President (or candidate) Obama rallies supporters in Florida
March 5th, 2011
03:35 PM ET
4 years ago

President (or candidate) Obama rallies supporters in Florida

(CNN)— President Obama sounded a lot like candidate Obama on Friday while speaking at a fundraiser for Sen. Bill Nelson and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in Miami at the home of political contributors Judith and Michael Adler. At times, the remarks given to the Democratic supporters sounded like a preview to stump speeches that might be heard on the 2012 campaign trail.

Recalling the first years of his administration, Obama said, “We’ve now gone through two tough years. And some of us are beaten down and worn out. And the last midterm obviously was very tough. And I’m grayer and looking a little older than I did ... but you know, in each of us, I think, that spirit still exists, and that sense of hope still exists.”

The president discussed the effects of the “toughest economy that we’ve seen in this country since the 1930s” early in his speech, saying, “When you travel around the country, there are millions of people who are still out of work, hundreds of thousands of folks who are worried about losing their home, young people who wonder if they can still afford college.”

"It’s been a tough time,” he stated.

“And what’s remarkable is not how frustrated people have been or, in some cases, how angry people have been. What’s remarkable is actually how resilient people have been. And now what we’re seeing is that having gone through the toughest time in recent memory, the country is on the rebound. The country is on the move.”

But, in closing, Obama reminded the group of potential donors about the accomplishments that should give them reason to hope - the theme reminiscent of his successful 2008 campaign.

“And we have good reason to be hopeful because we’ve done extraordinary things over these last two years. Because of your help, we yanked this economy out of what could have been a Great Depression. Because of your help, we passed the historic health care bill. Because of your help, we ended 'don’t ask, don’t tell.' Because of your help, we are making enormous progress on the education front. Because of your help, we made the largest investment in clean energy in our history," he said.

“Because of your help, we have transformed our foreign policy so that America is once again respected around the world.”

At another fundraiser, also held in Miami, at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel, Obama once again echoed a keystone from 2008, saying, “We’ve got to be fired up. We’ve got to be ready to go.”

With words sounding like the warming up of a stump speech, he declared, “If you are willing to stand with us, if you’re willing to stand with Bill Nelson and Frederica and Patty, if you’re wiling to stand with Barack Obama one more time - I’ve got no doubt that we will win the future and that future will be bright.”

Money raised at both fundraisers will be split between the re-election campaign for Sen. Nelson, whose seat is up in 2012, and the DSCC.

Preparations for the president’s re-election campaign are already underway.

Former senior adviser David Axelrod left the White House in late January to begin groundwork for Obama’s 2012 campaign, which will be based in Chicago.


Filed under: 2012 • Bill Nelson • President Obama
soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. Sue

    Let's see......Gas prices are almost $4 a gallon, possibly going up to $5 a gallon by the end of the Summer. And, due to the gas prices-the prices on everything are going up, including food. The Middle East is getting ready to explode-nobody knows what is going to happen there. Yet, our Campaigner and Chief-is "On the Road Again". How were the majority in the country so foolish as to elect this incompetent, weak, clueless person as President of our country. Thank goodness the majority of Independents-who will determine the 2012 elections-have awakened.

    March 5, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  2. Charlie

    What's new Obama has campaigned since he's been elected. Never stopped. He actually makes a better canidate than president.

    March 5, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  3. mlc in CA

    Quit your whining, Sue. Obama has not control over the cost of gas; remember the Republicans and all their free enterprise ideology? The government doesn't control the fuel market- that's up to the oil companies, and they will charge whatever they can get away with. I'm voting for Obama again, anyway. The economy IS in recovery, despite the hysterical Nay-Sayers in the Party of NO, and unemployment is heading down. I need health care, and affordable health care at that. What do you have to offer as an 'independent?" Got anything positive? Or are you using the word to hide your own negativity?

    March 5, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  4. John

    The president and his administration has little if anything to do with gas prices. This is more an issue of the unrest in the middle east, greed of big oil/gas, and speculation in commodities.

    March 5, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  5. A

    Get away from from relying on oil and get to alternative energy. Bush preached about it after 911 and so is Obama. Too many special interests buying politicans so 20 years from now, we will be talking about the same thing.

    March 5, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  6. Sarah

    Sue, Are you kidding? OBAMA 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 5, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  7. Howard

    At least the corrupt politicians of the past had a modicum of taste and decorum, and at least tried to cover up their questionable behavior ... Obama, Pelosi, Reid, Holder, and Napolitano flaunt their arrogant disdain for the law, and for the American people, right in our faces ... and, the biased mainstream media continues to make excuses for them, and cover their tracks !!!

    March 5, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  8. Chris

    Sue, the Republicans spinning were designed exactly to work on people like you who don't believe that gas prices rose
    no sooner than you voted them right back into office in November. Don't blame the President. Blame yourself for not being
    able to discern Republican trickery, and voted accordingly.
    Obama 2012.

    March 5, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  9. paul

    Obama is a great American. Considering the Republicans have done nothing but obstruct during his two years, he has accomplished more that most presidents do in two terms. He loves this country and will continue to work hard despite the opposition from the extremists on the right. The country is heading in the right direction (he said recovery would be slow) but it is in the right direction. Republicans work for the party of the "rich" and want to give he rich more on the backs of the working class and senior citizens. Stay strong Obama.

