Obama kamala
Harris and the Obamas

Maging si dating US President Barack Obama ay todo papuri sa naging hakbang ng kanyang dating bise presidente na si Joe Biden sa pagpili kay California Sen. Kamala Harris bilang running mate.

Ani Obama sa kanyang statement, nagpapakita lamang ito sa maayos na “judgment and character” ni Biden.

Noon pang taong 2013 ay kinilala na ni Obama ang kagalingan ni Harris na tinawag pa niyang “brilliant.”

Una nang tinangka rin ng 55-anyos si Kamala na tumakbo sa pagkapresidente pero sa huli inindorso rin si Biden.

Bilang isang dating prosecutor at state attorney-general ay isinusulong nito ang reporma sa mga kapulisan lalo na ang nagaganap na anti-racism protest.

Nakilala rin si Harris sa kanyang agresibong istilo sa pagkuwestiyon sa Senado lalo na noong 2018 Supreme Court confirmation hearing kay judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Samantala agad namang binatikos ng kampo ni US President Donald Trump ang pagpili ni Biden kay Harris bilang runningmate.

Sen. Kamala Harris

Pero ipinagtanggol ni dating US President Barack Obama si Harris at “good choice” daw ang ginawa ni Biden.

Makakatunggali nga ng tandem na Biden at Harris sina Trump at Vice President Mike Pence na pambato naman ng Republicans.

Narito ang full statement ni Obama:

Choosing a vice president is the first important decision a president makes. When you’re in the Oval Office, weighing the toughest issues, and the choice you make will affect the lives and livelihoods of the entire country – you need someone with you who’s got the judgment and the character to make the right call. Someone whose focus goes beyond self-interest to consider the lives and prospects of others.

Joe Biden nailed this decision. By choosing Senator Kamala Harris as America’s next vice president, he’s underscored his own judgment and character. Reality shows us that these attributes are not optional in a president. They’re requirements of the job. And now Joe has an ideal partner to help him tackle the very real challenges America faces right now and in the years ahead. 

I’ve known Senator Harris for a long time. She is more than prepared for the job. She’s spent her career defending our Constitution and fighting for folks who need a fair shake. Her own life story is one that I and so many others can see ourselves in: a story that says that no matter where you come from, what you look like, how you worship, or who you love, there’s a place for you here. It’s a fundamentally American perspective, one that’s led us out of the hardest times before. And it’s a perspective we can all rally behind right now. 

Michelle and I couldn’t be more thrilled for Kamala, Doug, Cole, and Ella. This is a good day for our country. Now let’s go win this thing.