President Barack Obama has finally pulled out all the stops and gone on the offensive. It seems he doesn’t have enough to worry about with running the country so he used some of his leisure time to give a stump speech to African Americans for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Obama was speaking at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. And he let himself get intense to rile up the crowd.
Claiming that his legacy was the most important thing at stake in the upcoming election, Obama shouted that African American voters need to show up to the polls in November to protect his legacy.
“I will consider it a personal insult, an insult to my legacy, if this community lets down its guard and fails to activate itself in this election,” Obama yelled from the stage.
Obama and Clinton must have compared notes before the event because she used the exact same point in her speech. Protecting Obama’s legacy is, according to Clinton, one of the most important reasons to get out and vote in this upcoming election.
Obama didn’t stop by simply urging African American voters to get out to the polls, however. He pointed to recent moves by conservative groups and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to implement voter ID laws as a relic of the Jim Crow era.
“I mean, he missed that whole civics lesson about slavery and Jim Crow, but we’ve got a museum for him to visit,” Obama joked, referring to the upcoming African American History Museum in Washington, D.C.
Trump, for his part, called what President Obama has done for the African American community terrible and said that the situation for African Americans “[is] worse now than just about ever.”
The media machine is moving and Obama is doing his best to keep it pulling in his favor. Hopefully people look to more than the legacy of a lame-duck president when they show up to the polls in November.