President Obama Thanks Debbie Wasserman Schultz for Her Leadership

In the wake of the announcement that Debbie Wasserman Schultz is resigning as chair of the Democratic National Committee, President Obama issued a statement thanking her for her leadership.

“For the last eight years, Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has had my back,” the President said in a statement. “This afternoon, I called her to let her know that I am grateful. Her leadership of the DNC has meant that we had someone who brought Democrats together not just for my re-election campaign, but for accomplishing the shared goals we have had for our country.”

The President pointed to Schultz’ role in the many of the critical fights Democrats have faced during his presidency, “Her critical role in supporting our economic recovery, our fights for social and civil justice and providing health care for all Americans will be a hallmark of her tenure as Party Chair.”

“Her fundraising and organizing skills were matched only by her passion, her commitment and her warmth. And no one works harder for her constituents in Congress than Debbie Wasserman Schultz,” Obama said. ”

“Michelle and I are grateful for her efforts, we know she will continue to serve our country as a member of Congress from Florida and she will always be our dear friend.”

Vice President Joe Biden added, “‎Debbie Wasserman Schultz has had the President’s and my back over the last eight years—and we’re incredibly grateful. She’s been part of our efforts to build an economy from the middle-out, to deliver quality, affordable health care to millions of Americans, and to protect equal rights for everyone.”

Biden praised Wasserman Schultz for being a serious leader who fights for women, seniors and working families, “Governing is serious business. The country deserves—and needs—serious leaders like Debbie. A fighter for women’s health and rights. A fierce advocate for seniors and working families. A Congresswoman who knows her first job is serving her constituents—and her first obligation is always to her beautiful family—Steve, Jake, Rebecca, and Shelby. Debbie is an incredible public servant, and she will always be my friend.”

Debbie Wassmerman Schultz will resign effective at the end conclusion of the Democratic National Convention, which starts on Monday and ends Thursday evening. She leaves with huge praise from the President and Vice President for all of the work she accomplished as Chairwoman.