The former American President Barack Obama made his first campaign appearance alongside Joe Biden on Tuesday during a virtual fundraiser. He helped in raising more than $11 million for White House while warning Democrats against being “complacent or smug” presidential race.
He urged the viewers to learn a lesson from 2016 and not take the election for granted. He said a “great awakening” among Americans coils help defeat Donald Trump in November’s election.
Obama said that “just because this energy is out there does not mean that it assures our victory and it does not mean that it gets channeled in a way that results in real change.”
“There’s a backlash, that is fierce, against change,” Obama added. The Democrats are hoping, Obama’s appeal, especially among black and younger voters can help boost the energy of Biden.
According to Biden press secretary TJ Ducklo, the two-term Democrat proved a major draw, bringing a substantial audience and raising over $11 million in total. He considered it to be the most successful finance event of the entire campaign.
The virtual fundraiser collected $7.6m from 175,000 grassroots contributors according to the Biden campaign.
“I am here to say the help is on the way if we do the work, because there’s nobody I trust more to be able to heal this country and get back on track than my dear friend Joe Biden,” said Obama.
“What makes me optimistic is the fact that there is a great awakening going on around the country, particularly among younger people” who are “fed up with the shambolic, disorganized, mean-spirited approach to governance that we’ve seen over the last couple of years,” he added. Biden supported Obama’s opinion on political change.
The fundraising camp of Donald Trump has been able to raise $265 million in cash at the end of May. Trump’s Dallas fundraiser earlier this month raised north of $10m for the campaign, Republican National Committee and the Trump Victory Fund.