October 15th, 2009
04:57 PM ET
5 years ago

On New Orleans visit, Obama tells critics, 'I'm just getting started'

 President Obama speaks at a town hall meeting at the University of New Orleans on Thursday.
President Obama speaks at a town hall meeting at the University of New Orleans on Thursday.

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CNN) - Before a cheering crowd at a town hall meeting in New Orleans, President Obama fired back at critics who accuse him of accomplishing little in his nine months in office, saying "I'm just getting started."

"I never thought any of this was going to be easy," said Obama, speaking at the University of New Orleans in his first visit to the Gulf Coast city since taking office. He poked fun at his critics, asking, "Why haven't you solved world hunger yet? It's been nine months. Why?"

"What'd I say during the campaign? I said change is hard," Obama said. "Big change is harder. ... I wasn't kidding about it being hard."

"Those folks who are trying to stand in the way of progress ... let me tell you, I'm just getting started," he said. "I don't quit. I'm not tired. I'm just getting started."

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Filed under: Hurricane Katrina • New Orleans • President Obama
soundoff (84 Responses)
  1. Tammy

    He must mean "campaigning" because he has done nothing to create JOBS !

    October 15, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  2. Joe In Vegas

    You noisy lil' right-wing-nuts are such fools. It'd be funny if there weren't so many of you.

    October 15, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  3. Bluebonnet

    Oh great – the bloviator-in-chief in action in Nawlins! More empty-suited promises. Gee, you sure don't hear Galvestonians crybabying about Hurricane Ike that was just ONE YEAR AGO. Katrina was over FOUR YEARS AGO! Get your hands on a hammer and nail and out of the welfare line!

    October 15, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  4. jlb

    I'm not sure what he is suppose to do in 9 months, when we've had a horrid 8 years. Things are looking up no matter what the GOP says. You've come along way President Obama. Keep up the good work.

    October 15, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  5. Wake Up

    Obama is just getting started......that's what america and the constitution fears.

    October 15, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  6. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    President Obama had to cleanup behind the boos that followed when he acknowledged Gov. Bobby Jindal's presence. The people of Louisiana have every right to boo Jindal, he hasn't done nothing for them since he came here from India but support his on political ambitions.

    October 15, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  7. terry,va

    Lighten up on Obummie. He was the tenth caller to the Nobel Committee and won the Peace Award. He has made more speeches than the number of days he has been in office. As to solving world hunger, he can't even make up his mind on fighting "a necessary war" or hiding under the bed. Keep your change. That is all we will have (pocket change) after you are done.

    October 15, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  8. Donna from Colorado Springs

    Way to stand up for yourself, Mr. President! What have his critics done in the last eight years or the last eight months? Nothing but constantly trash and disrespect the president and everything he has said or done.

    October 15, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  9. marion/alabama

    Obama,just wastes another trip to NOLA,So he could campaign more.He forgot to bring the Mayor of NO to tast for his lack of action before Katrina.Has Obama done anything but campaign? Maybe that is what he won the Nobel Prize for,The one who Campaigns most?

    October 15, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  10. Shirley In California

    You tell them Mr. President! When he says quitter who comes to mind?

    God bless America for rejecting the [R] comedy routine.

    October 15, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  11. Carlos

    He would have made a great snake oil salesman.

    October 15, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  12. Steve, NJ

    Create Jobs and stop preaching. You've promised the world and haven't delivered anything

    October 15, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  13. Objective Thinking

    So after nine months he made his first visit to New Orleans and he says he's just getting started... he should have started on New Orleans nine months ago!

    October 15, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  14. Tim

    Obama's not our first black president, he's our first translucent president. He has skin so thin you can almost see through it.

    October 15, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  15. Matt In Utah

    Obama has done more good in 9 months than Bush did in 8 years. He has created jobs don't be a moron. You can't hand this thing like it was and expect everything to happen right this second. I don't care if your right or left lets not let truth get in the way of your own ideals! (/end sarchasm)

    October 15, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  16. Mickey, NY

    It's going to take quite a bit to undo the damage that BushCo did to America.

    October 15, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  17. Allen

    I'm just getting started! Well we are waiting.....maybe when you get done, running around the country rising money for the rich upper class, who line your pockets. Maybe you can do the job, that you were hired for.

    October 15, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  18. Val, ky

    He's right- change doesn't come easy- especially when the country has been run by oil companies and banks for the longest time. No one is more powerful than them and they are hoping Obama fails.

    Do you think that insurance companies will allow for reform to happen if it means they don't profit?

    You have my confidence in you, Mr. President. Keep going.

    October 15, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    how can we expect obama to solve all of the problems and keep his promises when republicans fight him every step of the way?

    October 15, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  20. RNC = DNC = politics as usual

    At some point he is just going to have to assume SOME responsibility for something. He started out with more support and power than most anyone on the PLANET. Is he planning on actually DOING something?

    October 15, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  21. phoenix86

    Give Obama a break.

    It takes a lot to win the Nobel Peace Prize for doing nothing.

    It takes a lot of talent to run up a trillion dollar deficit in less than 8 months and have nothing to show for it.

    It takes a lot to keep losing to Russia, Iran, N. Korea, China and Venezuela and keep a straight face.

    Obama's just getting started. He has only begun to wreck the US economy. Give him time, he'll finish it off by the time the next election rolls around.

    October 15, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  22. bam

    Hilarious – Republicans have been obstructing President Obama in every way they possibly can, and now they criticize him for not getting more accomplished. They criticized him for trying to get the Olympics to come to the U.S. and they criticized him for winning the Nobel Peace Prize. The neocons are scumbags. GoBama!

    October 15, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  23. Ray

    He's accomplished more in 9 months on a worldwide scale than Bush could have dreamed of doing in the 8 years he wasted in the Oval Office.

    Of course, he's just getting started. Given how bad things were, the only way we could go is UP! The President is getting us there, but it's a steep climb after all the damage Bush and company did to our once great country.

    October 15, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  24. klow

    You have to love the GOP. They are too stupid to realize that their negativity is sinking them. Keep telling yourself that President Obama has done nothing if it helps you sleep at night. But, regardless of what you say or do, desperately needed change is coming. So, you can either get on board or get out of the way. YES WE CAN! God – I love this country.

    October 15, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  25. Wake Up

    Oh ya, he did "create or save a million jobs".
    Wait, I just bought coffee, PROVE I did not create OR SAVE 100 jobs.

    You libs are so gulliable to this guys empty rhetoric. Just keep lapping up his garbage on the way to cash your welfare checks.

    October 15, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
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