Tomorrow it's back to campaigning. I visit cities and towns across our great country, and I hear the same thing everywhere I go -- honestly, we were hoping to see Michelle. And I have to admit it can be a grind. Sometimes it feels like this race has dragged on forever. But Paul Ryan assured me that we've only been running for two hours and 50-something minutes.
Of course, the economy is on everybody’s minds. The unemployment rate is at its lowest level since I took office. I don’t have a joke here. I just thought it would be useful to remind everybody that the unemployment rate is at the lowest it’s been since I took office.
And we’re getting to that time when folks are making up their minds. Just the other day, Honey Boo Boo endorsed me. So that’s a big relief.
全民决选的时刻很快就要到了，而前几天Honey Boo Boo给我做了背书，松了一口气啊。
Ultimately, though, tonight is not about the disagreements Governor Romney and I may have. It’s what we have in common -- beginning with our unusual names. Actually, Mitt is his middle name. I wish I could use my middle name.
And even though we’re enjoying ourselves tonight, we’re both thinking ahead to our final debate on Monday. I’m hoping that Governor Romney and I will have a chance to answer the question that is on the minds of millions of Americans watching at home: Is this happening again? Why aren’t they putting on The Voice?
Monday’s debate is a little bit different because the topic is foreign policy. Spoiler alert: We got bin Laden. Of course, world affairs are a challenge for every candidate. After -- some of you guys remember, after my foreign trip in 2008, I was attacked as a celebrity because I was so popular with our allies overseas. And I have to say, I’m impressed with how well Governor Romney has avoided that problem.
Now, just so everyone knows, in our third debate we won’t spend a whole lot of time interrupting each other. We will also interrupt the moderator, just to mix things up.
And finally, let me say that I’ve been doing some thinking, and I’ve decided that for our final debate I’m going to go back to the strategy I used to prepare for the first debate. I’m just kidding -- I’m trying to make Axelrod sweat a little bit. Get him a little nervous.
In all seriousness, I couldn’t be more honored to be here this evening. I’m honored to be with leaders of both the private and public sectors, and particularly the extraordinary work that is done by the Catholic Church.
It’s written in Scripture that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. This country has fought through some very tough years together, and while we still have a lot of work ahead, we’ve come as far as we have mainly because of the perseverance and character of ordinary Americans. And it says something about who we are as a people that in the middle of a contentious election season, opposing candidates can share the same stage; people from both parties can come together -- come together to support a worthy cause.