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President Obama: We should be proud of what we've achieved

It's because of people like you who have stepped up—in ways big and small—that progress over the past few years has been possible. And as we roll into the final months of President Obama's last term in office, it's going to be up to folks like you to help make sure we aren't held back by those trying to stop progress.

Read President Obama's message to OFA supporters:

The progress we've made over the past seven years has been incredible. I want you to know how proud I am of the work we've done together.

We've come a long way since 2009, when we were losing 800,000 jobs a month and unemployment was on its way to 10 percent. Now, unemployment is 5 percent. In 2015, the auto industry had its best year ever. Over the past six years, America has created 14.4 million new jobs, including nearly 900,000 new manufacturing jobs after a decade of industry decline.

For the first time ever, more than 90 percent of Americans have health insurance. And in every single month since I signed the Affordable Care Act into law, American businesses have created jobs right here in the U.S.—for a record 73 straight months of private-sector job growth.

Since I took office, we've cut our reliance on foreign oil by more than half, and we've tripled the power we generate from wind. America now generates 30 times more solar power than we did in 2009, and we are leading the world in the fight against climate change. That is progress.

We should be proud of what we've achieved together as a nation. This kind of progress is only possible because of people like you—people who believe that America is greater when we stand together than when we are divided. It's because of organizers and volunteers like those at OFA, who don't stop moving forward, who keep working to make their communities better, that we're able to accomplish so much as a nation.

That work matters. And we need people like you to get involved.

OFA is one of the groups fighting for a better path forward for all Americans—and you can add your name to say you'll join the fight.

The best community organizers—the ones engaging their communities and doing the hard work of active citizenship—remind us that what we have in common is far more important than what divides any of us. Because when people participate, when people get involved, that's when America works best. That's when change really happens.

Right now, cynics and obstructionists in Congress want to roll back the progress we've made by playing on fears and letting special interests write their own rules. We need to keep standing together, making our voices heard, so that we can continue investing in the future and build on what we've already accomplished.

Whether it's working on family and paid leave, early education, raising the minimum wage, or any of the other important fights we're facing, we're going to keep fighting. I've got nine months left in this office, and I'm going to squeeze out every last ounce of change I can with the time I have left. And I need you to get involved.

I hope you'll stand with OFA supporters in continuing the fight for change—add your name today.

Thanks—I believe in you.

Barack Obama
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