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. victim of republican greed

    I really wish the wingnuts would read the Constitution instead of having Fox Lies interpret it for them.

    October 15, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  2. Simmy

    Those from the dark side of America can't seem to reckon with loss.....Denial is livid.....

    October 15, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  3. What???

    I get so disappointed in these right wing blowhards always blogging about what the President hasn't done.

    Everyone remembers these attacks (for the not so right) started in May (4 months in office for Pres. Obama). Everyone knows this was the worst economy in most of our life times / excluding the depression. Yet all people do is bash our POTUS. Even Reagan was given a year to bring us back from the last major recession.

    Lighten up you GOP whiners! Take the time to pull your undies out of the crevace, stop the hate, fear and simply smile more. Its getting better already !

    October 15, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  4. victim of republican greed

    About jobs, Obama prevented the republicans from destroying the auto industry and saved a million auto related jobs.

    October 15, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  5. Brian from NJ

    Just getting started? Gov't takeover of GM and Chrysler, $800B in pork spending, $7.5B to Pakistan, $13B to seniors, $3B in cash for clunkers, mortgage relief, and only God knows what the healthcare "reform" is going to cost at the end of the day... if this is his idea of just getting started hide your wallets!

    October 15, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  6. mjm

    A fourth-grade boy asked Obama his final question: "Why do people hate you? They're supposed to love you. And God is love."

    This is why politicians need to stay away from children. Who told this kid people hate the president? Who said they're supposed to "love" him?

    Nobody hates the president, we hate the policies pushed by one side or the other. It's called Democracy.

    Somebody needs to tell this kid that only his 4th grade teacher and Obama thinks he's god.

    The difference between Obama and God s that God does not think he's Obama.

    October 15, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  7. victim of republican greed

    Galvestonians were treated better after Ike than the people of New Orleans were after Katrina.

    October 15, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  8. Military Dad

    WOW Here's a few accomplisments so far:

    Largest deficit EVER in the country
    Wants more abortions worldwide (released US funds for global abortions)
    Highest unemployment in 25 years
    Had a beer at the WH with a policeman and a professor
    Closed Gitmo :)
    After 10 months in office trying to decided what to do in Afg. (big desisions take a long time)
    Won the Nobel Peace Prize – Nobody knows what for, but he won anyway.
    Hates Israel
    Loves Iran (You just wait – He's gonna talk'em out of nukes)

    Need I go on.

    October 15, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  9. Willy Brown

    The only thing Obummer cares about is socialism he's trying to start in America

    October 15, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  10. Rich in Az

    Public Option, Mr. President. Yes We Can.

    October 15, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  11. Moe, NY

    I believe in you President Obama, you have done a great job so far, please continue working for the American people. I admire how you place the American people first, over Corporate America, Banks, and Insurance companies.

    October 15, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  12. Zeb

    I wish he'd hurry up and get past "just getting started"! Um, that 3 a.m. phone is STILL ringing, Mr. President. Are you ever going to answer it?

    October 15, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  13. Susan

    I don't know...there have been 20,000 new jobs here in Michigan, and we have many more coming...new battery plants, new solar panel plants...new cars...Michigan is going to be in great shape in another year. I think those who continue to recite the Rush/Beck/Hannity depressed mantra had better take another look. This President IS getting things done, and within the laws of this country. Stop whining and be part of the solution instead of being the problem. And did you see the stock market? Come on, things are getting better, but don't choke while you're having to admit that.

    October 15, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  14. Mike in MN

    Does that mean he is going to stop campaigning and start working on being president? He hasn't done anything yet but whine about the mess he inherited and about those who oppose him. If he did not want to take on the challange and if he can't stand opposition to his policies, he should not have bothered to run. Just about everything is worse. Jobs are worse, the deficits are worse, Afghanistan is worse, Iran is worse, Korea is worse. Over half the voters don't want Obamacare or cap and trade. Obama needs to get a clue before he gets started.

    October 15, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  15. JR

    Now that's my president. I am so proud to have him in office. I support him 150%. Just give him the time he needs...you'll see.

    October 15, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  16. Deanna, NY

    Yes, and we Dems are just getting started. We are completely behind this president 110 %. Did you get that Rethugs. We really couldn't care less about your agenda. We have one of our own.

    October 15, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  17. DJ

    Critics? As if the Republicans would do anything different? Obama has been on the job for 9 months and he is suppose to fix everything by himself while Congress continues to be run by the big lobbyists.

    October 15, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  18. Anytown USA

    If the President is such a loser...Then how would you classify the one we had for the last eight years...and what's worse...you voted him in for a second term....Everything we are facing now is because of him...Everything!!!

    But you know what I don't blame you...I blame your ignorant and intolerant parents and grandparents...Just think they were even more clueless than you...Incredible!!!

    October 15, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  19. Dan, TX

    Yes we can! I have been sitting on the sidelines, but the republicans are starting to convince me I have to take a more active role in helping our president move the country forward.

    October 15, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  20. Fred Poirier

    Let the right wing nuts yap. The Prez is working for all and getting things done. Go Obama Go!

    October 15, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  21. Cynthia - Arkansas

    I couldn't be prouder of President Obama. He cares so much for the little guy in this country. What a refreshing difference! God Bless him and his beautiful family.

    October 15, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  22. Albo58

    Despite the rhetoric and the Nobel Pease Prize that anyone with integrity would have respectfully turned down, this President has not accomplished anything that could actually be loosely interpreted as a positive. He can blame Bush or anyone else, but his spending has been more than every president combined since this country's founding and he's "just getting started"!

    October 15, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  23. shawn- ga

    Sure did take him a LOOOOONG time to go there.....

    October 15, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  24. Mark

    Yet another worthless speech

    October 15, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain

    Jobs are being created under President Obama's stimulus plan. What would be interesting to see, is the statistics on where those jobs are being created: Blue state governors vs Red state governors.

    A lot of Republican govs refused the money or have held onto it, all in an effort to try to make the President and his programs look bad.

    Putting party before country is what Republicans do best!

    October 15, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
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