October 16th, 2009
09:26 AM ET
5 years ago

Obama: We will outlast opponents

Obama told a crowd in San Francisco he is not tired from the health care fight.
Obama told a crowd in San Francisco he is not tired from the health care fight.

(CNN) - President Barack Obama says he's determined to fight for his agenda and to outlast his critics.

"Some of our opponents think they are going to wear us down," the president said at a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee Thursday night in San Francisco. "I'm not tired, I'm refreshed."

"We are not going to stop until we get health care done, until we've got an energy bill that we're proud of," said Obama.  "They're going to get tired; we're not going to get tired - we're going to keep on going."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who's district covers most of San Francisco, introduced Obama. The president made light of the verbal attacks Pelosi endures, not only from Republicans but also at times from fellow Democrats.

"Every day, every day she is subjected to constant criticism and griping, and then there's the other party," said Obama.

But the president also said the Speaker can handle such criticism, saying, "Nancy Pelosi is tough, I want everybody to know that."

A Democratic source says the fundraiser was expected to raise around $3 million. Obama headlines another DNC fundraiser next week in New York City.

– CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


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soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. Pat

    President Obama was elected to represent all Americans....It appears he only represents Democrats. All presidents, regardless of party should represent everyone. It is a sorry excuse to say, well, the previous President didn't. That is so child like.

    October 16, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  2. jenny

    Of course you will outlast your critics, Mr President! You have the force of moral authority and the majotiry of the American people on your side. Just keep working hard and don't listen to the naysayers who have no new ideas.

    October 16, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  3. IS IT 2012 YET ??

    Obama's "opponents" are the majority of Americans. They elected him on popularity and impulse, but now they don't like what they are getting.

    October 16, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  4. Erasmus

    Keep calling them out – the people are finally understanding that the GOP is in bed with the health care special interests. Turn up the heat and lets get this done so we can move on to other needed reform in this country.

    October 16, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  5. Obama's One Term

    What a crybaby ! Obama has both houses of the Democrat Congress, and the media eating out of his hand and shilling for his every move. But all he can talk about are "opponents" and his "victim" status. What a crybaby. Sounds like Obama excuse-itis.

    October 16, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  6. Randolph Carter

    The changing demographics of this nation also assure that, in time, the less than progressive elements of our society will be a minority fairly soon. That's why they're all so scared right now. Time to grow up and make this a 21st century country. A country that values hokey superstitious religion and "I've got mine" attitudes just can't survive in this changing world. Sorry. Have a nice day!

    P.S. Ayn Rand was an idiot.

    October 16, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  7. Rose

    Obama doesn't get it. He blames the minority party for the opposition but he is not listening to the people who do not support his health care agenda. As for Pelosi, she deserves all the remarks thrown her way. The nerve of her to call people, her bosses, un-american. What does she expect? He needs to stop traveling all over the country at our expense to support his own agenda.

    October 16, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  8. Bob in Pa

    Oh, so thats how you gain acceptance of your ideas. Beat someone over the head long enough until they cry uncle ?

    October 16, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  9. Thinkaboutit.

    Hopefully in 2010 this admin will be a lame duck, the cap and trade bill is a financial disaster to the American economy, as well as the consumers when their energy bills skyrocket.It will have a drastic effect on all facets of industry, energy costs, energy production,jobs and taxpayers, and none of it will be for the good. There will be layoffs across the board for manufacturing industries as they move to other countries where they can afford to keep their products competative. With this healthcare issue, you put more burden on businesses to provide health care, they will cut back on their employees to be able to survive in this economy. It amazes me how many people in this country cannot grasp the simple concepts of economics 101, especially the younger generation. The administration surely can't grasp it.

    October 16, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  10. Torch

    Obama can talk tough all he wants. He knows good and darn well that these bills he wants are terrible and frankly outrageous and majortiy of Americans do not believe in these radical policies.

