April 10th, 2008
09:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama: I'd take a vow of silence if I could

Obama said Thursday he’d lay off the speeches for a while if he could.
Obama said Thursday he’d lay off the speeches for a while if he could.

LAFAYETTE, Indiana (CNN) – Democrat Barack Obama told an Indiana audience Thursday afternoon that he doesn't like hearing the sound of his own voice as much as some people might think.

After first mentioning that there was a time when presidential rival Hillary Clinton was "really hammering away" at him by saying he was more of a talker than a doer, the Illinois senator said, "She's not doing it as much now. I guess because it wasn't working."

But, said Obama, it's "not just because I like hearing myself talk."

"I promise you, after 15 months (on the trail so far) I would be happy to take a vow of silence and not say a word. I'd be happy just to sit in an office somewhere and solve all kinds of problems without ever having to give a speech."


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  1. Ray from Gainesville VA

    An Obama supporter here. I do not agree with all of his policies but I agree with his direction. He wants to get the people involved with government again. He wants to open up Washington unlike Bush who doesn't want us knowing anything. Obama doesn't want yes men and women on his staff like Bush has. He says it's ok to disagree and doesn't think it's unamerican like Bush does. It's refreshing and exciting to hear something different. We need to hold him to it when he's elected but I believe he will stay true to his word. I am so disappointed with the Bush administration and members of Congress. I don't trust anything that comes out of their mouths and that's truly sad. I don't hate Clinton personally. I just hate her win at all costs attitude and her lies, sorry, mispeaks, attest to who she really is or could be as President. Didn't we have enough of that the last 8 years? No one is perfect...not even Obama. But I have to give him my vote because he brings something new and fresh to the table. I think this is just what America and the world needs right now.

    April 10, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  2. Terry

    Don't stop talking Senator Obama...you are head and shoulders above Clinton and McCain. Listening to Hillary Clinton is like listening to fingernails on a blackboard and if you need a good nap McCain's speech will do the trick.

    April 10, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  3. Texas4Obama

    Senator Obama in January 2009 you can go and sit in the Oval Office and solve America's problems – I am looking forward to hearing your State of the Union speeches that you'll be giving for the next eight years!

    Obama – our next POTUS :)

    April 10, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  4. dale in indiana

    i wish he would ..every time he says anything,it's all hot air..he needs to step aside to keep the party together

    April 10, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  5. Alan Edmonds

    "Just looking at him in that picture, he looks like a person unbecoming of a president."

    Now there's a refreshing way to pick a president – looks! I

    "Do America a favor. Go back to Illinois."

    Do America a favor: Vote Democratic. If you hadn't noticed, Hillary has no chance of winning. Seriously. But if you don't believe that, no problem – you'll be choosing between Obama & McCain in November.

    April 10, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  6. John

    Billybob why don't you take a vow of silence ? how could you say that hillary was tired when she was talking about her 'DANGEROUS' trip to Bosnia as if she did it once flashback she told these lies three times three differnt days
    what is it with you and your wife you can't go day with out telling a lie or two or three four ....five ...................

    OBAMA O8

    April 10, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  7. Gil

    Obama, go back to your Hate Group, oh I mean your church. Please leave us Americans who love this country out of your Hate Trip.

    April 10, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  8. Mae

    I much prefer listening to Obama speak. He has great insight and vision. When I listen to Hillary I keep hearing, "you know", or she gets testy about something, or she laughs at the questions.
    Who laughs at questions? Thats rude. And the question goes unanswered.
    And now you never know if shes telling the truth or if she means what she says.
    I mean she was all for the war in Iraq and now that she wants to be the winnner she says she is not.
    This doesn't match.
    Also her relationship with Penn just seems hypocritical.
    Oh and there was the nasty sniping at Richardson because he did not pick her. I like Richardson and they intended to hurt him. They are nasty.
    And her daughter and her snotty attitude over the Lewinsky questions. She gave the impression of being a complete rich snob. Yuk.

    April 10, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  9. John , Signal Mountain, Tennessee

    yeah, like whatever, right.

    April 10, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  10. jana

    I am a 56 year-old woman who will vote Republican if Hillary is not the Democratic candidate – one of the 33% Clinton supporters. I do not understand his appeal. Why is an inexperienced, junior Senator from Illinois, someone who has, yet, to explain Rezko, and why he lied in the MLK day debate about him, someone who didn't help the people in his own Chicago district when they were in Rezko's slum apartments, someone who has yet to really explain how he could consider Rev. Wright his spiritual mentor for the past 20 years – why does the Democratic party think this person might be the best democrat they can put forth as a candidate? I guess I never "got" the Obama charisma. He's like a teenager to me – lots of idealistic talk, but yet to really be tested.

