The former president strongly supported Biden and Harris prior to the election: “I could not be more proud,” he stressed.
The former president of the United States, Barack Obama congratulated his former vice president, Joe Biden, on Saturday for having been elected as the new president by prevailing in a historic election over the current head of state, Donald Trump.
Obama, who actively supported the candidacy of Biden and Harris, said in a statement that “couldn’t be more proud to congratulate our next president, Joe Biden, and our future first lady, Jill Biden. “
He also emphasized that it was “revolutionary“Harris’s election as vice president, since a woman never held that position in the country.
The former president highlighted the record of participation in these elections, which has made Biden a the presidential candidate with the most votes in U.S. history, with more than 74 million votes.
Biden beat the record of 69.5 million votes that Obama himself cast during his first presidential campaign, in 2008.
“In these elections, in circumstances that we have never experienced, Americans participated in record numbers. And once all the votes are counted, President-elect Biden and Vice-President-elect Harris will have succeeded. a historic and decisive victory“said Obama.
In addition, Obama asked all Americans, those who have voted for Biden and those who have not, to give him a chance once he arrives at the White House on January 20, because, he assured, the president-elect will hold office having consider in your “heart” the interests of each and every one of them.
“The election results,” he added, “show that our country is still deeply and bitterly divided“, qualified the ex-president.
“It depends not only on Joe and Kamala, but on each one of us; we must do our part to get out of our comfort zone, to listen to others and lower the temperature and look for something in common to move us forward, remembering that we are a nation under the grace of God. “
Biden surpassed the magical 270 nominees he needed in the Electoral College shortly before 11:30 a.m. EDT when he extended his lead in Pennsylvania to more than 30,000 votes over President Donald Trump.
The current US president could not achieve reelection in any way without prevailing in Pennsylvania, so the projection of the chains that Biden will win that key state sealed his fate.
When Biden arrives at the White House, he will take the reins of a nation polarized at historic levels, with heavy racial wounds and where the pandemic has killed more than 236,000 people.