    March 5, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  10. Mikey

    Let's see.... Combat operations are over in Iraq and we are working toward an acceptable conclusing to the war in Afghanistan. We have had steady GDP growth and 12 straight months of private sector job growth. The unemployment rate is down almost 1% in 3 months. We saved both the financial service and automotive industries, which would have both collapsed without intervention. Our foreign relations have greatly improved and much of our former respect restored. Democracy movements are breaking out throughout the Middle East. The Obama Administration has a record of significant legislative accomplishment almost unequaled in American history. All this dispite the Gulf Oil spill, the European debt crisis, a slew of natural disasters, and the most obstructionist Congressional minority in the history of the United States.

    We are beginning to see what hard core right wing rule will bring (war on the middle class and the freedoms of all who don't share their narrow views). The President's approval ratings are on the rise and will continue to improve as the unemployment rate declines. There's a reason why all the strong GOP candidates are reluctant to run. Get ready for 4 more years !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Re-elect President Obama in 2012 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 5, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  11. willie floyd

    CNN, PLEASE TELL ME WHY SOME COMMENTS, NONE USING PROFANITY OR VULGARITY, ARE TOTALLY OMITTED???
    I posted the very first comment re: Sen. Brown and it was omitted!! It was not negative but very positive as were most of the other comments. If you're not going to post-there's really not much point in reading your articles!

    Pres.Obama has done a fine job IMHO. I look forward to voting for him again-and I am a former Indep.

    March 5, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  12. Debra From Georgia

    Thank you President Obama for the 1,592,000 jobs you created since you being in office,surpasses that idiot name George W. Bush,.

    March 5, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  13. Charlie in Maine

    Pile on you tea baggers. There is not a GOPer in the race who could hold a candle to Barack Obama as either candidate or President. Oh and be careful bringing up images of the "Worst President Ever" cause that will just remind voters of the complete failure and band of idiots he replaced.

    March 5, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  14. Charles

    God help us if this man is re-elected. I am so tired of his lies. People read these articles and think things are all better, but when you look, cross check and really get into the information, this man is such a liar and we are in big trouble as a country. I wish he'd just go away FOREVER and take Bush, Clinton, Carter with him. America doesn't even feel like America anymore and he can blame whoever he wants, he is supposed to be in charge. The worse is yet to come and his spending and spending is just insane. TOO MANY PEOPLE on welfare!!!!!! If I wanted to live in a Communist country, I'd leave and ask a Communist country to allow me residency, but you know, I haven't and I am sick of it developing around me. He & his wife are just INTRUSIVE, IRRISPONSIBLE, RACIST & DISTRUCTIVE!

    March 5, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  15. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    It's amazing how many people were just born in 2008, after Obama became President, have no history of the prior years so they lump all the problems they can think of on him which proves they've been hiding under a rock somewhere. That makes their comments incompetent, weak, clueless as well as ignorant.

    March 5, 2011 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  16. Nadeem

    1.5M new jobs created, not where we want to be a good solid progress.

    March 5, 2011 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  17. edog

    Let's see Sue.... I also bet you are against high speed rail and a new cap and trade policy, but you are the first to rail against high gas prices...

    March 5, 2011 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  18. TEW

    Sue and Charrlie, perhaps you should consider looking at the entire picture instead of focusing on one entity. Remember it was the republicans who gave unfunded taxes to the rich, oil price increase are the result of turbulence in the middle east and not by cause of the prez or his admin. If you don't like the prez for substantive reasons thats fine but to place blame on him for actions by the republicans, corporate billionairs whose cash flooded the airwaves with false advertising and lets not forget the current attack on working class americans who belong to unions, mothers who benefit from WIC and other programs. It seems like you're drinking from the tainted troughss of Fox News and are enrolled in Glenn Beck university. Wake up!!

    March 5, 2011 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  19. Debby

    Yeah Obama we are all a little grayer since you took office.

    March 5, 2011 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  20. Sueisadumbass

    Sue, you are going to be very disappointed come 2012. You would love to hand the country back over to the boobs who got us in this mess but that is not gonna happen.

    March 5, 2011 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  21. Albo58

    Only fools and sheeple would give this charlatan another term!

    March 5, 2011 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  22. Bessy

    Hey " Sue " . Get in the real world and stop listening to Fox news and Limbaugh. Do your homework before you comment. Obama is not responsible for the price of gas. Thank God we did elect him because if McCain and the other Republicans had their way we would be getting involved in a couple of more wars. The majority of independents will vote for Obama AGAIN. They will realize how the republicans are trying to destroy this country and not all independents are rich. Many of them identify with what is going on in Wisconsin and Ohio because they are hard working middle class folks and they will remember. Oh yes " Sue " , President Obvama is BLACK.

    March 5, 2011 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  23. carlos

    sue...I am an INDEPENDENT voter and likeme, millions of us will be voting for the intelligence, caring and ability to multitask exhibited by the Comander In Chief, and you know something, we do not need your unpatriotic vote.......besides, on the other side of isle, they are non existent persons who could challenge President Obama, none of them, so wake up to reality because I do not even know what reality is......enough of the stupidity from the right which are always WRONG

    March 5, 2011 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  24. carlos

    correction: i really do not think you know what reality is

    March 5, 2011 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  25. peace

    president obama keep up the good work shake off the hater we are still praying for you.

    March 5, 2011 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
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