Former President Barack Obama officially endorsing his former vice president on Tuesday and using that opportunity to speak out about leadership during a time of crisis.

Former President Barack Obama said: “  The kind of leadership that's guided by knowledge and experience, honesty and humility, empathy and grace, that kind of leadership doesn't just belong in our state capitals and mayors offices. ”

“ It belongs in the White House. And that's why I'm so proud to endorse Joe Biden for president of the United States. ”

 “ This crisis has reminded us that government matters. It's reminded us that good government matters, that facts and science matter, that the rule of law matters, that having leaders who are informed and honest and seek to bring people together rather than drive them apart. Those kind of leaders matter. ”

political commentator David Axelrod said:“  He was running as a direct contrast with with Donald Trump. And, you know, essentially said this is the president we need right now at this time. ”

“  I mean, he was making it very clear not just why he supported Joe Biden, but, you know, all the qualities that he listed, honesty, humility, empathy. These are qualities that critics of President Trump have been pretty clear are missing in him. ”

“  And the president obviously feels that way. And those are important qualities in the midst of a crisis. ”

 Former President Barack Obama said: “ There may and likely will come a time in which we have both an airborne disease that is deadly, and in order for us to deal with that effectively. ”

“  we have to put in place an infrastructure not just here at home, but globally that allows us to see it quickly, isolate it quickly, respond to it quickly, so that if and when a new strain of flu like the Spanish flu crops up five years from now or a decade from now, we've made the investment. ”

So that was 2014, which is interesting to date.

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