VIDEO: Barack Obama offers stark warning to Democrats during joint fundraiser with Joe Biden

6/24/2020 8:31 AM   

Former President Barack Obama urged supporters to do more to back the White House campaign of former Vice President Joe Biden as he hurdles toward the general election against President Trump. Obama said during a joint fundraiser with Biden, his first such appearance with his former No. 2, that the situation Biden will inherit if he wins this November may be tougher than that of early 2009 but that the former vice president is the right candidate to meet the moment. "I am here to say the help is on the way if we do the work because there’s nobody I trust more to be able to heal this country and get back on track than my dear friend Joe Biden," Obama said. "I appreciate you all being on this call, but, man, this is serious business," he added later.

"Whatever you've done so far is not enough. And I hold myself and Michelle and my kids to the same standard." Obama cast the stakes of the 2020 election in stark terms, noting that while he inherited a nation with a crippled economy, Biden will take over the White House from a president who Obama said is undermining the country's foundations. "My predecessor, who I disagreed with on a whole host of issues, still had a basic regard for the rule of law and the importance of our institutions," Obama said.