Obama: I’ll Be Personally Insulted if Blacks Vote for Trump

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In a fiery speech last night, President Barack Obama said he would consider it “a personal insult” if the African American community does not turn out to vote in great numbers in November and help carry on his legacy by supporting Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

“If you care about our legacy, realize everything we stand for is at stake,” Obama, the nation’s first African-American president, said in an address to an annual dinner of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. “My name may not be on the ballot, but our progress is on the ballot.”

During his remarks to a packed ballroom at the Washington Convention Center – where Clinton preceded him at the lectern – Obama also mocked Republican nominee Donald Trump for advancing questions about the validity of his birth certificate and for claiming that this is the worst time to be a black American.

“He missed that whole civics lesson about slavery and Jim Crow,” a beaming Obama said, though he also acknowledged that African-Americans still face significant challenges.

“We do have challenges, but we’re not stupid,” Obama said. “We know the progress we’ve made.”

Obama began his remarks by saying, sarcastically, that he had “an extra spring in my step” given that Trump had finally acknowledged that he is an American citizen.

Trump, who for years advanced the notion that Obama was not born in the United States, sought to put the issue behind him this week by acknowledging the president’s citizenship – but instead reignited a firestorm by falsely claiming that Clinton sparked the controversy in 2008.

“And to think with just 124 days to go, under the wire, we got that thing resolved,” Obama said to laughter from the predominantly African American audience. “In other breaking news, the world is round, not flat.”

Obama’s remarks came at a time when polls have shown the race between Clinton and Trump tightening and amid concerns among Democrats that African-American turnout will not match what it was under Obama’s historic 2008 and 2012 elections.

Despite being battered all summer by his own missteps as well as a barrage of attack ads from Clinton, Trump has been surging in the battleground states in recent weeks.

“If I hear anybody saying their vote does not matter,” Obama told the crowd, “read up on your history. It matters. We’ve got to get people to vote.”

During her remarks, Clinton – who left the event before Obama spoke – paid tribute to the Democrat she is seeking to succeed, calling him “one of the best presidents this country has ever had.”

Clinton also made a couple of passing references to the birther controversy and was an award recipient at the dinner, picking up the organization’s “trailblazer” award in recognition of her status as the first female presidential nominee of a major party in the United States.

“It’s not about golf promotions or birth certificates,” she said of this year’s race. “It comes down to who will fight for the forgotten, who will invest in our children, and who will really have your back in the White House.”

Last night marked Obama’s final appearance at the annual dinner. He joked that the “next time I show up I’ve got to buy a ticket.”

(c) 2016, The Washington Post · John Wagner 



  1. The democratic party promotes genocide which hits blacks in particular. “According to LifeSiteNews, NYC Department of Health reported that in 2012, more black babies were aborted (31,328) than born (24,758). That’s 55.9 percent of black babies killed before birth. Blacks represented 42.4 percent of all abortions”

  2. crybaby. Can’t take criticism. Nobody can forget how he criticized bush for 7 years for each and every minor as well as major issue he had.

  3. Has the president really cared about blacks? The rate of black single parent families has increased dramatically so that half of all black children born are to females who are not married. This is a major contribution to poverty and crime. The Obama administration has not addressed this problem. Instead of focusing on black and female rights, the democrats should have addressed the decline of the black family and its causes.

  4. President Obama Is an Insult to himself. Is this first ever black president really leaning and depending on a lying, crooked, white woman to preserve his legacy. Chiefly, he is asking black voters to follow his moral compass as a man and vote for lying corrupt woman and since most blacks believe in God and the Bible he is asking them to accept his belief that toeivah marriage is ok .President Obama’s moral compass and GPS has blacks going in the wrong direction and needs recalculating . In this my terse opinion he has made a wrong turn. What’s yours (?)

  5. What a stinking selfish bully. Who does this worthless piece of garbage think he is? When he lectures to fellow blacks like that, in a condescending arrogant way, he is the one who is continuing their misery. Why doesn’t this taker, go to the streets of Chicago and give this rhetoric. Tell them, as he dodges bullets, how their lives are so much better because of his strong leadership. Tell them how the black community has prospered under his, the first black President, administration. If the black Caucus had any self esteem whatsoever, they would of thrown the bum out of the room. Pheh.

  6. We are personally surprised that you became the President of the United States and then got re-elected for a second term. There are so many stupid people in America. It is mindboggling!

  7. Imagine the backlash if Ted Cruz or Ryan said they’d be personally insulted by every white man who didn’t vote for Trump. The press should recall all of Obamas comments against Hillary when he ran against her.

  8. Wussy to imagine a black to be the mood of the GOP.

    Gipper joyful. Trump antagonistic.

    Hip minds love Hillary. Her good is real.

    Gipper still loved.

  9. Sadly Mitch, # 15 is right!
    People don’t think when voting – they knee-jerk. And for Clinton they will vote!
    There really is not much of a choice: disaster or worse!


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