“I just want to remind you this is not going to be a race like Usain Bolt where we’re like 40 yards ahead and we can just start jogging 10 feet before the finish line,” Obama said of the Jamaican gold medalist known as the fastest man in the world. “We’re going to have to run through the tape.”…

“Every election, presidents or candidates will say, ‘this is the most important election of my lifetime,'” he said. “This is the most important election of my lifetime,” he deadpanned to applause from the crowd.

It is “more important than 2008 in a lot of ways” because back then “there was a sense that although we were entering into” an economic crisis and “there did still seem to be some overlap between the parties in terms of the things we needed to get done to ensure opportunity for the next generation.”