Obama Says He's 'Proof That Your Vote Matters'; Says US 'Better Off' Because of Him

By Susan Jones | November 7, 2016 | 7:29am EST
President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign event for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Kissimmee, Florida, Nov. 6, 2016. (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - "You know, over the last eight years, a lot of things have happened," President Obama told a crowd in Kissimmee, Florida on Sunday. "But I can tell you unequivocally, without a doubt, with data to back it up, that this country's a lot better off now than it was when I came into office.

"I can prove it. The numbers don't lie," Obama said. "And so, I want you to understand that that would not have happened had it not been for the votes you made back in '08. It wouldn't have happened had in not been for the votes back in 2012."

"You have proof that your vote matters. And I may not be on the ballot this time. But everything we've done's been on the ballot.

"Justice is on the ballot.

"Fairness is on the ballot.

"Looking after working people's on the ballot.

"Higher wages (are) on the ballot.

"Treating people fairly is on the ballot.

"Protecting the environment is on the ballot.

"Civil rights is on the ballot.

"Our democracy's on the ballot."

Obama made a pitch for people to cast votes, even mentioning a fictional "Cousin Pookey" who's "gotta get off the couch" to vote.

"And when you vote, America is transformed," said the president who has pushed for the transformation of health care, immigration, social norms, and the expansion of executive power for the past eight years.

In the same speech, Obama told the crowd, "You have the chance to elect to elect the first female president -- an example for our daughters and our sons. You have the chance to shape history. Don't let that chance slip away.

"Don't fall for those who tell you your vote doesn't matter. Don't fall for this idea that all politicians are the same. They're not. None of them are perfect, but they're not all the same. Some of them are a lot worse. Some of them are better. Some of them will look out for you. Some of them well -- I can't say what they'll do to ya.

"So if you've been marching for criminal justice, you've gotta have a president and a Congress who actually wants to disrupt the pipeline from under-funded schools to over-crowded jails.

"If you've been marching for the environment, you gotta have a president and a Congress that believe in science and will protect this planet.

"If you want more good jobs and a higher minimum wage, you can't just sit there and complain, you've got to vote.

"If you care about immigration reform, or helping Puerto Rico get back on its feet, you gotta vote."

Obama, Hillary Clinton and Bill Cinton and Chelsea Clinton are all campaigning for Hillary in Michigan on Monday.

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