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Read Barack Obama's Message to Joe Biden After Election Win

Barack Obama Is Immensely Proud of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris's Win: "Enjoy This Moment"

FLINT, MI - OCTOBER 31: Former U.S. President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden wave to the crowd at the end of a drive-in campaign rally at Northwestern High School on October 31, 2020 in Flint, Michigan. Biden is campaigning with former President Obama on Saturday in Michigan, a battleground state that President Donald Trump narrowly won in 2016. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Joe Biden is officially the president-elect, and of course, his good friend and former White House colleague Barack Obama is sending him a congratulatory message. On Nov. 7, Barack posted a heartfelt tribute to Joe, writing, "I could not be prouder to congratulate our next President, Joe Biden, and our next First Lady, Jill Biden." He also extended the highest commendation to Kamala Harris, the vice president-elect. "I also couldn't be prouder to congratulate Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff for Kamala's groundbreaking election as our next Vice President," he wrote.

Barack went on to express hope for the trajectory of the United States. "I know he'll do the job with the best interests of every American at heart, whether or not he had their vote," the A Promised Land author wrote. "So I encourage every American to give him a chance and lend him your support." He ended by thanking allies and members of Joe and Kamala's campaign team, writing, "Your efforts made a difference. Enjoy this moment." Read Barack's statements ahead.

Barack's Instagram Tribute to Joe and Kamala:

I could not be prouder to congratulate our next President, Joe Biden, and our next First Lady, Jill Biden.

I also couldn't be prouder to congratulate Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff for Kamala's groundbreaking election as our next Vice President.

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.

We're fortunate that Joe's got what it takes to be President and already carries himself that way. Because when he walks into the White House in January, he'll face a series of extraordinary challenges no incoming President ever has – a raging pandemic, an unequal economy and justice system, a democracy at risk, and a climate in peril.

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. The election results at every level show that the country remains deeply and bitterly divided. It will be up to not just Joe and Kamala, but each of us, to do our part – to reach out beyond our comfort zone, to listen to others, to lower the temperature and find some common ground from which to move forward, all of us remembering that we are one nation, under God.

Finally, I want to thank everyone who worked, organized, and volunteered for the Biden campaign, every American who got involved in their own way, and everybody who voted for the first time. Your efforts made a difference. Enjoy this moment. Then stay engaged. I know it can be exhausting. But for this democracy to endure, it requires our active citizenship and sustained focus on the issues – not just in an election season, but all the days in between.

Our democracy needs all of us more than ever. And Michelle and I look forward to supporting our next President and First Lady however we can.

Image Source: Getty / Drew Angerer
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