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Jun. 9, 2016

Obama Finally Endorses Clinton

Gosh, who saw that one coming?

In a video posted to YouTube, Barack Obama officially endorsed Hillary Clinton Thursday. What a profile in courage: Wait until after the primary is effectively over and one candidate has collected enough delegates. Gutsy call right there. “So I want those of you who’ve been with me from the beginning of this incredible journey,” he said, “to be the first to know that I’m with her.”

As if anyone didn’t already know that…

But Obama’s main concern was uniting a Democrat Party that just hasn’t gelled the way party elites wanted after Clinton became the presumptive nominee. He complimented Bernie Sanders for running “an incredible campaign,” one that brought young people into the “progressive” camp on the issues of income inequality and money in politics. “Embracing that message is going to help us win in November,” Obama said. “But more importantly, it’ll make the Democratic Party stronger, and it will make America stronger. … And if we all come together in common effort, I’m convinced we won’t just win in November, we’ll build on the progress that we’ve made and we will win a brighter future for this country that we love.” Is it any surprise that Clinton was Obama’s pick to build on his legacy?

On a more important note, Obama’s endorsement almost surely insulates Clinton from the force of law. “Now that President Obama has formally endorsed his former Secretary of State for President,” writes National Review’s Dan McLaughlin, “it’s no longer possible for him — or a Justice Department directly answerable to him — to rule impartially on whether she or her close associates should be indicted over her mishandling of classified emails.” Talk about a conflict of interest. Obama’s endorsement of the utterly corrupt Clinton further tarnishes his already bad legacy, as does his failure to appoint a special prosecutor with his next breath.

As for Sanders, the curmudgeon isn’t quite ready to call it quits. He met with Obama before the video dropped, and the ol’ socialist said he’d work with Clinton to fight Trump — but that he’d still participate in the DC primary. Soon, he said he’d speak with Clinton about “how we can work together to defeat Donald Trump and to create a government that represents all of us and not just the 1%.” The 74-year-old candidate is dialing it back, but he won’t shut it down until he knows his ideas have pushed the party even further left.

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