Speaking at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation gala Saturday night, Obama made an impassioned pitch to voters who may be leery of Clinton by putting his legacy as the first African American president on the ticket in November. "My name may not be on the ballot, but our progress is on the ballot".
Clinton's campaign is relying on the Obamas to help persuade the coalition of minorities, young people and women who propelled them to the White House to cast ballots for this year's Democratic candidate. Justice is on the ballot. "Good schools are on the ballot, ending mass incarceration, that's on the ballot right now".
Obama netted 93 percent of the African-Americans vote, 71 percent of Hispanics and 73 percent Asians Americans, according to exit polls in 2012. "Risked everything so that they could pull that lever". "If I hear anybody saying their vote does not matter, that it doesn't matter who we elect, read up on your history. It matters. We've got to get people to vote".
President Obama is laughing off Donald Trump's sudden turn-around on his birth. "We know what it means for a generation of children, of all races, to see folks like us in the White House", Obama said. "But we're not stupid".
Trump, who for years advanced the notion that Obama was not born in the United States, sought to put the issue behind him this week by acknowledging the president's citizenship - but instead re-ignited a firestorm by falsely claiming that Clinton sparked the controversy in 2008. The founding of the Black Lives Matter movement, numerous examples of police brutality against black people, and a lack of employment opportunities have been cited indications that Obama has not done enough.
Clinton also spoke at the event, where she received the Trailblazer award for being the first female presidential candidate for a major USA political party. Trump has long supported the birther theory, raising questions about Obama's birthplace and demanding that the president present his birth certificate as proof of his origin. The second-term president began his speech by remarking: "There's an extra spring in my step tonight".
"I am so relieved the whole birther thing is over", Obama said, referring to Trump's conclusion just Friday the president is a citizen. "If you want to give Michelle and me a good send off - and that was a lovely video - but don't just watch us walk off into the sunset now, get people registered to vote".