Obama shared the statement on his official Twitter account Saturday afternoon. He said he “couldn’t be prouder” to congratulate Biden and his vice president Kamala Harris – the first female vice president in American history.
The 44th president claims that Americans are fortunate that Biden “has what it takes to be President.” However, Obama says “he’ll face a series of extraordinary challenges” that no incoming president ever has. He listed the ongoing pandemic, an unequal economy, the justice system, and perilous climate issues as obstacles to Biden’s administration.
The former president says that Biden will do the job with the best interest of all Americans at heart. In addition, Obama says that includes citizens who did not vote for him.
“So I encourage every American to give him a chance and lend him your support,” Obama wrote. “The election results at every level show that the country remains deeply and bitterly divided. It will be up to not just Joe and Kamala, but each of us, to do our part.”
Obama Thanks First-Time Voters, Asks Everyone to “Stay Engaged”
Next, Obama went on to personally thank everyone who worked and volunteered for the Biden campaign. Additionally, he thanked every American who got involved with the election. In fact, the former president recognized first time voters and said their contribution made a difference in the 2020 election.
“Your efforts made a difference. Enjoy this moment,” Obama said in the statement. “Then stay engaged. I know it can be exhausting. But for this democracy to endure, it requires our active citizenship and sustained focus on the issues – not just in an election season, but all the days in between.”
“Our democracy needs us more than ever. And Michelle and I look forward to supporting our next President and First Lady however we can,” Obama concluded.