Obama Reacts to Biden Naming Harris as His Running Mate: ‘Joe Biden Nailed This Decision’

Former President Barack Obama offered praise to presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden for selecting Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) to join the ticket as his vice president.

Obama released a statement on Tuesday noting the selection of a vice president is the “first important decision” a president has to make.

He acknowledged the weight of the presidency and suggested the president needs someone who has the “judgment” and “character” to make the right decisions.

Obama congratulated Biden for selecting Harris and recognized her as the right fit for Biden.

“Joe Biden nailed this decision. By choosing Senator Kamala Harris as America’s next vice president, he’s underscored his own judgment and character,” Obama said.

He added, “Reality shows us that these attributes are not optional in a president. They’re requirements of the job. And now Joe has an ideal partner to help him tackle the very real challenges America faces right now and in the years ahead.”

Biden took to Twitter on Tuesday to announce he has selected Harris as his running mate, as IJR previously reported.

He called her “a fearless fighter for the little guy” and “one of the country’s finest public servants.”

Biden noted Harris’ accomplishments as Attorney General including taking on “the big banks,” lifting up “working people,” and protecting “women and kids from abuse.”

Obama also mentioned Harris’ career as evidence Biden made the right choice.

“I’ve known Senator Harris for a long time. She is more than prepared for the job. She’s spent her career defending our Constitution and fighting for folks who need a fair shake,” Obama said.

He continued, “Her own life story is one that I and so many others can see ourselves in: a story that says no matter where you come from, what you look like, how you worship, or who you love, there’s a place for you here. It’s a fundamentally American perspective, one that’s led us out of the hardest times before. And it’s perspective we can all rally behind right now.”

The former vice president’s decision garnered support from several of his Democratic colleagues, as IJR previously reported.

President Donald Trump’s campaign slammed Harris shortly after the announcement calling her “phony.”

During his press briefing, Trump said he was surprised by Biden’s pick because Harris has been “very, very nasty” to Biden during the primaries.

Responses

  1. Gee, Screw, still singing that old tune. Even Bernie isn’t using that line. Bernie’s 2016 voters took notice that Bernie was still promising the things he did when he came to Congress decades ago. Despite a national campaign, he was only able to muster the support of 13 Senators. He needs 60. His single payer plan did not even work in Vermont.

    Ronald Reagan ran 3 times before he won, so anything’s possible.

    We will see in November if Trumpers still believe in Mexico paying for the wall, China paying U.S. import taxes, Trump signing a balanced budget, Trump paying off the debt by 2024, or Trump being an actual law abiding citizen. Are R’s still as gullible as 2016?

  2. General, coverage isn’t healthcare. Medicare does not train medical professionals or supply to latest equipment. Medicare does not set the requirements for or provide Level 1 Trauma centers. Medicare, as with any carrier, cares about fraudulent BILLING. In order for a doctor or hospital to participate with Medicare they only need to provide an active license and agree to accept the Medicare payment scale.

  3. In an alternate timeline one wonders who Bernie might have picked had he not been doubly sucker-punched by the DNC.

    Maybe he’ll run a 3rd time. It worked for Joe, though he terminated his previous two tries, before deciding to really run this time.

    See what persistence gets you? Chelsea Clinton even wrote a children’s book about it.

  4. Remember that time Obozo had to apologize for calling Kamallama “best-looking attorney general in the country”?

  5. “How is what Trump promised any different than Bernie?” Phyllis

    Bernie’s policies were based on what we need, what he fought for consistently, for decades. Trump’s was based on whatever he thought would get him elected, even though he didn’t expect or want to get elected, so he promised lies because he didn’t think that he would ever have to deliver on them. You might say be careful what you wish for, huh?

    “M4A was about PAYMENT–not healthcare” Phyllis

    No, it was about delivering the same type of coverage as other developed countries have, even better than some, at a reasonable cost.

  6. General, How do you like the “change” you have had for the last 4 yrs.? Bernie helped make it possible. And did Bernie garner enough support for passage of M4A, free college, or $15 minimum wage during those 4 yrs? HOW many yrs has Bernie been selling his plans? Hint: It is actually longer than R’s have been selling “Repeal and Replace Obamacare.” If the majority of Dems wanted pledges of fantasy policies, they would have voted for Bernie, just as the R’s voted for Trump’s pledges to Save the Coal industry. Build a beautiful wall that Mexico would pay for. Sign into law that secret replacement to Obamacare. Balanced Budgets. Pay off the national debt in 8 yrs. No golf or vacations. How is what Trump promised any different than Bernie?
    Biden has 2,627 earned delegates to Bernie’s 1,073. Sure, Bernie Bros can demonstrate in Wisconsin or Delaware to let the country know they aren’t happy that Biden won’t promise to deliver policies he knows won’t pass Congress. Many Americans actually LIKE the commercial insurance plans. Hospitals LIKE commercial insurance plans as they PAY MORE than Medicare and Medicaid. Less money means fewer hospitals—Less money means fewer dollars for the newest equipment or recruiting and retaining qualified staff. M4A was about PAYMENT–not healthcare just as the “beautiful wall” was about a symbol of security, not actual security.

  7. “the president needs someone who has the “judgment” and “character” to make the right decisions” Obama

    He “nailed it” for the establishment, not the country and its people. Obama was the establishment president through and through, too, but he got elected by promising change. Ooops.

    Joke Biden promised rich people “no change” and he chose the establishment’s pick for Veep. At best we can expect nothing that rocks the establishment boat for the next four years (provided that Joke Biden succeeds in beating the worst incumbent president EVER).

    2024 can’t come soon enough.

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