As he made his closing argument to the people of Florida at his last campaign stop in the Sunshine State last night, President Obama reminded us how much this election is about:
"Listen, the folks at the very top in this country, they don’t need another champion in Washington. They’ll always have a seat at the table, and they’ll always have access. They’ll always have influence. The people who need a champion are the Americans whose letters I read late at night after I'm done in the office; the men and women I meet on the campaign trail—like you—every day.
"The laid-off worker who has to go back and retrain at a community college at the age of 55 to try to get a new career in a new field—she needs a champion. The restaurant owner who cooks great food but needs a loan to expand after the bank turned him down—he needs a champion. The cooks and the waiters and the cleaning staff, working overtime at a Ft. Lauderdale hotel, trying to save enough to buy a first home or send their kids to college—they need a champion.
"The autoworker who’s back on the job filled with the pride and dignity of building a great car—he needs a champion. The teacher who’s in an overcrowded classroom—maybe digging into her pocket to buy school supplies, not getting the support she needs, but showing up every day, knowing that maybe she’s going to make that difference in that one child today—she needs a champion.
"The young immigrant who was brought here, pledged allegiance to our flag, understands themselves to be Americans—they need a champion.
"All those kids in inner cities and small farm towns, in the valleys of Ohio, the rolling Virginia hills, the streets of Hollywood—kids dreaming of becoming scientists or doctors, engineers or entrepreneurs, diplomats, businesspeople, even presidents—they need a champion in Washington. Because they don't have lobbyists. They don't make campaign contributions, but those kids—their dreams, that will be our saving grace. We've got to fight for them.
"And that’s why I need you, Florida. To make sure their voices are heard. To make sure your voices are heard. We’ve come too far to turn back now. We’ve come too far to let our hearts grow faint. It’s time to keep pushing forward—to educate all our kids, to train all our workers, to create new jobs, to discover new sources of energy, to broaden opportunity, to grow our middle class, to restore our democracy—to make sure that no matter who you are, or where you come from, no matter how you started out, no matter what your last name is, no matter whether you're black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American, young, old, rich, poor, disabled, not disabled, gay, straight—it doesn’t matter, if you work hard you can make it here in America too. That's what we're fighting for."
Barack Obama has been the champion of the middle class for four years as our president. Now, it's time to be his.