Former President Obama is joining Kamala Harris on the campaign “trail” in two upcoming virtual fundraisers for the Harris-Biden presidential campaign. Joe Biden has been sequestered away from the public eye nearly 30% of the days in September. It doesn’t appear that Obama and Harris will include Biden in their virtual fundraising events.
In April, Obama endorsed Biden (in an impersonal tone), despite choosing not to endorse Biden in 2016. NPR reported that Obama said, “‘The kind of leadership that’s guided by knowledge and experience, honesty and humility, empathy and grace. That kind of leadership doesn’t just belong in our state capitals and mayors’ offices,’ Obama said. ‘It belongs in the White House, and that’s why I’m so proud to endorse Joe Biden for president of the United States.'”
In August, Obama endorsed Harris with a significantly more personal and loving tone. USNews reported, “‘Joe has an ideal partner to help him tackle the very real challenges America faces right now and in the years ahead,” Obama said. ‘I’ve known Senator Harris for a long time. She is more than prepared for the job. She’s spent her career defending our Constitution and fighting for folks who need a fair shake,’ he added.” When Harris was running for Senate, Obama called her a “fearless fighter.”