CNN VIDEO: Obama Congratulates Hillary Clinton On Winning Needed Delegates
By Stephen Collinson, CNN // June 8, 2016
ABOVE VIDEO: Full Hillary Clinton speech Tuesday night.
(CNN) – President Barack Obama “congratulated” Hillary Clinton Tuesday for winning the delegates needed to clinch the Democratic presidential nomination.
“Her historic campaign inspired millions and is an extension of her lifelong fight for middle-class families and children,” the White House said in a statement following Clinton’s speech celebrating her status as the presumptive Democratic nominee.
Obama called both Clinton and her Democratic rival Bernie Sanders Tuesday to applaud them for “running inspiring campaigns that energized Democrats.”
The President will meet Sanders at the White House on Thursday at the Vermont senator’s request, the statement said.
The statement serves as Obama’s first acknowledgment of Clinton’s elevation to the presumptive Democratic nominee. Reaching the highest peak yet in a tumultuous and trailblazing political career, Clinton wasted no time Tuesday in wooing Sanders supporters and praising his “extraordinary campaign.”