On Tuesday night at Hofstra University, President Barack Obama did not just show up for a debate, he came armed to make sure the presidency stayed safe in his hands.

Armed with the facts, that is, and with several clear shots, Obama drove home the fact that as president, he has done what he can to continue to move America in the right direction.

Obama inherited the worst recession in recent American history. Not since the Great Depression had our economy been in such dire straits. When the president took office, 800,000 jobs were being lost per month. But over the last 31 months, more than 5.2 million private-sector jobs have been added, consumer confidence has gone up and the unemployment rate and the rates of foreclosure have gone down.

Yet many still ask if the president has kept the promises he made to America. The answer is yes. And in the president’s own words, “We’ve gone through a tough four years, there’s no doubt about it. Four years ago, I told the American people, and I told you, I will cut taxes for middle-class families, and I did. I told you I would cut taxes for small businesses, and I have. I said I would end the war in Iraq, and I did. I said we would refocus attention on those who actually attacked us on 9/11, and we have gone after al Qaeda like never before, and Osama bin Laden is dead.

“I said we would put in place healthcare reform to make sure insurance companies can’t jerk you around, and that if you don’t have health insurance, you would have a chance to get affordable insurance. I have. I committed to rein in the excesses of Wall Street, and we passed the toughest Wall Street reforms since the 1930s. We’ve created 5 million jobs, gone from 800,000 jobs a month being lost, and we are making progress. We saved an auto industry that was on the brink of collapse.”

Obama has been a president for all Americans and does not believe that there are those more worthy of serving than others. Mitt Romney wrote off almost half of America, showing disdain for the working class and those who pay little in taxes. He has shown a complete disregard for our students trying to get ahead through education.

In Romney’s world, students should “shop around” or “borrow money” from their parents, while at the same time their Pell grants would be reduced. Romney believes in the American dream, but only for those who can afford it.

Looking at Tuesday’s debate, we were able to see the real Romney. The one who wants to take away a woman’s right to choose. The one who wants to strip women of the ability to access quality health care. This is a man who believes women just stack up as resumes in a binder. It almost seems as if to him women are just an accessory–not really anything to be reckoned with. We need a president who wants to fight for all of us. Who believes that the American dream is not just for the 1 Percent.

Obama summed it up perfectly in his closing from the debate, when he said:

“I believe Governor Romney is a good man. Loves his family, cares about his faith. But I also believe that when he said behind closed doors that 47 percent of the country considered themselves victims, who refused personal responsibility, think about who he was talking about.

Folks on Social Security who have worked all their lives, veterans who have sacrificed for this country, students who are out there trying to hopefully advance their own dreams but also this country’s dreams, soldiers who are overseas fighting for us right now. People who are working hard every day, paying payroll tax, gas taxes, but don’t make enough income, and I want to fight for them. That’s what I’ve been doing for the last four years, because if they succeed, I believe the country succeeds.

“And when my grandfather fought in World War II and he came back and he got a GI bill and that allowed him to go to college, that wasn’t a handout. That was something that advanced the entire country. And I want to make sure that the next generation has those same opportunities. That’s why I’m asking for your vote, and that’s why I’m asking for another four years.”

And that is why we need to make sure the president has another four years to make America greater.

A vote for Barack Obama is a vote for our future and our legacy. We can’t afford to risk either.