Obama Formally Endorses Centrist French Presidential Candidate Macron (VIDEO)

President Barack Obama speaks about the Affordable Care Act at Miami Dade College in Miami, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. Obama is in Miami to encourage people to sign up for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act during an upcoming enrollment period. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
President Barack Obama speaks about the Affordable Care Act at Miami Dade College in Miami, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. Obama is in Miami to encourage people to sign up for health care coverage under the Affordable Care... President Barack Obama speaks about the Affordable Care Act at Miami Dade College in Miami, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. Obama is in Miami to encourage people to sign up for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act during an upcoming enrollment period. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) MORE LESS
|
May 4, 2017 12:19 p.m.

Former President Barack Obama formally endorsed French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron Thursday, marking one of his first forays into politics since leaving office.

Obama announced his endorsement in a Twitter video on Macron’s feed, in which he called the centrist candidate someone who “appeals to people’s hopes and not their fears.”

“I have admired the campaign that Emmanuel Macron has run,” Obama said. “He has stood up for liberal values, he put forward a vision for the important role that France plays in Europe and around the world. And he is committed to a better future for the French people. He appeals to people’s hopes and not their fears.”

Macron is currently running against far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, a race that has, of course, brought up comparisons to Trump and the 2016 U.S. presidential race.

Obama had supported Macron in the past but had declined to formally endorse him until now. He said in the video that he does not plan on stepping into too many other races, but that the French election was too important not to speak up about.

“I’m not planning to get involved in many elections now that I don’t have to run for office again, but the French election is very important to the future of France and to the values that we care so much about,” Obama said.

Watch the clip below via Twitter:

Introducing
The TPM Journalism Fund: A New Way To Support TPM
We're launching the TPM Journalism Fund as an additional way for readers and members to support TPM. Every dollar contributed goes toward:
  • -Hiring More Journalists
  • -Providing free memberships to those who cannot afford them
  • -Supporting independent, non-corporate journalism
Are you experiencing financial hardship?
Apply for a free community-supported membership
Comments
advertisement
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Senior Editor:
Special Projects Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Publishing Associate:
Front-End Developer:
Senior Designer:
SPECIAL DEAL FOR PAST TPM MEMBERS
40% OFF AN ANNUAL PRIME MEMBERSHIP
REJOIN FOR JUST $30