This Saturday the gala dinner of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation took place in Washington, D.C. One of the speakers that evening was current president, Barack Obama.
The president took the opportunity of the event to talk about this year’s presidential election. He tried to impress upon the audience the importance of the political moment. He also once more expressed support for Hillary Clinton.
After eight years of a Democrat presidency, two terms of Barack Obama that is, it can be said that this year’s election is about more than the two individual candidates. It is also about the liberal agenda and about Obama’s legacy.
It’s About Me
The president, whose second term will be up soon and can’t stand for re-election, wanted to draw the attention of the audience to the achievements of the Obama administration. Obama used the support that he benefits from in the Black Caucus to back up Hillary Clinton.
Leaders in the Democratic party have concerns about enthusiasm for Clinton among black voters, especially young ones. So, Barack Obama came out with a more personal angle to the campaign message. He tried to make his audience see that the result of this year’s election is also about him.
The president total African Americans that he would see it as a “personal insult” if they were not going to vote for Hillary Clinton. With that, Barack Obama has literally put his name on the line for Clinton Kaine 2016.
“My name may not be on the ballot, but our progress is on the ballot”, said Obama. He continued to emphatically say that tolerance and democracy and justice were on the ballot. Values that are important to Democrat voters.
The Democrat party is trying to get back some of the old magic that worked in 2008 and 2012. The Clinton campaign is trying to get together a coalition of voters: African American, Latino and other minority voters to support their candidate.
Getting Support Together for Hillary Clinton
Barack Obama has publicly spoken in favor of Hillary Clinton before during campaign stops. He also gave her a boost during his speech at the Democratic National Convention. But the remarks that he gave this Saturday had a more personal tone to them. It was as if Obama was speaking to his loyal supporters, asking them directly to vote for Clinton.
Donna Brazile is the interim chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee. She took over after Debbie Wasserman Schultz stepped down, in the middle of the leaked DNC emails controversy. Brazile was present Saturday evening and said that the speech “went beyond the room” and the moment. She said that she felt like the president was asking everyone to not simply “leave it on the field”.
During the primaries, Clinton enjoyed a lot of support from African American voters, especially older women. Right now, according to a recent New York Times and CBS News poll, she has a considerable advantage over her Republican opponent. Among likely African American voters, 83 percent would vote for Clinton over Donald J. Trump.
Among other speakers, Hillary Clinton also spoke at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation gala.
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