BY CARRIE DANN, NBC News
(NBC News) - President Barack Obama has formally endorsed Hillary Clinton in a video released Thursday afternoon.
President Obama endorses Hillary: "I don’t think there’s ever been someone so qualified to hold this office." https://t.co/KetvKoa853— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 9, 2016
"I know how hard this job can be. That's why I know Hillary will be so good at it. In fact, I don't think there's ever been someone so qualified to hold this office," he says in the video, which was tweeted by Clinton's official twitter account.
The endorsement came just hours after Obama held a meeting at the White House with Clinton rival Bernie Sanders, who told reporters after the summit that he will remain in the race through the District of Columbia primary next week but indicated that he will meet with Clinton soon "to see how we can work together to defeat Donald Trump and to create a government which represents all of us and not just the one percent."
Obama had stayed conspicuously neutral in his public comments throughout the contentious Democratic primary.
NBC News named Clinton the presumptive Democratic nominee on Monday evening after she secured a majority of Democratic delegates, including the superdelegates whom Sanders has previously derided as Washington insiders.
After significant wins in the California and New Jersey on Tuesday, she had also won a majority of pledged delegates to the Democratic National Convention in July.