President Obama is confident that defeat this November will harm the country, but won’t shake the future of his family.
“I don’t want to lose this election,” Obama wrote while telling supporters to “stick with me” in a fundraising plea. “Not because of what losing would mean for me — Michelle and I will be fine no matter what happens. But because of what it would mean for our country and middle-class families.”
The president requested $5 donations from supporters who have not yet contributed to his campaign — ” please don’t wait any longer,” he says in the email — because he’s “not willing to watch the progress you and I worked so hard to achieve be undone.”
The fundraising message echoed predictions that Obama has made in person. “I always tell Malia and Sasha, look, you guys, I don’t worry about you,” he said last year. “[T]hey’re on a path that is going to be successful, even if the country as a whole is not successful. But that’s not our vision of America. I don’t want an America where my kids are living behind walls and gates, and can’t feel a part of a country that is giving everybody a shot.”