    April 10, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  11. Imagine no libs

    I want to watch all of the female Hillary supporters switch to McCain and vote against a womans right to choose.

    Wouldn't that be ironic.

    Silly democrats, no wonder you can't win an election....

    April 10, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  12. Jean

    All Obama does when he opens his mouth is lie. You Obama lovers is a joke. He's all talk and no action. The bills that he supposely got past is BS. WAKE UP AMERICA AND GET THIS SOB OUT OF THE RACE BEFORE IT'S TO LATE. GO HILLARY WE KNOW YOU CAN DO IT. JEAN

    April 10, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  13. Van

    I'd sure be happy when all this is over and Obama becomes the next president.

    I prefer Obama, but if Hillary wins the nomination I'd vote for her. I don't understand the 33% of Hillary supporters that wouldn't vote for Obama otherwise.

    That makes me wonder... why exactly are they even voting for their candidate? The fact that these two are fairly similar is good enough for me, I'd like to see either of them win, but I prefer Obama. Maybe the 33% of Hillary supporters don't care that we'll stay in Iraq, I'm certain that 33% doesn't have any family or friends overseas.

    I hope that either combination they're both on the same ticket come November, together McCain wouldn't stand a chance. I pray that that happens. I wouldn't want any other VP for Obama than Clinton, and I wouldn't want any other VP for Clinton than Obama.

    April 10, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  14. rachel

    Please do, anyways I think everything you stand for can be summed up in about 4 seconds. The time you showed your typical white granny in your ad. Obama man your gonna need hillary's supporters to win the white house so you better start reaching out to them, and Michelle asking people to get her more white people is not the way

    April 10, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  15. V in CA

    Well, I guess you'd better drop your bid for the Presidency, then. Presidents give a LOT of speeches.

    Why is it every time you say anything, one can detect the self-pitying tone?

    April 10, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  16. Kristian

    A vow of silence may be what the country needs. A President who's actions are louder than his/her words would do us some good. Too many just talk the talk.

    April 10, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  17. Isaac

    I don't buy it. Obama loves to hear himself talk. I, however, who once watched his DNC speech over and over again, can't wait til he stops now. He has dragged this whole process down and turned it into a gameshow. Tell me again why we want to elect this guy? Change? Inspiration? Sorry but to me he is full of himself and full of half-lies, mistruths, and is completely opportunistic. I do give him credit though for figuring out a way to full such a large chunk of the population as well as the media.

    April 10, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  18. DG of Minneapolis, MN

    he used to be inspiring to some, before they figured out he's not really about hope and change, but about more of the same–talk, talk, talk...

    somehow the picture of him sitting behind a desk doesn't really sound too much like change, or all that hopeful...

    April 10, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  19. Justin

    Yes, please shut up you empty suit. Go home, and let Hillary begin working on McCain. She is the only one with a chance to beat him. Nobody likes a spoiler...

    April 10, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  20. Susan MO

    Sure.........Obama is SO STAR STRUCK! And then he acts likes he's not. That's one things that has changed our minds about him. Now all our family is for Clinton.

    CLINTON FOR PRESIDENT!!!!

    April 10, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  21. Connie Garza

    I just love Obama, I am a canadian woman and as much as I would like to see a woman be President, but please not Hilary. I am sorry my vote does not count, mine and a lot more from Quebec

    April 10, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  22. john

    Pay attention democrats, while you are squabbling like small children McCain has pulled even in the polls. McCain as president is what would be disastrous.

    April 10, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  23. ed j

    With each post I read that says childish, senseless things about Hillary Clinton, I picture a pimply faced teen sitting at a parent's computer. Can we please stick to the issues? Comments about a candidates voice or what their spouse said or did have little importance to voters with any sense of what this country needs. So grow up already.

    April 10, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  24. Gabriela

    I wish he did. Now THAT I would vote for

    April 10, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  25. Chris Crew

    Its crazy to see people say they think the leader in delegates, votes, and states should step down to the #2 in all of these categories.

    With the vote as close as it is in Penn., Obama will certainly end the delegate race far ahead of Clinton as he will win in landslide victories in many of the remaining states.

    Its Over!

    Obama Won!

    April 10, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
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