2ND UPDATE, 12:35 PM with more details: President Barack Obama’s videotaped endorsement of Hillary Clinton was released today by Clinton’s twitter account. Her rival in the race for the White House, reality-star/real-estate-mogul Donald Trump, responded by crafting another Crooked Hillary Twitter gag:
Clinton’s camp responded in Twitter terms generally reserved for someone who tries and fails to land a joke on social media:
Only Sean Spicer, chief strategist for RNC, jumped in, noting that particular tweet is pretty rich, coming from Clinton’s account:
It took a while for Trump to come up his own, much-less-snappy-than-Spicer’s response:
UPDATE, 11:50 AM with more details: “I think it was pretty evident from that video and from his appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon that will air tonight at 11:30,” White House press secy Josh Earnest said today during his daily briefing when asked how enthusiastic President Obama is to hit the campaign trail for presumptive Dem nominee Hillary Clinton.
“That’s a free plug, Peter, for your network,” Earnest added to the NBC correspondent in the room, presumably Peter Alexander, who could be heard responding that he appreciated it.
Asked why the endorsement announcement was made via Twitter, instead of at the White House briefing as media had been led to believe, and to have it come from Clinton’s account instead of Obama’s, Earnest called it an “intuitive decision” having to do with letting Clinton make the news.
Donald Trump, reality star-turned-GOP nominee, took to Twitter too, to offer his response:
Likewise his party:
PREVIOUS, 11:19 AM: “For more than a year now, across thousands of miles and all 50 states, tens of millions of Americans have made their voices heard. Today I want to add mine,” President Obama said this morning in a video, endorsing Dem nominee Hillary Clinton. The video went out not long after his one-hour-ish meeting with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sanders’ statement vowing to continue campaigning in Washington D.C. which is having its primary Tuesday.
“I don’t think there’s ever been someone so qualified to hold this office,” Obama said. “She’s got the courage, compassion and heart to get the job done….I’m with her and I cannot wait to get out there and campaign with Hillary.” Obama will campaign with Clinton next week in Green Bay, WI.
Clinton pounced on that:
Earlier in the day, TV news networks lost their minds when Sanders came to the White House to meet with Obama.
“Bernie Sanders! In the building!” joked CNN’s John Berman, as a deafening clicking of cameras erupted when the two men walked the Rose Garden’s colonnade.
“There were two jokes told there! Berman’s co-host Kate Bolduan said, based on the body language of the two politicians during the brief walk and the distant sound of laughter that could be heard, barely, over the cameras.
“First of all we learned that Sen. Sanders arrived in the south side of the White House. He was taken into the residence,” Berman said. “That walk you just saw, is the walk you see when the president is with heads of state,” Berman marveled. “These are courtesies being extended right now to Bernie Sanders. I saw at least one back slap from the Senator to the President –
“And then a backslap from the President to the Senator,” Bolduan jumped in.
“What does it mean, though?” Berman wondered.
“Ah! Let’s discuss this right now,’ Bolduan said.
And then they did.
TV news pundits expecting Sanders to make some kind of concession statement after his meeting with Obama did not get that.
Sanders instead read a statement to the press waiting breathlessly in the garden, once again decrying the “handful of billionaires” who exercise “enormous power over our political, economic and media life.”
Among the headlines: Sanders has no intention of dropping out, still plans to compete in the Washington D.C. primary this coming Tuesday and will pitch to locals that the district should be a state because it has about as many residents as the state of Vermont that he represents. “We have two United States senators and one congressman with full rights, while D.C. does not and that does not make any sense,” he said.