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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soundoff (83 Responses)
  1. ex republican

    Obama: Nice job keeping a positive outlook. Dont forget to mention the OIL SPILL. That will throw a wrench in mcCANE's only successful issue, drilling for oil.

    July 28, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  2. ADAM

    YES WE WILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    GO OBAMA BO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 28, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  3. Dream on

    IN YOUR DREAM, YOU ARE A SUPERSTAR....

    July 28, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  4. TonyinKentucky

    When it comes to the economy McCain calls Dr Phil and the Queen of Outsourcing and Obama speed dials Warren Buffett, Eric Schmidt, and a former Fed Chair.

    Obama has a very good chance of winning because he surrounds himself with the best and brightest, while having enough intellect to keep up.

    July 28, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  5. LaTreetha E. Sharpley

    If we the American public look at where are great nation has fallen to and who would with our help bring it back to its greatest, Senator Obama, would win by a landslide. We know this will not happen because of the bias and probelms we carry in our daily lifes. If we could only look to what we have in common and move forward this nation would soar again.

    July 28, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  6. Obama/Hillary 08

    United States of America.

    July 28, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  7. Levi Davis

    Its not John McCain, Not Chuck Norris, Not The Terminotor, Its all
    Obama Baby

    July 28, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  8. dennis from chicago

    o bama tries to disneyland us all with his charisma of false hopes and ill fated leadership.....probably can not wait to see that 20 million dollar ad he has planned during the olympics ......chinese vote is important too especially with the internet contributions.......they count as half votes ...don't they????

    July 28, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  9. Turnabout is Fair Play

    You hit the nail RIGHT on the head Obama; you just keep doing the excellent work you've been doing such as going overseas and getting the European community and the countries of the World to wave our flag in HAPPINESS instead of burning it in HATRED as it has been under Republican destruction of our foreign affairs. As you do the good work you are doing, people will see by your deeds that you are truly the President Elect in January 2009 and McCain will fade out of this election like the dashboard of an old car in a dusty junkyard in the Florida Summer sun. We know you stand for those of us who want to see change and healing after the horrible pain we have gone through the last 7.5 years and NOTHING McInsane says can change our thoughts about what they have done to our economy, troops, and livelihood. You ROCK.

    July 28, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  10. libs be dopes

    He will win, the fix is in.

    His investors will expect a big payoff.

    July 28, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  11. Informed Voter

    i agree Obama has a good chance of winning ... but he Got lots of work to be done .... though ....

    Here comes the HATERS!!!! 1,2,3

    kinda of topic

    What is Mc Cain Economic Plan BTW .. all He & his Supporters do is criticized Obama's Plan

    July 28, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  12. Turnabout is Fair Play

    Okay, here come the ignorant Repugican trolls posing as Hillary supporters to start up about how arrogant and presumptious this n!gger is, how dare he say what he said, "What an empty suit." what an uppity fool Umblah blah is..etc." The idiots who do that over and over like Lisa and Nightingale among others can't help them small-minded selves.

    July 28, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  13. Val from MA

    Sure they are. Just wait and see.

    July 28, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  14. Denise Groves

    There you go, O! Talk to 'em!!! Tell 'em!!

    Grumpy does not have the temperment to be POTUS. Nor the change. Unless it is band aids and diapers!

    ROTFL!

    July 28, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  15. J.C.

    “the enormous hunger for American leadership.” is well said!
    People in Europe want us to lead again.

    July 28, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
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    July 28, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  17. Brian

    I agree but always beware of those cheap and ridiculous Republican tactics

    OBAMA/??? 2008

    July 28, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  18. That's Reality

    Did Obama really expect a surge in the polls? In what country? Oh, Here? Good grief! send him back to Germany and they can have the rock star bedazzle them. We need someone with experience and "good for THIS country" policy. Vote McCain!; tried and proven patriot.

    July 28, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  19. TerryDo--PumaPac

    WOW, IT LOOKS LIKE NO ONE CARES!!!

    July 28, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  20. McArsenic

    odds are good if America is smart

    July 28, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  21. MD in GA

    We all know why really. Old habits die hard.

    July 28, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  22. Sebastien

    He has every right to be confident.

    This is exactly the type of man we want for President.

    Youthful and confident.

    Not a bitter old cynic.

    July 28, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  23. David Newport, OR

    He is smarter. He is stronger. He is more charismatic. He has an actual platform. He is providing solutions. He has the respect of other nations. It shouldn't even be close, but it will. That says everything you need to know about the education of Americans.

    July 28, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  24. mikeE DANVILLE VA

    I like your chance . Take nothing for chance keep-up the good work. Those who are looking for something negative are watching.

    July 28, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  25. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    HAVE TO AGREE WITH MY FUTURE PRESIDENT.

    July 28, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
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