Political candidates garner endorsements from other politicians, organizations, and people of note through their actions and rhetoric. By and large, if people or groups like what the politician has done and said, they’ll give him or her their endorsement.
Alright – sometimes it’s quid pro quo, a straight-up financial transaction like Solyndra and the labor unions.
Of course, not all such endorsements are to a politician’s liking…
One has to assume that, with the 2012 elections just a few days away, both Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev endorsing Obama because they feel that he’d be better for Russia than Romney is one of those cases.
Then again, such an endorsement by unfriendly foreign powers, especially one’s like Russia, might sit very well with many of Obama constituents and cultists. Hence, assuming that Obama has largely given up on trying to woo the undecided voters, he might like these endorsement as a means of raising his base’s enthusiasm.