President-Elect Joe Biden has officially beat Republican opponent Donald Trump in the 2020 election. Naturally, millions of people across the country, as well as around the world, are elated about the big news.
However, very few people are as happy for Biden’s major win than Former President Barack Obama, who Biden worked under as vice president from 2008 – 2016. In celebration of the next president of the United States, Barack reacted with a touching note for his former colleague and dear friend.
“I could not be prouder to congratulate our next president, Joe Biden, and our next first lady, Jill Biden,” Obama wrote on IG. “I also couldn’t be prouder to congratulate Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff for Kamala’s groundbreaking election as our next vice president.
He continued: “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.
The 44th president of the United States closed: “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.”
Check out Obama’s reaction to Biden’s big win below.