Don’t be shocked if President Obama’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton comes this week, perhaps Wednesday.
For one thing, Obama and aides have long said he has held off on an endorsement until after the Democratic primaries are over — and that happens Tuesday night with contests that are expected to give Clinton enough delegates to clinch the nomination over rivalBernie Sanders.
For another: Obama is scheduled to be in New York on Wednesday for Democratic fundraisers, a convenient opportunity to deliver an endorsement in her home state.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest declined to specify Obama’s plans, citing Tuesday’s primaries.
“After the Democratic voters in New Jersey and California weigh in tomorrow, you know, we may have a better sense of where the race is headed,” Earnest said.
Earnest also made clear that Obama — who has already taken a number of shots at Republican candidate Donald Trump — is eager to get out on the campaign trail on behalf of Democratic candidates, including the presidential nominee.
Earnest also said that “certainly somebody who claims a majority of the pledged and superdelegates, you know, has a strong case to make” — a description that fits Clinton.
Campaigning in California, Clinton, the former secretary of State, told reporters she is pleased with the prospect of Obama’s support.
“I look forward to campaigning with the president,” Clinton said.