As the 2020 election kicks into high gear, former President Barack Obama has been very vocal about his support of his former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign.
“I think it was a terrific decision, and indicative of the kind of decision making Joe is going to display once he gets to the White House,” Obama said of the historic selection.
“Kamala is somebody I've known for years. She is smart. She is tough. She is somebody who I think will be able to share the stage with Mike Pence, or whoever else, and dissect some of the terrible decisions that have been made over the last four years that have helped create worse problems than were necessary in the midst of this pandemic.”
Selecting someone “who would be prepared on day one to assume the presidency in the event that that was necessary” is important, Obama said, but for him, the relationship between the President and Vice President goes beyond that.
“The most important thing Joe provided was just somebody whose judgment I trusted, so that after we had gone through briefings and puzzled over what options were available to solve big problems, I could say to Joe ‘What do you think?’ And I knew that he would give me reasoned advice, and he would make sure that whatever advice he gave was private,” he shared.
“There's no possibility of a vaccine for COVID being developed and distributed between now and the election, but it is possible that some of the trials that are being done result in us knowing before the election that a vaccine is on the way,” he said.
The former President wants people to vote, and to vote early if they can.
“If you are in a jurisdiction, if you're in a state where you have the option to vote early, you need to do that now, because the more votes are in early, the less likely you're going to see a last minute crunch, both at polling places and in those states where mail-in ballots are permitted,” Obama said.
“[The Democrats] put forward a proposal months ago to make sure that people got additional relief, that small businesses got additional help, and that certain parts of government, including the Post Office, as well as state and local governments that are getting clobbered by this crisis, also get help so that they can keep on doing the important business that they do to help the American people in all kinds of ways.”
Obama continued, saying that “for reasons that you and I probably don't completely understand, other than, I guess, pure ideology on their part, and this, uh, consuming hatred of government, the Republicans didn't put anything forward. So, you had negotiations between Democrats and Republicans in Congress go to the last minute, they're now deadlocked. You now have the president throwing in this additional monkey wrench trying to starve the postal service.”
But Obama is hopeful looking forward, confident that Americans will have their voices heard at the polls in November.
“I think what the American people are looking for is sober, serious, thoughtful, compassionate, empathetic leadership that's listening to them, and understands what they're going through, and is trying to bring the country together,” said Obama, sharing that he is “confident that if, if we do our jobs, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are gonna be able to do their jobs and the country will be better for it.”