President Barack Obama formally endorsed Hillary Clinton in a campaign video released Thursday afternoon.
“I know how hard this job can be, that’s why I know Hillary will be so good at it,” Obama said in the endorsement video. “In fact I don’t think there’s ever been someone so qualified to hold this office."
"She's got the courage, the compassion, and the heart to get the job done," the president continued. "I am fired up and I cannot wait to get out there and campaign for Hillary."
The announcement came in the wake of Obama's Thursday morning meeting with Bernie Sanders regarding the future of the Vermont senator's presidential campaign after Clinton became the presumptive Democratic nominee earlier this week.
"Secretary Clinton and Senator Sanders may have been rivals during this primary," Obama said in his endorsement, "but they're both patriots who love this country and they share a vision for the America that we all believe in."
“It just means so much to have a strong, substantive endorsement from the president. Obviously I value his opinion a great deal personally,” Clinton told Bloomberg Politics. “It’s just such a treat because over the years of knowing each other, we’ve gone from fierce competitors to true friends.”