With 8 Years of Workin Play, Obama Tells Black Voters He’d Be...

With 8 Years of Workin Play, Obama Tells Black Voters He’d Be Insulted by Low Turnout

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“There’s no such thing as a vote that doesn’t matter. It all matters. And after we have achieved historic turnout in 2008 and 2012, especially in the African-American community, 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 sendoff? Go vote. And I’m going to be working as hard as I can these next seven weeks to make sure folks do.”

That’s what President Obama told attendees of the annual Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Gala on the night of September 17th.  You better believe he’ll “be working as hard” as he can to make sure people turnout. What’s at stake for the President is his entire legacy.  But the problem is obvious: Hillary Clinton is not Barack Obama. The big question is: Will voters stand in line for three hours for Hillary Clinton? Will there be lines around the corner in black voting precincts for Hillary Clinton?

Turnout percentage will be a huge factor for Clinton And with the criticism building that her campaign is not as engaged as it should be on the ground in certain states, many Democrats are beginning to worry about whether or not she is taking the base for granted.

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Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer, comms strategist and political analyst. She created Crewof42 in 2009. The blog focuses on African American members of Congress and Black political power regardless of party. Ms. Burke also writes for NBC BLK, The Root, NNPA and is the Managing Editor of Politic365. As part of a diverse career in politics and media, she has also served as a congressional staffer for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and Director of Communications for Justin Fairfax of Lt. Governor of Virginia. She appears each Monday on weekly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin on TVOne. Ms. Burke holds a B.A. in History from The American University. Email: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @LVBurke.

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