    He better tread lightly, because if it looks like we truly are going to go down this failed socialistic path, or screw ourselves over about global warming that isn't happening. I'm telling you, there will be riots and people are going to get hurt.

    As said before, this is not reform, this is not protecting the environment, it's a power grab by the Democrats, and countless fools are falling for it, giving it legitimacy, when it has none.

    October 16, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  11. BUTTACAVOLI

    they should knock him right off his high horse. just like a chicago politician and he say's he is bipartisan, yeah okay. they better hurry up before the senate race. gonna be a lot of changes.

    October 16, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Obama is not be underestimated. He's proven that over and over again. He's young, fit, intelligent and methodical. The experience that he lacks he will obtain just like any other previous President, except that he'll do it faster. Time and circumstances are ensuring that. Washington bureacracy can bring oil to a grinding halt. Combine that with the unwillingness of the Republicans to support the President and progress can come slowly, but it will come.

    October 16, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  13. Party's Over

    Actually, if you look at the Senate Finance Committee's version of the health care reform bill that Obama supports (the one without the public option and other protectionist features), it is pretty obvious Obama has already given up.

    October 16, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  14. Tulsa

    All republicans have is hate and the willingness to see this country go down to spite the majority who VOTED this President in to do what he is doing.
    They have no "country first" in them.
    The only hope for our nation is for the Democrats to outlast the "nathering naybobs of negativity" on the other side of the isle.
    We are behind you Mr. President.

    October 16, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  15. stevegee

    The PropOganda Machine can beat their chest all they want, but In the end, freedom and liberty will win.

    Wait till 2010, all the left-wing, socialist Democrats are going to be thrown out of office and Obama will be nothing more than a lame, liberal duck.

    October 16, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  16. Four and The Door

    I really do hope the administration and congress get a health care bill done as do the Republicans in Washington. That's not the issue.

    The issue is the ones that have been proposed by the Democrats are wrong for America now in so many different ways. Even the target plan that Obama talks about is way too expensive for right now and doesn't address the cost of Health Care or improve the efficiencies.

    If the Democrats don't get it done by 2012, the Republicans will get it done by 2016, but theirs will actually lower the cost of health care. My bet is that this administration will leave it to the Republicans to get done in the next administration in 2013.

    October 16, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  17. ANGIE IN PA

    You would think the People on the Right would be tired of trying to bring President Obama down and hoping he fails the more you bash the more stronger he is I am so proud of our President and Proud of this country for electing him.

    October 16, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  18. VernisRobertson

    All of this hatred for the President is about Racism from the Republican party . Their are some people in american thinks that a President of the U.S. should be white. A great deal of America's would like to see the 60's all over again , when we had segregation all over again. This is what the Republican party wants , to keep the American people angry and fighting amongs each other . This way the Republican party can steal from American people like they did for the past 8yrs , they rob this country blind and we are too stupid for figure it out.

    October 16, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  19. Bill

    "House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who's district covers most of San Francisco..."

    I can't believe a professional writer doesn't know the difference between who's and whose. I mean, really...

    October 16, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  20. white female

    Go Obama Go, we are fired up and ready to Go, right along side you.

    I love this kind of action from My President, when he say I'm skinny but I'm tough. Let's keeo going Dems, we can see each and everyday that they're getting tired. GO GO GO President Obama, and the Dem Party.
    Obama/Biden 2009-2026.
    I am so proud of you, and congra's on the Nobel prize, remember man gaves out awards, and only God hand downs rewards.
    May you be Bless in your walk as President

    October 16, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  21. Willy Brown

    All hail Comrade Obummer.

    October 16, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  22. Todd

    Nothing will succeed like success, and we have already seen plenty of it. Just wait until this bill passes, banking regulation passes, the full stimulus job numbers come out, and the conomy continues to grow.

    By next year much of the mess left behind by bush and the conservative fox news party will be a distant memory.

    October 16, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  23. lila

    I love Nancy Pelosi.

    October 16, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
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