November 3rd, 2010
06:28 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama sweet pep-talk not sugarcoated

WASHINGTON (CNN) – A chastened President Obama tried to cheer up supporters while delivering an honest assessment of the midterm elections.

"It was a tough night," he said during an Organizing for America conference call Wednesday. "I don't think we should sugarcoat it."

He blamed the election results on a frustrated electorate that still wants change. The challenge Mr. Obama explained is, "we just gotta work harder to deliver the change the American people want."

The President thanked his supporters for their hard work, and while he warned that things "might get tougher in the days ahead," he sounded an optimistic tone about the future by drawing on his Presidential campaign.

"There were times where folks counted us out and we always came back," he said. "The same thing is going to happen over the next two years and the next six years."


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  1. Dee

    President Obama is at least trying all the pundits are talking but no one is talking about the GOP party of "NO" there is also another factor the truth is not being told for this upset you should be in the South and hear the Republicans and all that rhetoric it is blatan racism the way the people voted and a lot of you no it and are afraid to bring it up.

    In the South they have gone back the neighborhood schools and in this election they put all Republicans on the school boards, have brought guns, Segregation is alive and well and they are using the President as a scapegoat.

    I truly believe he is trying to look out for everyone and the Republicans accomplish what they said they were going to do. But nonone is talking about that I wonder why?

    .

    November 3, 2010 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  2. George of the jungle

    The man has more class then all the new repos that won election. If the repos don't start working with this president and help deliver it may be a different ball game in 2012 . After all the lies and name calling I will never vote republican again. They are the party of lies loonies and big business.

    November 3, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  3. Hugo

    The midterm elections were a clear public referendum on Obama and his liberal progressive Congress politics. Having traveled extensively in my earlier years I have seen dictatorships, fascist regimes and Socialism close up and personal, still have some of the scars. That is not what I choose for the type of governance where I reside and what the Dems have been pushing is this version of Socialism lite where we all live in this Utopian world of equality increasingly dependent upon government for our every need. It will not work as it is non-sustainable, but then you have to remember that the one's pushing these type of agendas see themselves as the elite and ultra intelligent leadership (still haven't figured that one out), well above the comprehension level of the general populous, God like almost...legends in their own minds....

    Restore America to the founding principles of governance within the Bill of Rights and the Constitution.
    Term limits, campaign fund reform, transparency and above all enforcement of our laws!

    VOTE THE LIBERALS OUT COME 2012!

    November 3, 2010 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  4. Dee

    President Obama is at least trying all the pundits are talking but no one is talking about the GOP party of "NO" there is also another factor the truth is not being told for this upset you should be in the South and hear the Republicans and all that rhetoric it is blatan racism the way the people voted and a lot of you no it and are afraid to bring it up.

    In the South they have gone back to neighborhood schools and in this election they put all Republicans on the school boards, have brought guns, Segregation is alive and well and they are using the President as a scapegoat.

    I truly believe he is trying to look out for everyone and the Republicans accomplish what they said they were going to do. But nonone is talking about that I wonder why?

    .

    November 3, 2010 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  5. todd

    Once again never taking resposibility for your actions.They all lost because of you!!

    November 3, 2010 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  6. the real ib

    The best thing about last night; Pelosi is gone; thank you voters.

    November 3, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  7. Jo

    True, work harder. But don't cave in to the demands of extremists.

    November 3, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  8. Right Leaning Independent

    Exactly, the change WE want!! Not your warped vision for our country!! You and congress work for us.. Consider November 2nd the day we took back our country and put politicians on notice!!!

    November 3, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  9. GOP Scorched Earth Politic

    Here's the deal. The main failure is that Obama was unable to deliver on his pledge to purge lobbyists / special interests from domination of Congress. Pelosi also was unable to drain the swamp. The problem is that unless campaign finance reform is addressed and taken seriously, nothing will change from either party. No President in history has been able to clean-up the corruption and domination by corporate / special interest lobbyists...with the exception of Teddy Roosevelt.

    November 3, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  10. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans candidates win, so what's in it for Americans. I think the jury is still out on this for most Americans who aren't rich and I'm not saying there is anything wrong with being rich but there's a lot wrong with the poor supporting the rich.

    November 3, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  11. TOTAL FACTS

    Don't expect any change out of this idiot. That is not his agenda. He is so sold on his foreign self and thinking he is too smart for Americans since he has fooled everyone that matters on his illegal birth that he can do whatever he wants and that is to sink American into to so much debt they will have to quit their government like Russia had to do. He is Islam all the way and intends to overthrow America. Anyone believing otherwise are complete fools.

    November 3, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  12. Laurie

    I don't think the President or Pelosi really get why people voted the way they did. They really seem to be in denial..... our votes were a direct reflection of this administrations vision and policy for this country. We did not forget their back room deals or bully tactics. We demand that every voice is represented in our government....not just the ones that happen to agree with them. GOP....listen and act in a manner that is appropriate for a Civil Servant. Represent your people, not your party.

    November 3, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  13. Frank in Valparaiso Indiana

    Obama is a lousy communicator. He should have been on the campaign trail a month before he did. And if you want to win, you do a 50 state strategy. Period. He's blowing it.

    November 3, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  14. Peter E

    All that talk of the republicans being the 'will of the people' ignore the fact that Obama's approval rating is still considerably higher than Congressional republicans had any time in the past 4 years!

    November 3, 2010 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |