President Obama Outlines Hopes for Young Americans on Election Day & Forever (Video)
With just one week until Election Day, President Obama is moving into his final few months in the Oval Office. While millions of Americans are saddened at the prospect of a White House without Barack and Michelle, there is mounting pressure on getting out the message to voters, particularly the young ones who will be taking to the polls for the first time. As such, he used his appearance on Samantha Bee’s Full Frontal T.V. show to drive some points home about the importance of voting, but also what he hopes his legacy will look like.
“I want to let first-time voters know why it is so important to vote,” he says. “This is probably the most important election of our lifetimes. The choices could not be clearer, and if we want to build on progress on issues like climate change, gender equality, and making sure that everybody has healthcare, and making sure that young people have a good education and can afford college, they’ve got to make sure their voices are heard.” He brings up his own child, whose recent early voting signaled her first time taking part in the democratic process on such a grand scale. “Young people are more engaged than we give them credit for. Sometime they get cynical, and not hard to understand why, after watching this campaign. Malia, my oldest, just voted for her first time, and the pride she took is a pride that I think a lot of young people feel,” he says.
When asked to appeal directly to millennials and other young people, President Obama minces no words. “If you’re worried about whether you’re going to afford college, then Hillary Clinton’s got a very specific plan. Donald Trump doesn’t. If you care about climate change, that’s not a small thing. So young people have a bigger stake in this election than anybody. I would hope that you’d be willing to take about the same amount of time that you spend just looking through cat videos on your phone to make sure that democracy’s working.”
Obama, when asked about what he foresees as being the common criticism of Hillary Clinton’s womanhood in office, responds with things like “she’s tired, she’s moody, she’s being emotional.” He says “when men are ambitious, it’s just taken for granted. ‘Well of course they should be ambitious. When women are ambitious, [it’s] ‘why?’ That theme, he says, “will continue throughout her presidency and it’s contributed to this notion that somehow, she is hiding something.”
When asked what he hopes his legacy will be, the president says “I feel confident that we can build on the progress we’ve made around climate change, clean energy, healthcare, making the economy work better for everybody. All that feels good to me. But, the thing that I care most about is making sure that there’s a generation of young people who are following me and Michelle. If we can look back 20 years from now and say to ourselves ‘wow, there are a whole bunch of people who were inspired by what we did and our doing it even better,’ then we’ll feel pretty good.”
The interview concludes with Bee asking Obama to share with viewers a spooky story about what happens if people don’t vote, in honor of Halloween. What ensues is very brief, but very frightening.