Why Hasn't Barack Obama Endorsed Joe Biden for President Yet?

Hunter DeRensis

The past three days have been a political whirlwind in the Democratic presidential primary. Former Vice President Joe Biden, whose campaign was believed dead after embarrassingly poor showings in both Iowa and New Hampshire, reanimated like Frankenstein’s Monster on Saturday with a thirty-point blowout victory in the South Carolina primary.

Additionally, in the past twenty-four hours, two competitors in the moderate lane, former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, have suspended their campaigns and plan to endorse Biden simultaneously at a rally this evening in Dallas. The Democratic establishment is quickly moving to coalesce itself around a single candidate.

So the question remains: when, and will, former President Barack Obama endorse his old running mate?

Since his announcement, Biden has pitched himself as the candidate closest to the legacy of Obama and the person most likely to return to the heady days before the election of Donald Trump. “And if the Democrats want a nominee who’s a Democrat, a lifelong Democrat, a proud Democrat, an Obama-Biden Democrat, join us,” he told his cheering supporters during his South Carolina victory speech.

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