The president said black leaders also needed to encourage their communities to get out the vote in November’s elections.
He recalled meeting people on the road, who would say that he looked tired and that they were praying for him.
“I say thank you,” he explained. “I believe in the power of prayer. but we need more than prayer. We need to vote. That will be helpful. it will not relieve me of my gray hair but it’ll help me pass some bills.”
Obama rallied black lawmakers with his rousing speech, though at times his relationship with the caucus has been strained. Three years ago at their annual dinner, he told members to “stop crying” and to stick with him.
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