It becomes more adorable with each passing day to remember how we spent a year after the twists and the assumptions of a Democratic presidential primary between 20 candidates. After all the noise, Joe Biden only had to hang on to South Carolina for Democratic voters to actually name him by acclamation. Cool. Much of this time was also spent debating whether the Democrats needed a return to the difficult days of the Obama administration or a bolder program of structural review. Has Barack Obama gone far enough? was a fundamental elementary school question. It was mostly unspoken, because answering the negative might take the name of the most popular democrat in vain.
And then, the day after the last remaining competitor withdrew and the alleged candidate was approved, Obama himself came out with the answer: Hell, I certainly wouldn’t work on the Obama platform.
“You know, I couldn’t be more proud of the incredible progress we have made together during my presidency,” Obama said in a video released Tuesday morning, endorsing Joe Biden. “But if I ran today, I would not run the same race or I would not have the same platform as in 2008.”
He said now is not the time to just “tinker with tax credits or underfunded programs.” While it is important to “protect the gains we have made with the Affordable Care Act,” he said, “it is also time to go further. We need to make affordable plans for everyone, provide everyone with a public option, expand Medicare and finish the job so that health care is not just a right, but a reality for everyone. “
During the last presidential debate in March, Biden stressed the need to join the Paris climate agreement. Bernie Sanders got a little warmth to respond by saying that in terms of what is needed on climate policy, there is “no question of getting into the Paris agreement. It is very good. We do not care. It does not matter. But Obama, in his approval video, made a similar, if more clever, point. “We must refer the United States to the Paris agreement and lead the world in reducing the pollution that causes climate change,” he said. “But science tells us that we need to go much further – that it is time for us to accelerate progress on bold new green initiatives that make our economy an innovator in clean energy, save us money and secure the future of our children. “
If Obama emphasized in his video that it is not enough to return to the policies of the Obama administration, it is because the video was more than a simple endorsement of Joe Biden. It was his first appeal to the cause of party unification.
Obama did not skimp on the praise of Bernie Sanders in the approval. He described Sanders as “an American original” who “dedicated his life to giving voice to the hopes, dreams and frustrations of the workers”.
“We both know that nothing is more powerful than millions of voices calling for change,” said Obama. “And the ideas he defends, the energy and enthusiasm he inspired, especially among young people, will be essential to moving America forward in a direction of progress and hope.” Because for the second time in 12 years, we will have the incredible task of rebuilding our economy. And to face the moment, the Democratic Party will have to be bold. “
Obama has also spoken perhaps the most complimentary words against President Donald Trump and the Trump administration since he left office.
Because one thing everyone has learned by now is that the Republicans who occupy the White House and run the United States Senate are not interested in progress. They are interested in power. They’ve been willing to spend millions of dollars on their health insurance and eliminate protections for pre-existing conditions for millions more, even in the midst of this public health crisis, even if they are willing to spend a trillion. dollars in tax cuts for the wealthy. They have given polluters unlimited power to poison our air and water and have denied the science of climate change just as they have denied the science of pandemics. They have repeatedly ignored the American principles of rule of law, voting rights and transparency – fundamental standards that previous administrations have observed regardless of party. Principles that are the foundation of our democracy.
The future of our country therefore depends on this election. And it will not be easy. The other side has a huge war chest. The other side has a propaganda network with little respect for the truth. On the other hand, pandemics have a way of cutting through a lot of noise and rotation to remind us of what is real and what is important. This crisis reminded us that government is important. It reminds us that good government is important. These facts and the science are important. Let the rule of law count. Having informed and honest leaders who seek to bring people together rather than separate them – these kinds of leaders are important.
No, it is not at the point where it will actually use the Last name like the idiot he’s referring to. But it wasn’t until April. Welcome to the party.