Barack Obama embraces Charlie Crist for Governor in video endorsement
The hug that started a chain reaction.

President Obama Holds Town Hall Meeting In Fort Myers, Florida
‘If you’re ready for a Governor who cares about people instead of bullying them … vote for Charlie Crist.’

Like a good hug, it’s an endorsement that’s always there for Charlie Crist.

Former President Barack Obama has endorsed the Democratic candidate as he hopes to return to the Governor’s Mansion and unseat Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis. The endorsement comes in a video published to Twitter with only 18 days until the General Election.

“Hey, Florida. We have a lot of work to do, and it starts with making Charlie Crist your next Governor,” Obama says in the recorded video.

The clip is headed for digital advertising as part of a fundraising and mobilization effort ahead of the Midterm Election.

“Charlie has two things I admire: guts and decency. Charlie Crist is fearless, guided by what’s right, even when it’s hard,” Obama says. “So if you’re ready for a Governor who cares about people instead of bullying them, who will fight for voting rights and a woman’s right to choose, who understands the challenges you’re facing every day and who will fight for you, vote for Charlie Crist.”

The video ends with a clip of the infamous hug Obama and Crist, then Florida’s Republican Governor, exchanged in February 2009 during an event to support the new President’s stimulus package. Crist has called the embrace “the hug that killed my Republican career.”

But while Crist was run out of the Republican Party during his first term, the Obamas have been there for him during his subsequent campaigns as a Democrat. Michelle Obama rallied for Crist in 2014 during his second gubernatorial bid — his first as a Democrat — and, in 2016, the outgoing President endorsed Crist’s successful congressional campaign.

Obama also endorsed Illinois Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker Friday in his re-election bid. Pritzker was the keynote speaker at the Florida Democratic Party’s Leadership Blue Gala in July.

Recent polls have shown DeSantis with a lead of 5 percentage points or more — 11 points, according to the latest FAU poll. He also outshines Crist, a recent Democratic Congressman and former Republican Governor, in the money race.

The former President hasn’t said much publicly about DeSantis, who is emerging as a possible challenger to his former Vice President, President Joe Biden. Speaking on Saturday’s episode of “Pod Save America,” a political podcast hosted by former Obama aides, he placed DeSantis on the list of GOP politicians who are successful despite not being as relatable to average voters.

“I suspect … it’s the degree to which conservative media just has a lock on how people are presented,” Obama said. “The dominant narratives there are so powerful that people will vote for DeSantis even if I’m not sure that they would really have a great time.”

Renzo Downey

Renzo Downey covers state government for Florida Politics. After graduating from Northwestern University in 2019, Renzo began his reporting career in the Lone Star State, covering state government for the Austin American-Statesman. Shoot Renzo an email at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @RenzoDowney.


28 comments

  • Tom

    October 21, 2022 at 12:47 pm

    Legend Tom here.

    To bad Obummer can’t come and hug chameleon in person.

    LMAO, how many of you Dumtard neophytes know that the Dum Dems lost over 1000 elected Dem office holders, under the O bummer/Biden presidency? 1100 is the number!

    Just add Charlie Chameleon to the list!
    LMAO.

    DeSantis’s win will be in the Bob Graham percentage! Enjoy!

    • Elliott Offen

      October 21, 2022 at 12:51 pm

      Obama was a good president. You and stupid people like you started this whole mess when you attacked the man for no reason at all besides hate for someone who wanted the best for people. Now you people have big problems on your hands and if you keep on .. they’re going to get bigger.

      • Tom

        October 21, 2022 at 1:15 pm

        LMAO, are you serious idiot Elliot?

        The classic Reagan line,
        Are you better off than you were 2 yrs ago? And 4 yrs ago? No comparison.
        Biden, Harris destroyed the economy.

        Obummer goes down as the most “In consequential” potus in last 50 yrs.
        Trump had more accomplishments period! In 4 to his 8. you are an idiot crap catcher, like Joey corsin, your alias.

        The Dumtards have the wrecking ball coming, day of reckoning approaching. Charlie getting crushed!
        Val loses too.

        • Elliott Offen

          October 21, 2022 at 2:08 pm

          Trump has more accomplishments than Obama? You’re a lying sack of shit buddy. You dream things up..spew non-factual nonsense. You lie!

          • Tom

            October 21, 2022 at 3:04 pm

            It’s not even close!
            Only Dumtards, soros Manchurians think else!

            Go back mommy! Elliot!

          • Tom

            October 21, 2022 at 3:04 pm

            It’s not even close!
            Only Dumtards, soros Manchurians think else!

            Go back mommy! Elliot!

          • Elliott Offen

            October 21, 2022 at 3:08 pm

            Yeah it’s not even close because Trump did absolutely nothing.

          • Tom

            October 21, 2022 at 3:28 pm

            Obummer says get off Trump.
            But you and Joey, or both can’t.
            Mental retards.
            The list is long, in 4 yrs not 8.
            Obummer was a waste of a presidency.

