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Obama: Low Black Voter Turnout Would Be 'Insult to My Legacy'

"None of it has come without a fight. And so much of our work remains unfinished" the president said

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    President Barack Obama speaks to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's 46th Annual Legislative Conference Phoenix Awards Dinner, Sept. 17 2016, in Washington, D.C.

    President Barack Obama made a plea to his Democratic base Saturday, telling a predominately black audience of Capitol Hill lawmakers and guests that African-Americans must vote en masse in November's presidential election to help his legacy, NBC News reported.

    "There's no such thing as a vote that doesn't matter. It all matters," Obama told the crowd at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Phoenix Awards dinner.

    "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 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."