PoliticsPresident Obama Reminded Us (Again) Why We'll Miss Him with One More Barn Burner
He lights into Trump and asks for the American people to "give him a good send off."
We live in cynical times. It feels as though every morning when you throw open the curtains there's a non-zero chance that you'll be greeted by a fiery hellscape that arose overnight. And though I'll be voting for Hillary Clinton, I understand that many are not for a host of reasons both valid (hawkish foreign policy, for instance) and bullshit (she has a vagina). But it's important to remember that whatever you think of Secretary Clinton, across from her is a racist demagogue whose hateful rhetoric inspires violence and who happens to be wildly uninformed on any number of issues. It is this vital and important point that led President Obama to give one of the most inspiring speeches of his career at the Congressional Black Caucus awards dinner this weekend. Here's one section of the speech that hits hard:
"So if I hear anybody saying there vote does not matter, that it
doesn't matter who we elect — read up on your history! It matters!
We've gotta get people to vote. In fact if you want to give Michelle
and me a good send-off — and that was a beautiful video — but don't
just watch us walk into the sunset now, get people registered to vote.
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!
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! There's one candidate who will advance
those things, and there's another candidate whose defining principal,
the central theme of his candidacy is opposition to all that we've
done. There's no such thing as a vote that doesn't matter. It all
You can watch the whole speech below and you should. Just as he's done so many times before, in a moment of cynicism, Barack Obama came and spoke and tried to make people believe again. I'm going to miss him.