obama’s former vice president is the presumed nominee to run against President Donald Trump in November’s election.

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