President Obama congratulated Hillary Clinton on winning the Democratic nomination, and is also scheduled to meet with Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement:
Tonight, President Obama called both Secretary Clinton and Senator Sanders. The President congratulated both candidates for running inspiring campaigns that have energized Democrats, brought a new generation of Americans into the political process, and shined a spotlight on important policy ideas aimed at making sure our economy and our politics work for everybody, not just those with wealth and power.
The President congratulated Secretary Clinton for securing the delegates necessary to clinch the Democratic Nomination for President. Her historic campaign inspired millions and is an extension of her lifelong fight for middle-class families and children.
The President thanked Senator Sanders for energizing millions of Americans with his commitment to issues like fighting economic inequality and special interests’ influence on our politics.
In addition, at Senator Sanders’ request, the President and Senator Sanders will meet at the White House on Thursday to continue their conversation about the significant issues at stake in this election that matter most to America’s working families. The President looks forward to continuing the conversation with Senator Sanders about how to build on the extraordinary work he has done to engage millions of Democratic voters, and to build on that enthusiasm in the weeks and months ahead.
The meeting with Sanders is interesting because Sanders and the President have also had two phone conversations.
It is logical that President Obama might be acting as the negotiator to get an agreement between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders so that the party is unified in opposition to Donald Trump. With Clinton clinching the nomination, the only intrigue left in the Democratic Party is the mapping out of Sen. Sanders’ exit from the race. Ignore the public rhetoric about fighting on; it appears that Bernie Sanders is exploring his exit from the Democratic race.