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President Obama formally endorses Hillary Clinton for president

Obama endorses Clinton: 'I don't think there's ever been someone so qualified to hold this office'

President Obama formally endorsed Hillary Clinton as his successor to the White House on Tuesday, saying he doesn’t think anyone has ever been more qualified for the job she seeks as the presumptive Democratic nominee.

“I know how hard this job can be,” he said. “That’s why I know Hillary will be so good at it. In fact, I don’t think there’s ever been someone so qualified to hold this office."

The Clinton campaign tweeted a video of the endorsement, about two hours after Obama met at the White House with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who continues his own candidacy for the Democratic nomination.

But Clinton has outdistanced Sanders in votes and delegates to the July nominating convention and claimed the nomination this week. Fellow Democrats are rallying around her and quietly or publicly urging Sanders to start working toward bringing the party together for the general election.

Obama’s move to endorse Clinton while Sanders is still technically in the race illustrates the president’s growing confidence that his job of unifying the party will be much easier than he once feared. He and his staff increasingly are talking about the unanimity among Democratic voters against the candidacy of presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Obama for weeks has questioned Trump’s temperament and preparation for the job, two ideas he hit on hard in his endorsement video.

“I have seen her judgment. I have seen her toughness. I have seen her commitment to our values up close,” he said of Clinton, who was his Democratic rival in the 2008 primary race and then later served as his secretary of State.

Obama and Clinton plan to campaign together in Wisconsin next Wednesday, according to Clinton campaign officials.

In his video, Obama thanked Sanders for shining a spotlight on income inequality and for bringing young people into the process.

Clinton and Sanders may have been primary season rivals, he said, “but they are both patriots who love this country, and they share a vision for the America we all believe in.”

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