Washington: In a final push on the last day of campaigning for Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama said that the progress made by America in the last eight years of his administration "would go down the drain" if the Democratic presidential nominee does not win in the polls.
"All that progress goes down the drain if we don't win tomorrow," Obama said at an election rally in Michigan on Monday, which has voted for a Democrats over the past few decades, but appears to have leaned towards the Republicans this time.
Michigan is home to three American motor giants including Ford and General Motors, which were badly hit by the 2008 economic recession.
These companies are back in business, which is mainly attributed to the policies adopted by Obama Administration in the last eight years.
The Clinton Campaign had to rush Obama to Michigan as a last minute enforcement.
"We took what could have been a Great Depression and turned it into recovery. Our businesses turned job losses into 15.5 million new jobs. We saw an auto industry that was flat on its back roar its way back to break new records brought the unemployment rate in Michigan below the national average, and across the nation, cut the unemployment rate in half," he said.
"Last year, incomes went up faster than any times in 30 years, poverty went down faster than any time in 30 years. Twenty million Americans have health insurance that didn't have it before. We doubled our production of clean energy, became the world leader in fighting climate change," Obama said.
Listing out his regime's achievements, he said that he took out Osama Bin Laden and brought home America's men and women in uniform.
"High school graduation rates, all-time high. College graduation, all-time high. Marriage equality a reality from coast to coast. That happened because people in 2008 decided to choose hope over fear," he added.
Over the course of these eight years, all across 50 states, I've always seen what made America great, Obama said adding there's only one candidate in the race who's devoted her life to that better America.
"That is the next President of the United States, Hillary Clinton. This race will be close here in Michigan, just like it will be in a lot of parts of the country. I know it's been a long campaign. The end of every campaign brings all kinds of craziness and negative ads and noise and distractions. I want you just to focus," he said.
Hitting out at Repuplican nominee Donald Trump, Obama said he is "temperamentally unfit" to be the Commander-in-Chief.
"Look, think about this, over the weekend, his campaign took away his Twitter account. Now, if your closest advisors don't trust you to tweet then how can we trust him with the nuclear codes?" he asked.
He (Trump) is unqualified to be America's chief executive. He brags that he's a business guy, but we have got a lot of businessmen and women who succeed without stiffing small businesses and workers, Obama claimed.
"Once they've already done work for you, and then suddenly you don't pay them? And you basically say, you know what, because I got more lawyers than you I don't have to pay you," he said.
The President said said an individual's personality does not change with the change in position.
"One thing you learn about this job is who you are, what you are doesn't change once you move into the Oval Office. It only gets magnified, a spotlight is put on you. It's like an EKG for your character," he jokingly said.
"If you denigrate minorities before you take office, then you'll denigrate minorities after you take office. If you think of immigrants as criminals and rapists when you're running for office, then that's how you're going to think once you're in office," Obama said.
If you mock people with disabilities, or treat women as objects, calling them "pigs" and "dogs" and rating them on a 1-to-10 scale instead of based on their character and intelligence, then that's how you're going to think when you're in office, he said.
First Published On : Nov 8, 2016 09:00 IST