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."
He must mean "campaigning" because he has done nothing to create JOBS !
You noisy lil' right-wing-nuts are such fools. It'd be funny if there weren't so many of you.
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!
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.
Obama is just getting started......that's what america and the constitution fears.
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.
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.
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.
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?
You tell them Mr. President! When he says quitter who comes to mind?
God bless America for rejecting the [R] comedy routine.
He would have made a great snake oil salesman.
Create Jobs and stop preaching. You've promised the world and haven't delivered anything
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!
Obama's not our first black president, he's our first translucent president. He has skin so thin you can almost see through it.
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)
It's going to take quite a bit to undo the damage that BushCo did to America.
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.
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.
how can we expect obama to solve all of the problems and keep his promises when republicans fight him every step of the way?
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.