Seeing threat, Obama adds his weight to the presidential campaign


In unusually candid remarks, President Obama privately told a group of Democratic donors that Sen. Bernie Sanders is nearing the point where his campaign against Hillary Clinton will come to an end and that the party must soon come together to back her.

Obama’s remarks at a fundraising event Friday in Austin, Texas, for the Democratic National Committee highlights his plunge into the campaign fray — not only to help Democrats retain the White House but in defense of his own legacy in a political climate dominated by Republican Donald Trump.

“As we get closer to the general election, it will become even more important that the American people understand what is at stake,” White House deputy press secretary Jennifer Friedman said in an e-mail.


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