Former US President Barack Obama has congratulated newly elected President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris in a statement posted to Twitter on Saturday after Biden’s electoral victory over President Donald Trump.
“I could not be prouder to congratulate our next President, Joe Biden, and our next First Lady, Jill Biden,” Mr. Obama wrote in a tweet.
He also praised Harris’ “groundbreaking election as our next Vice President.” Harris, elected as a senator from California in 2016, has now made history as the first woman and first person of color to be chosen to serve as vice president.
“We’re fortunate that Joe’s got what it takes to be President and already carries himself in that way,” the Democratic leader continued.
Mr. Obama said, Biden would face a series of extraordinary challenges no incoming President ever has, including the coronavirus pandemic and a global shift toward authoritarian rule.
A spokesperson for Barack Obama confirmed that the former president spoke separately with both Biden and Harris Saturday afternoon to offer his congratulations, and told them how proud he was of the campaign they ran in unprecedented times.