Joe Biden’s former boss and top surrogate, President Barack Obama, surprised some voters with a FaceTime call as they stood in line to cast their ballots early.
“The fact that you’re making your voice heard in this election — which is going to be the most important in my lifetime,” Obama says to one surprised voter, Monica, from Florida.
“In my lifetime,” she echoes, in a new video first viewed by CNN and released by Biden’s campaign on Election Eve.
“I did not expect Obama, that’s kind of crazy,” says Joel, a voter in Wisconsin, after his conversation with the former president. Another voter, Andres, in Arizona, expressed his enthusiasm for casting his ballot. “We came here to look for a better life, and I got it,” he tells the former president.
The voters were told that the campaign wanted to capture their voting story, a Biden campaign aide tells CNN, and that a senior official from the Biden campaign was going to speak with them. One staffer stopped a voter halfway through to tell them that one of his "colleagues" had some questions to ask before handing over the phone with Obama on the line.
Obama has been all-in, campaigning in full swing for his former vice president in the weeks leading up to the election. Over the weekend, the two recently appeared together in key battleground Michigan, where Obama spoke of Biden’s character and tried to paint a contrast between the two presidential candidates.
“Trump cares about feeding his ego, Joe cares about keeping you and your families safe,” Obama said Saturday. “And he’s less interested in feeding his ego with having big crowds than he is making sure he’s not going around making more and more people sick. That’s what you should expect from a president.”
As Biden and his wife, Jill, and Sen. Kamala Harris and her husband, Douglas Emhoff, fan across battleground Pennsylvania on Monday, Obama will be campaigning on behalf of the Biden-Harris ticket in South Florida and Atlanta, Georgia, where he will also stump for Georgia Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock.