Washington, DC – Former President Barack Obama congratulated his former vice president, Joe Biden, now the country’s future head of state, and his running mate, Kamala Harris, on Saturday for their “historic and decisive victory” in the elections.
“I cannot be more proud to congratulate our next president, Joe Biden, and our future first lady, Jill Biden,” Obama said in a statement, congratulating Harris on his “groundbreaking” election as first vice president of the United States. (USA), a position never held by a woman before.
The former president highlighted the record of participation in these elections, which has made Biden the presidential candidate with the most votes in US history, with more than 74 million votes.RELATED
Biden has surpassed the record of 69.5 million votes that Obama himself cast during his first presidential campaign in 2008.
“In these elections, in circumstances that we had never experienced before, Americans participated in record numbers. And once all the votes are counted, President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris will have won a historic and decisive victory, ”said Obama.
In addition, Obama asked all Americans, those who have voted for Biden and those who have not, to give him a chance once he arrives at the White House on January 20, because, he assured, the president-elect will hold office having consider in your “heart” the interests of each and every one of them.
“The election results,” he added, “show that our country is still deeply and bitterly divided,” the ex-president added.
“It depends not only on Joe and Kamala, but on each one of us; we must do our part to get out of our comfort zone, to listen to others and lower the temperature and look for something in common to move forward, remembering that we are a nation under the grace of God ”.
Biden surpassed the magic 270 electoral college vote he needed on Saturday morning when he extended his lead in Pennsylvania to more than 30,000 votes over US President Donald Trump.
The current US president could not achieve reelection in any way without prevailing in Pennsylvania, so the projection of the chains that Biden will win that key state sealed his fate.
When Biden arrives at the White House, he will take the reins of a nation polarized at historic levels, with heavy racial wounds and where the pandemic has killed more than 236,000 people.