Listeners who tuned in to Miami’s Hot 105 radio for the usual afternoon banter and R&B tunes got something a little different Tuesday: a voting pitch directly from President Barack Obama.
“Y’all stayin’ out of trouble?” he said by way of greeting when he called in and went on air with hosts Rick Party and Benji Brown.
When Party and Brown quipped that they didn’t know how to address him — “PBO? Or Barry B? Or BO?” — Obama replied: “You know, just call me POTUS, man.”
A hard-hitting interview it was not.
Instead, Obama got a chance to do some campaigning for Hillary Clinton to African-Americans in Democrat-rich Miami-Dade County. A few hours earlier, he had rallied Clinton supporters in Philadelphia.
“Hillary Clinton is somebody who I have worked with, who I know, who I have confidence in, who has a track record of working on behalf of civil-rights issues and voting-rights issues and criminal-justice issues and health care and children’s-poverty issues,” he told Hot 105. “And the other guy, you know, I don’t know what he’s done to help somebody other than himself.”
Obama drew record support from black voters, and Clinton can hardly afford to do poorly with the same demographic, which votes heavily Democratic. So the president made his goal explicit.
“My concern is just making sure that folks, particularly African-American folks, don’t suddenly say, ‘Well, you know, we’re not as excited about Barack and Michelle, you know, are leaving. And so, we’re going to not register, and we’re not going to vote,’” said Obama, who also gave a Detroit radio interview Tuesday. “If we have that attitude, then we will turn back a lot of the progress that’s been made.”
Only once did he name Donald Trump: “Let me tell you, if Donald Trump wins, then everything we’ve worked for, you know, is going to be reversed — and we just don’t have time for that.”
Asked about his post-presidency plans, Obama noted he still has four months left in office.
After that? “I’m gonna sleep. I’m goin’ to eat. I’m goin’ to take Michelle someplace nice,” he said. “And then, at that point, I’ll start working on the things I want to work on after I’m done. Things like My Brother’s Keeper, the program that we put together to help young men of color, young boys of color, to have opportunities and apprenticeships and internships and mentorship programs.”
“I might get around to golfing once or twice.”