Speaking to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation on Saturday night, President Obama said it would be a “personal insult” and tarnish he and Michelle Obama’s legacy if black Americans didn’t turn out to vote and ensure that Donald Trump does not become president. “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,” he implored. “If you care about our legacy, realize everything we stand for is at stake. All the progress we’ve made is at stake in this election. My name may not be on the ballot, but our progress is on the ballot.”
Responding to Trump’s recent remarks that black people have never had it worse in America, Obama said that Trump must have “missed that whole civics lesson about slavery or Jim Crow. But, he added, “We’ve got a museum for him to visit, so he can tune in. We will educate him,” referencing the newly-opened Smithsonian institution the National Museum of African-American History and Culture.
President Obama has been regularly stumping for Clinton, with the New York Times describing it as one of his “top priorities” for his last few months in office. He publicly sat out the Democratic primary, but was officially coordinating with the Clinton campaign by June.