Thursday, November 3, 2016

VIDEO: President Obama at Florida International University in Miami



Sun-Sentinel.com:
Millenials. Blacks. Hispanics. Hillary Clinton's campaign called President Barack Obama, her most popular, top-level surrogate, to Florida on Thursday to court those Democratic-leaning voter blocs, which are critical to her hopes of winning the state.

"I know a lot of you are cynical about politics. There's a lot about this election that gives you reason to be. But I'm here to tell you, right now, you have a chance to move history in a better direction. You have a chance to reject divisive politics and mean-spirited politics," Obama said. "If we win Florida, we will win this election."

Appearing in his role as motivator-in-chief, hoping for a successor who doesn't try to undo policies of his eight years as president, Obama alternately entertained, lectured and cajoled a young and diverse crowd of 4,500 at the Florida International University basketball arena.

His theme was voting — without delay. The president led chants about voting early. He gave out the specific street address for the nearest in-person early voting site and provided a website for anyone else who needed an early voting location. He urged people not to put off returning mail ballots.

"If you're voting by mail, don't let that thing just sit on your coffee table or your kitchen counter, and then you forget about it, it gets mixed up with some other stuff. Send in your ballot right now so it makes it by Election Day," he said.

Obama was unleashed during the 45 minute speech. He noted more than once that he was running long — before launching into another political point or side story.

The first half of the speech was devoted almost entirely to a scorching takedown of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. The president ridiculed his would-be Republican successor, then cautioned that the election wasn't a joke but a serious decision-point about the future of the country. He used what's become a regular line when audiences respond negatively to the mention of Trump: "Don't boo. Vote."
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About halfway through the speech, he pivoted to praise for Clinton's work and policies. "She made me a better president. She understands policy. She understands how the world works. She understands that this stuff that we do, the challenges we face, aren't abstract, they mean something to real people," he said. "She doesn't whine or complain or blame others or suggest everything is rigged when things aren't going her way, she just works harder."

About halfway through the speech, he pivoted to praise for Clinton's work and policies. "She made me a better president. She understands policy. She understands how the world works. She understands that this stuff that we do, the challenges we face, aren't abstract, they mean something to real people," he said. "She doesn't whine or complain or blame others or suggest everything is rigged when things aren't going her way, she just works harder."

He also urged people to replace Sen. Marco Rubio, R-West Miami, with challenger U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter. Obama reminded the crowd of Rubio's criticisms of Trump when they both sought the Republican presidential nomination, including a Rubio tweet that friends shouldn't let friends vote for con artists. "So, guess who just voted for Donald Trump a few days ago? Marco Rubio. Obviously, he did not have good enough friends."
Watch the full speech above and feel good!

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