Video: Obama Endorses Emmanuel Macron for French President

Interfering in foreign elections is fine now

Steve Watson
May 4, 2017

After months of accusing Vladimir Putin of interfering in the US election, former US president Barack Obama has openly endorsed Emmanuel Macron for French president, saying that “he is committed to a better future for the French people.”

Obama posted a video Thursday morning giving his support to Macron, the centrist liberal candidate who is running against the nationalist candidate Marine Le Pen.

“I know that you face many challenges and I want all of my friends in France to know how much I am rooting for your success,” Obama said, adding “Because of how important this election is, I also want you to know I am supporting Emmanuel Macron to lead you forward. En march. Vive la France.”

Obama added that Macron “appeals to people’s hopes and not their fears.”

“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.”

Macron immediately tweeted the video out:

Obama noted that “I’m not planning to get involved in many elections anymore, now I don’t have to run for office again.”

The hypocrisy of Obama inserting his voice into another nation’s election wasn’t lost on many:

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