In the 2016 election, Obama waited to endorse Hillary Clinton until she had officially won the Democratic nomination, according to CNBC.
Obama’s announcement comes one day after Sen. Sanders announced he would be backing Biden, 77, as the presumptive Democratic nominee to face President Donald Trump in November.
Sanders — who ended his 2020 presidential campaign last week after making an “honest assessment” of his chances to win the Democratic Party’s nomination — shared his formal endorsement during a livestream broadcast by Biden’s campaign.
“We need you in the White House. I will do all that I can to see that that happens, Joe,” said Sanders, 78.
In a statement, the Trump campaign sniffed at Obama’s support of Biden.
“Now that Biden is the only candidate left in the Democrat field, Obama has no other choice but to support him. … President Trump will destroy him,” said Brad Parscale, the Trump campaign manager.
The former vice president decisively won the South Carolina primary before earning endorsements from some of the Democratic Party’s top names and winning 10 of the 14 states up for grabs on “Super Tuesday.”
Since the Biden campaign’s roaring comeback after South Carolina, he’s received endorsements from former 2020 Democratic candidates like Buttigieg, Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Kamala Harris, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke and billionaire Mike Bloomberg.
“I’m here to report: We are very much alive,” Biden proclaimed following the “Super Tuesday” results. “And make no mistake about it, this campaign will send Donald Trump packing.”
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