CLEVELAND - Cleveland had a presidential visit Friday as Barack Obama continued his push to gain voter support for Hillary Clinton. His appearance was for a "Get Out The Early Vote' rally at Burke Lakefront Airport.
The event began just before 11:15 a.m.
He greeted the crowd with "Hello Cleveland!" He said the last rally at Burke Lakefront Airport was in 2012. He said that, since he's been in Cleveland this time, "...there's an extra pep in your step..." and then asked if "...LeBron had something to do with it?"
He then gave a shout out to some of those in attendance, like Congresswomen Marcia Fudge and Marcy Kaptur and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.
The President said that, in the last years, we have made progress. He led them in the chant "Hillary."
He said that since eight years ago, because of "...your resilience...poverty is falling...income is rising...20 million people have health insurance that didn't have it before...we delivered justice to Osama bin Laden...our economy is better than it was than when we came into office..."
He said the choice for President is between someone who is ready to lead and "...someone who has proven himself unfit to lead this country...."
He said Donald Trump doesn't have the qualities to be President..."made fun of someone who was disabled...how he said Mexicans were rapists..."
"You need to go to iwillvote.com/locate and find out where and how to vote. "It's an opportunity for you to exercise your right to vote," the President said.
"There's only one candidate that has devoted her life to a stronger America and that is Hillary Clinton...the next President of the United States..." the President said.
In talking about Hillary Clinton, the President said "....no matter how tough the odds...she doesn't point fingers or whine, she just works harder and gets the job done and never quits..."
"That's what you want in a President...someone who will do the work for you..."
The President used his time equally to praise Hillary Clinton and criticize Donald Trump.
He said Trump is not qualified to be President.
Obama questioned why Republicans didn't start seeing who and what Trump was before now, how he degraded women, how he had no regard for family values.
"One of the things I've learned over the last eight years is that change is hard...and we can't demonize each other..."
"...decency, honesty and civility.....I promise you, your vote counts..."
"Donald Trump's closing argument is 'What have you got to lose?' and I say everything...if you want to send a message, make it loud, turn back the voices of ignorance...send a message of progress, send a message for hope...vote for Hillary Clinton..."
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