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Obama Endorses Hillary Clinton for President

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President Obama wants you to know: He's definitely with her. And he said he knows how hard the job can be and that's why he thinks "Hillary will be so good at it."

In a video endorsement of Clinton for president, Obama said, "I don't think there's ever been someone so qualified to hold this office. She's got the courage, the compassion and the heart to get the job done—and I say that as somebody who had to debate her more than 20 times."

Obama congratulated Clinton as the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and historic first female presidential nominee of a major political party. He acknowledged Clinton's service as Secretary of State as a "testament to her character," even after their own hard-fought 2008 primary run against each other.

"From the decision we made in the situation room to get Bin Laden, to our pursuit of diplomacy in capitals around the world, I have seen her judgment. I have seen her toughness. I have seen her commitment to our values up close," Obama said. "So I want those of you who've been with me from the beginning of this incredible journey to be the first to know: I'm with her."

The endorsement came hours after Obama met with Sen. Bernie Sanders Thursday morning at the White House. In the video, Obama thanked Sanders for rallying young voters to register and cast election ballots for the first time.

After the meeting with Obama, Sanders said he would work with Clinton to defeat Republican nominee Donald Trump. Sanders did not say he would be pulling out of the race—not yet, anyway. Obama's endorsement video urged Democrats to unite for the election in November.

President Obama also said in the video that he would be hitting the campaign trail on Clinton's behalf; according to White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, that will start in Green Bay, Wisconsin, next week. Earnest told the Washington Post that Obama told Sanders on Sunday that he would endorse Clinton, and prerecorded his video on Tuesday before it was released on Thursday via Twitter.

Clinton thanked Obama with a tweet shortly after the endorsement. In an interview with Bloomberg Politics, she noted the endorsement was "such a treat," since they've "gone from fierce competitors to true friends" over the years.

Hillary Clinton also picked up crucial high-profile endorsements from Vice President Joe Biden and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren on Thursday.

The nominee will be officially chosen at the Democratic National Convention, which takes place July 25–28 in Philadelphia.

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