President Barack Obama endorsed Hillary Clinton for president Thursday.
Clinton is the first woman in United States’ history to be the presumptive nominee for a major party.
“I don’t think there’s ever been someone so qualified to hold this office. She’s got the courage, the compassion, and the heart to get the job done. And I say that as someone who had to debate her more than 20 times,” Obama said in the video endorsement.
He disagreed with the notion that the campaign between Clinton and Bernie Sanders had divided the nation, and he thanked Sanders for calling out subjects such as income inequality and political campaign finance.
“Embracing that message is going to help us win in November. But more importantly, it will make the Democratic party stronger, and it will make America stronger,” Obama said.
The Republican Party said that Obama’s endorsement only means Clinton is “running to give President Obama’s failed policies a third term,” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement.
“President Obama has trampled the Constitution, buried our country in $9 trillion of crushing new debt, presided over the weakest economy in a generation, and with Clinton’s help, pursued a weak and dangerous foreign policy that has made us less safe,” Priebus said. “I don’t think there’s been a candidate for this office more unethical and untrustworthy than Hillary Clinton.”
Sheena McFarland has worked in the communication field for more than a decade. She currently is a communications specialist for The University of Utah David Eccles School of Business, telling the stories of students, faculty and staff through traditional and new media. She continues to freelance for The Salt Lake Tribune, where she was a reporter and editor, covering topics ranging from education to government to astronomy. She graduated from the University of Utah with a communication degree and minors in French and biology teaching.