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US Barack Obama endorses Hillary Clinton for US president

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Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 05:45 GMT, Jun 10, 2016 |
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US President Barack Obama has officially endorsed presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s bid for the White House, saying she is the most qualified candidate for the job to be the President of the Unites States of America.

“I know how hard this job can be, that is why I know Hillary would be so good at it,” Obama said in a video message on Thursday (June 9), after meeting with the former first lady’s rival Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders at the White House.

“In fact I don’t think there has ever been someone so qualified to hold this office,” the president said of Clinton, who became the party’s presumptive nominee on Tuesday, after reaching the 2,383-delegate threshold.

“I want those of you who have been with me since the beginning of this incredible journey to be the first to know that I’m with her,” Obama continued. “I am fired up. And I can’t wait to get out there and campaign with Hillary.”

Referring to his own battle with the former secretary of state in the 2008 presidential election, Obama said Clinton had “the courage, the compassion and the heart to get the job done,” citing his more than 20 debates with her.