President Barack Obama is worried that the black vote “is not as solid as it needs to be” for Hillary Clinton. During a recent appearance on the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show, Obama stressed the importance of voting for someone who will continue his legacy.
“I know that a lot of people in the barbershops and the beauty salons and, you know, in the neighborhoods, are saying to themselves, ‘Well, you know, we love Barack. We especially love Michelle. And so it was exciting, and now we’re not excited as much,’” the president said, Politico reports.
“You know what? I need everybody to understand that everything we’ve done is dependent on me being able to pass the baton to somebody who believes in the same things that I believe in. So if you really care about my presidency and what we’ve accomplished, then you are going to go and vote,” Obama said.
The president added that while early voting is up among Latino voters, it’s down among black voters. Obama warned that if Republican Donald Trump is elected, he would destroy the progress that the president has made, including pulling up first lady Michelle’s vegetable garden.
“You think I’m joking?” Obama asked.
During a Clinton campaign stop in North Carolina, Obama told an excited crowd that a federal court had struck down an election-law change because it “targeted black voters with surgical precision.”
So “it’s easier to vote than ever” in North Carolina, Obama said. “What’s our excuse?”