Barack Obama: "I will consider it a personal insult to my legacy" if voters don't support Clinton

The President was speaking at a Congressional Black Caucus event on Saturday

Barack Obama, Congressional Black Caucus,

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Barack Obama has given an impassioned speech imploring voters to turn out in numbers in November's election, claiming that "democracy is on the ballot."

Speaking at the Congressional Black Caucus gala for the last time as President of the United States, Obama called on those listening and watching to get out to vote, adding that there was a huge amount on the line in November, in particular for the African-American community. 

"If you care about our legacy, realise everything we stand for is at stake, all the progress we've made is at stake in this election," said Obama. "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.

"And there is one candidate who will advance those things, and there is another candidate whose defining principle, the central theme of his candidacy, is opposition to all that we've done. 

Adding that every vote matters, he stated: "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 send off? Go vote."

Obama took further aim at Trump in his speech after the Republican nominee's recent efforts to court African-American voters by asking what they have to lose. 

"You may have heard Hillary's opponent in this election saying that there's never been a worse time to be a black person," said Obama."He must have missed that whole civics lesson about slavery and Jim Crow, but we've got a museum for him to visit. We will educate him.

"He says we got nothing left to lose, so we might as well choose somebody who has fought against civil rights, and fought against equality, and has shown no regard for working people for most of his life.

"Well, we do have challenges, but we're not stupid. We know the progress we've made despite the forces of opposition, despite the forces of discrimination, despite the politics of backlash. And we intend to keep fighting against those forces."