Obama Roars at Black Caucus: 'Personal Insult' If You Don't Vote

For Clinton; says Trump 'missed that whole civics lesson about slavery
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 18, 2016 9:36 AM CDT
Obama Roars at Black Caucus: 'Personal Insult' If You Don't Vote
President Obama speaks at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's 46th Annual Legislative Conference Phoenix Awards Dinner, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016 in Washington.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus, some of whom may have been having a hard time getting excited about voting for Hillary Clinton, got an angry warning Saturday night about a Trump presidency from the man preparing to pack up and leave the Oval Office in January. "You may have heard Hillary's opponent in this election say that there's never been a worse time to be a black person," President Obama said in his final address to the group as president, per CNN. "I mean, he missed that whole civics lesson about slavery or Jim Crow," adding, "we will educate him." As for the black community's supposed indifference about this election, "read up on your history. It matters. 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. You want to give me a good sendoff? Go vote." More from the speech, which Politico calls "rip-roaring":

  • On what's on the ballot: “My name may not be on the ballot, but our progress is on the ballot. Tolerance is on the ballot. Democracy is on the ballot. Justice is on the ballot. Good schools are on the ballot. Ending mass incarceration, that’s on the ballot right now.” Sources tell Politico Obama strayed significantly from a more staid version of the speech.
  • On Donald Trump: He's "somebody who has fought against civil rights and fought against equality and who has shown no regard for working people most of his life."
  • On the end of the birther controversy: "I mean: (ISIS), North Korea, poverty, climate change—none of those things weighed on my mind like the validity of my birth certificate. And to think: that with just a 124 days to go, under the wire, we got that resolved."
(Read more President Obama stories.)

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