July 28th, 2008
09:33 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama: Odds of winning are very good

Obama departing for a fundraiser where he told donors his odds are very good.
Obama departing for a fundraiser where he told donors his odds are very good.

ARLINGTON, Virginia (CNN) – Barack Obama told donors at a Monday night fundraiser just across the Potomac River from Washington that “the odds of us winning are very good."

Obama was reflecting on how far the campaign had come since its early days when, “Let’s face it, there weren’t too many of y’all who thought we were going to pull this off,” he said to laughter.

“What I knew and I think those who joined us early knew was that this was a moment for change, this was a moment for big ideas and really trying to push the envelope,” said Obama. “And people have responded all across the country. We are now in a position where the odds of us winning are very good. But it’s still going to be difficult.”

The Illinois senator spoke to a dinner of about 40 people, each of whom was expected to raise $114,000. After thanking his hosts, he opened by talking about last week’s trip to the Middle East and Europe and “the enormous hunger for American leadership.”

He segued from the importance of strong international relations to domestic issues, commenting briefly on his early afternoon roundtable with top economic advisers including Warren Buffett (by speakerphone), former Fed chairman Paul Volcker and Google CEO Eric Schmidt.

“Almost uniformly people said the crisis we’re in right now, the difficulties we’re in right now are as significant and as severe as they’ve seen in a very long time and we’re not going to be able to work our way out of it overnight.”

“Rather than succumb to pessimism we’ve got to think about how we take the problems that we’re having right now and turn them into opportunities,” he added.

Closing his brief remarks, Obama addressed the reason he hasn’t seen a surge in the polls following extensive coverage of his overseas trip, arguing that voters are still sizing him up and that his candidacy is "new for them, new for us as a country."

“This is going to be a close election for a long time because I’m new on the national scene and people sort of like what they see but they’re still not sure,” he concluded.


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  1. Jim

    My personal experience confirms Obama is correct when he says "I’m new on the national scene and people sort of like what they see but they’re still not sure."

    Until early this year, I knew relatively little about Obama, other than that he gave a great speech at the 2004 Convention and opposed the foolish invasion of Iraq.

    Since then I've followed Obama's campaign closely. I've listened to his speeches, watched his debates, learned about his biography, heard his intelligent answers to difficult questions, and observed how he managed people and crises.

    I do not make hasty or uninformed decisions. I've grown to appreciate and support Obama and believe he has the potential to become one of our greatest presidents and likely Time magazine's "Person of the Year!"

    July 29, 2008 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  2. Mike

    Real Americans are going to stand up to this socialist/communist coup.

    Clinton supporters will vote for McCain.

    Huckabee supporters will vote for McCain.

    Romney supporters will vote for McCain.

    Ron Paul supporters will vote for McCain. (I know, I used to be one.)

    Obama = fraud

    McCain = President

    Vote for America!

    Vote for John McCain 2008!

    July 29, 2008 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  3. Logger for Obama

    odds are superb

    July 29, 2008 02:24 am at 2:24 am |
  4. INDEPENDANT VET

    SORRY CNN . WHO IS READ ING THIS IS A OBAMA SUPORTER.

    YOU KNOW WE WERE CORRECT, WHEN I SAID, IF YOU VOTE FOR THIS MUSLIM, AN WANT HIS CHANGE. WELL THAT IS ALL YOU WILL HAVE IS CHANGE. FOR A QUARTER WILL LOOK AS GOOD AS A DOLLAR DOES TODAY.
    SO GO VOTE FOR THIS CHANGE , MAYBE YOU CAN GO ON WPA FOR A JOB.THAT WOULD BE A NICE BIG CHANGE, AT LEAST YOU WOULD BE OFF THE WELFARE ROLLS.

    YES A CHANGE WOULD BE GREAT RIGHT NOW. MOST ARE TIRED OF HEARING THIS FLIP FLOPPER , CRYING A BOUT A SORE LIP . CURE GO SIT IN THE CORNER , WITH A DUNCE CAP . A MEN.

    July 29, 2008 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  5. AK in LA

    and what's he gonna say....I think we are going to lose? duh CNN

    July 29, 2008 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  6. Anangell

    I am drawn to the presidential election coverage on CNN. There are so many things that I have been hearing about Obama and McCain that is hard to decide on whom to vote for in this upcoming election. As a person of faith in the Gospel, there are some moral concerns that I disagree with Obama. Then again, I'm not too impressed with McCain's overall tactics and possible deception to win voters (although he did attend the NAACP in Cincinnati which did raise one of my eyebrows). The point that I'm trying to make is CNN (in my opinion) has been doing a better job informing viewers about the two presidential candidates. Fox news lost me when I felt that they were attacking Obama about every little thing. I understand that the media has a role to report the 'news', but I had noticed the extended airtime that Fox news reported on Obama's character being reported for questioning. I started to think that maybe Fox new is not being 'fair' and balanced. I started to QUESTION if Fox news was subliminally being racist by covering up bias intentions of Obama's flaws (that are not even proven because of his Christian faith). There is a well-known pastor that I like to listen to that favors Fox news. This particular pastor admires the coverage that has been reported on Obama. Whether or not Fox news motives were unintentional, their method on reporting has not impressed me lately. I might watch one particular anchorperson from Fox news, but any other coverage I watch on CNN. CNN has more diversity as far as people reporting. It is not just a black person or a white person reporting on the weekdays, there are many other ethnic people that I see on CNN… And that is the reason why I have switched over to watching CNN more. In addition, CNN news has reported the news accurately to my knowledge. I'll continue to watch CNN as long as the coverage is accurate and it is not showing complete partiality.

    July 29, 2008 03:07 am at 3:07 am |
  7. awol

    I totally disagree with obama, am pretty clear that he is the answer.

    July 29, 2008 04:18 am at 4:18 am |
  8. Where's Liberty

    Obama will have us driving in rainbow powered cars while sprite manufactured products emit pixie dust and serve as a tax base to pay out chocolate covered welfare checks...

    Republicrats – Get a clue. Same agenda. Different approach.

    Read the Constitution you morons and then vote for liberty...

    July 29, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
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