Obama congratulates Biden, Harris, says it is up to them to mend 'deeply and bitterly divided' country

Joshua Bote, USA TODAY

Politicians on both sides of the aisle, including former Presidents, presidential candidates, and Congresspeople have taken to Twitter to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on clinching the victory over President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

"In this election, under circumstances never experienced, Americans turned out in numbers never seen. And once every vote is counted, President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris will have won a historic and decisive victory," former President Barack Obama wrote in a lengthy statement issued on Twitter.

"I know he'll do the job with the best interests of every American at heart, whether or not he had their vote. So I encourage every American to give him a chance and lend him your support."

"America has spoken and democracy has won," tweeted former President Bill Clinton, less than an hour after the Associated Press officially called the election for Biden after nabbing the necessary electoral college votes.

Hillary Clinton also congratulated Biden and Harris on clinching the victory: "It's a history-making ticket, a repudiation of Trump, and a new page for America."

Biden officially won by grabbing Pennsylvania's 20 votes, a crucial swing state in the election that Trump won in 2016.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who ran for the Democratic presidential ticket, congratulated Biden and Harris for the win: "Let’s go make some big, structural change."

Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.), who competed against Biden for the Democratic presidential nomination, tweeted a congratulations of not just the incoming President and Vice President, but of grassroots organizers: "I want to congratulate all those who worked so hard to make this historic day possible."

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush was among the few Republicans to cross the aisle. "I will be praying for you and your success," the former Republican presidential prospect tweeted. "Now is the time to heal deep wounds."

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), who ran against former President Barack Obama in 2012, also tweeted congratulating Biden and Harris.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), following a congratulatory message, shared a days-old clip of CNN correspondent Abby Phillip discussing Trump's political career beginning with falsehoods accusing former President Barack Obama.

"Poetic justice," she said.

Below, see how politicians — from former presidents to newly-elected Congresspeople — have responded to Biden and Harris' win.

Former President Barack Obama

Former President Bill Clinton

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)

Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.)

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah)

Former South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush

Rep.-elect Jamaal Bowman (D-NY)

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.)

Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.)

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