      • Tom

        October 21, 2022 at 1:15 pm

        LMAO, are you serious idiot Elliot?

        The classic Reagan line,
        Are you better off than you were 2 yrs ago? And 4 yrs ago? No comparison.
        Biden, Harris destroyed the economy.

        Obummer goes down as the most “In consequential” potus in last 50 yrs.
        Trump had more accomplishments period! In 4 to his 8. you are an idiot crap catcher, like Joey corsin, your alias.

        The Dumtards have the wrecking ball coming, day of reckoning approaching. Charlie getting crushed!
        Val loses too.

        • Elliott Offen

          October 21, 2022 at 2:22 pm

          You gonna get your mouth washed out with soap you belligerent drunk asshole. Gonna get a smack for lying and being a wise ass.

          • Tom

            October 21, 2022 at 4:00 pm

            Come try pervert bastard, you and Joey banging mommy!

            Shut the fuck up, u and Joey.
            Obummer says too!

            Bastards.

          • Tom

            October 21, 2022 at 4:00 pm

            Come try pervert bastard, you and Joey banging mommy!

            Shut the fuck up, u and Joey.
            Obummer says too!

            Bastards.

          • Elliott Offen

            October 21, 2022 at 4:25 pm

            Yeah I know you are an incest victim but if you keep on you’re going to be a rape victim. You just mind your manners.

  • Tom

    October 21, 2022 at 12:47 pm

    Legend Tom here.

    To bad Obummer can’t come and hug chameleon in person.

    LMAO, how many of you Dumtard neophytes know that the Dum Dems lost over 1000 elected Dem office holders, under the O bummer/Biden presidency? 1100 is the number!

    Just add Charlie Chameleon to the list!
    LMAO.

    DeSantis’s win will be in the Bob Graham percentage! Enjoy!

    • The Real Tom

      October 21, 2022 at 1:07 pm

      👆 This is the fake Tom. Pay no attention to him whatsoever…not a bit.

      • Tom

        October 21, 2022 at 1:20 pm

        Legend Tom here!
        Your mother is a whore!
        Joey, you are her pimp!
        LMAO it sucks being Joey corsin!
        Ask soros for a raise.

        • The Real Tom

          October 21, 2022 at 2:33 pm

          Yeah? Take that kinda language to the bar buddy and the whole bar might beat you. Play the drums on your head they will…

          • Tom

            October 21, 2022 at 3:13 pm

            LMAO, u stuck with her!
            Pervert, Joey & Elliot!
            It ducks being you both, he, she, him or her.
            Charlie fired his camp manger cause of you and incest.
            Pathetic bastard!

          • Tom

            October 21, 2022 at 3:13 pm

            LMAO, u stuck with her!
            Pervert, Joey & Elliot!
            It ducks being you both, he, she, him or her.
            Charlie fired his camp manger cause of you and incest.
            Pathetic bastard!

      • Tom

        October 21, 2022 at 1:20 pm

        Legend Tom here!
        Your mother is a whore!
        Joey, you are her pimp!
        LMAO it sucks being Joey corsin!
        Ask soros for a raise.

        • The Real Tom

          October 21, 2022 at 2:35 pm

          What? Seek help for sexually related mental health problems. Incest victimhood is a hell of a thing to deal with alone. There are resources out there buddy. Prayers for you…

          • Tom

            October 21, 2022 at 3:01 pm

            Real Tom here.
            You corsin and your perverted Elliot are blow hards. Mommy issues.

            Corrupt perverts.
            You threaten murder, harm, physical attacks. Shove your prayers!

          • Tom

            October 21, 2022 at 3:01 pm

            Real Tom here.
            You corsin and your perverted Elliot are blow hards. Mommy issues.

            Corrupt perverts.
            You threaten murder, harm, physical attacks. Shove your prayers!

          • The Real Tom

            October 21, 2022 at 3:10 pm

            Take it to the bar buddy. Whole bar will beat you.

          • Tom

            October 21, 2022 at 5:27 pm

            Your mommy is a whore Joey, Elliot!
            You both are her pimps!

          • The Real Tom

            October 21, 2022 at 6:06 pm

            You’re a legendary dumbass. Gonna get pulverized at the bar. Gonna get kicked around the streets.

  • Gaius Octavius

    October 21, 2022 at 12:53 pm

    With or without Saint Obama, Crist is going to get crushed. I seriously doubt he’ll have a future in politics after the thrashing he’s about to receive. He will, however, have plenty of time to work on his tan.

  • David In Shoreline

    October 21, 2022 at 7:17 pm

    Yeah sure, bringing in Obama is going to work. LOL. Let’s face it Charlie, you are a washed out has-been. Maybe join the Democratic Socialists of America party for your run in 2026, see how that works out for ya. Meanwhile, Florida is blessed with competent leadership from America’s Governor Ron DeSantis.

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