Friend —

Earlier this week, I released my budget for my last year as President — and if you take a look beyond the numbers and math of it all, what you’ll see is a set of priorities that are uniquely American, that reflect our values and our core beliefs in equality, in progress, and in hope.

My friend Joe Biden has said many times, “Don’t tell me what your priorities are. Show me your budget and I’ll tell you what your priorities are.” I hope that this budget — one that strives to promote economic fairness, to fight against the effects of climate change, and to find treatments for devastating diseases that affect far too many American families — does just that.

But I want to be very clear that these aren’t all battles we’re going to win while I’m still in office. These are long, hard fights, and they’re going to take the dedication and hard work of our next president, and the one after that, and the one after that.

So I need to know you’re committed to electing another Democrat to the White House — and giving him or her a Democratic Congress to work with:

I believe, more than anything else, that when we stand together and fight for the change we believe in, we can do some amazing things. So let’s do this — let’s make this country the brightest it can be for our kids, our grandkids, and generations to come. Thank you so much for standing by my side.

Barack Obama