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Obama Endorses Clinton: 'I Don't Think There's Ever Been Someone So Qualified

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"I don't think there's ever been someone so qualified to hold this office."

President Barack Obama speaks in the White House briefing room in Washington, Friday, May 6, 2016, about the economy and new steps to strengthen financial transparency and combat money laundering, corruption, and tax evasion. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Barack Obama today endorsed Hillary Clinton for the presidency.

In a video distributed by the presumptive Democratic nominee's campaign, Obama said the former first lady might be the most qualified candidate ever to seek the presidency.

"Look, I know how hard this job can be," Obama said. "That's why I know Hillary will be so good at it. In fact, I don't think there's ever been someone so qualified to hold this office."

Obama was reportedly chomping at the bit to hit the campaign trail this cycle to make the case against presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.

The endorsement comes shortly after Obama met with Clinton's Democratic rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, at the White House. Obama thanked Sanders for his "incredible" campaign and said that embracing his focus on economic inequality and bringing young people into the political process will help the Democrats win in November.

"Secretary Clinton and Sen. Sanders may have been rivals during this primary, but they're both patriots who love this country," he said.

Clinton's decision to serve as Secretary of State after she lost to Obama the 2008 campaign was a "testament to her character," the president said. He added that he saw her "judgment" and "toughness" in action in her role as the U.S.'s top diplomat.

"I'm with her, I am fired up, and I cannot wait to get out there and campaign for Hillary," Obama said.

When asked about the endorsement during a meeting with Democratic Minority Leader Sen. Harry Reid Thursday afternoon, Sanders did not respond.

Obama will campaign with Clinton in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Thursday, June 16.

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