DURHAM, NH- In the final hours before election day, President Barack Obama took to the stage at the University of New Hampshire’s Whittemore Center in Durham to urge voters to get “fired up” and vote for Hillary Clinton as the next President of the United States.
“I know it’s been a long campaign…full of negative ads…[but] I want you to focus…the choice could not be clearer” he said to the audience amidst applause. “Hillary Clinton will be a leader for all of us, even those who don’t vote for her, because she knows we are stronger together,” he said.
President Obama, and the speakers who preceded him, such as New Hampshire film-maker Ken Burns, retired astronaut Mark Kelly with wife Gaby Giffords, Senator Geanne Shaheen, New Hampshire Senate candidate Maggie Hassan, and Governor candidate Van Ostern, reiterated the importance of having Democrats in power in the Congress so that issues such as climate change, reproduction rights, college debt etc. could be tackled successfully.
“If you want Hillary to succeed she’ll need allies,” he said, “allies like Maggie Hassan.”
William Press, an audience member from South Hamilton, MA, who had previously been canvassing for the Clinton campaign from Portsmouth, said that he supported Hillary because “she’s the worst campaigner but she will be the best President,” he said, “better than Barack Obama.”
“She has made and watched every mistake and learnt from it” he said.
Both the Clinton and Trump campaigns held events in New Hampshire on the last day before the elections. When asked about the reason behind the emphasis laid on the state which holds only four electoral votes, Congressman Joe Kennedy, who was in the audience, said that New Hampshire is a crucial state, “if we win here, she’s got a pretty good chance of winning.” He said that volunteers for the campaign had “knocked on 400 thousand doors this weekend. The momentum is amazing.”
President Obama also emphasized the crucial role New Hampshire may play in this election when he told the audience that “Donald Trump is uniquely unqualified to hold this job, and New Hampshire is uniquely qualified to make sure he doesn’t get it. So don’t boo. Donald Trump can’t hear your boos, he can hear your votes.”
For his last word, he urged voters, particularly young voters, to believe that every vote counts. “The world is watching,” he said, “don’t give away your power. Send a message, that we’re not mean spirited, we won’t go backwards.”
“The most important office in a Democracy isn’t President, Governor or Mayor, it’s citizen. The fate of our Democracy falls in your hands” he said.
See photo gallery of the event here.