Obama praises Biden for leading US through ‘dangerous times’ in portrait unveiling

Former US President Barack Obama returned to the White House today and delivered strong words of praise and support to the man who served as his vice president for eight years, President Joe Biden.

Obama and former US First Lady Michelle Obama’s appearance at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to unveil their official White House portraits was the first visit there together since they accompanied Donald Trump to the Capitol on Inauguration Day in January 2017 .

It was Mr. Obama’s second trip this year, the first coming in April for an event celebrating the anniversary of the Affordable Care Act.

After his and wife Obama’s portraits were unveiled to loud applause, Mr Obama thanked Mr Biden for allowing the former first couple to invite “a few friends” to the occasion.

Returning to the topic of his former vice president’s tenure in the presidency, Mr. Obama recalled former President Harry Truman’s advice that the only way to find a boyfriend in Washington is to get a dog.

“Our family was fortunate to have two wonderful dogs, but I was even luckier to work day and night for eight years with a man who became a true partner and a true friend,” said Mr. Obama, adding It is now “America’s luck” to have Mr. Biden at the helm of the executive branch.

“They got us through some dangerous times,” he said.

Mr Obama commended Mr Biden for “building on and going beyond” his administration’s work to expand access to healthcare, tackle climate change, “advance social justice” and promote “economic fairness”.

“Thanks to your decency and thanks to your strength — perhaps largely thanks to your faith in our democracy and in the American people, the country is doing better than it did when you took office,” he said, later adding that Americans should be fine “deeply grateful” for Mr. Biden’s leadership.

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