President Barack Obama, in one of his final presidential addresses to a predominately black audience of Capitol Hill lawmakers and guests, made a plea to his Democratic base: African-Americans must vote en masse in November's presidential contest to help his legacy or he will be personally insulted.
"There's no such thing as a vote that doesn't matter. It all matters," Obama told the crowd at the Phoenix Awards dinner, hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.
"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," the president said.
While Obama touted advances in the economy, healthcare and criminal justice reform under his administration — declaring the country is "stronger and more prosperous than it was eight years ago" — he noted that "none of it's been quick, none of it's been easy. None of it has come without a fight. And so much of our work remains unfinished."
Though he didn't mention GOP nominee Donald Trump by name, Obama asserted that one candidate will advance his policies, while "there's another candidate whose defining principle, the central theme of his candidacy is opposition to all that we've done."