President (or candidate) Obama rallies supporters in Florida
March 5th, 2011
03:35 PM ET
3 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.


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soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. Mike

    Gas prices way up. We get 1% of our oil from Libya. Could it be the oil companies and speculators taking advantage of the Mideast turmoil? Of course not. They only have our best interests at heart. As for handling the Mideast turmoil not one world leader knows what to do. What do you think your hero McCain would have done? You Obama haters damn him for everything he does and facts don't matter. Are things perfect? No but they are a damn site better than if we continued the Bush policies. You want politics in the midst of crisis? How about the republicans cutting food programs, education programs, heating and health programs and then blaming teachers for greed. They have no problem with the top 2% of earners getting their tax break and god forbid we should touch subsidies to oil companies. Boehner claims job retention is behind it but when asked about the thousands of state and federal employees that could lose jobs he said "so be it". They also have no problem with our bailout money being used to pay obscene salaries of the financial sector people who got us into this mess in order to retain them. You people really need to experience life away from fox news.

    March 5, 2011 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  2. diridi

    release federal reserve and we need to stop gas imports....do something on energy efficiency....release fuel efficient cars,, and electric ones which run solely on battery...o.k...gas goes up...all go up....it is a relativity....

    March 5, 2011 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  3. Gaylon Barrow

    You don't need to be rallying the troops in Florida you just need to be giving instruction classes on how to vote to the berainless, OBAMA.

    March 5, 2011 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  4. yasmine

    Proud of my president..you go pres. Obama

    March 5, 2011 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    You nutbaggers seem to think President Obama should be out personally drilling new oil wells or something equally stupid. The fact is, oil prices are set by OPEC, situations in oil producing countries and greedy speculators. The US is a MINOR player in oil production. Even if you could put all the known reserves into the market tomorrow, it would barely register on gas prices. Get a clue, or at least an education.

    March 5, 2011 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  6. Moe NY

    You have my vote again President Obama. I know you are fighting for America. Some people just cannot understand that you cannot come out and tell all that is going on, nor should you...as far as world problems are concerned. Appreciate your approach on international matters. Also, appreciate your support of American workers...although, once again, you cannot come in person to WI, etc. As for people blaming you for the gas prices...well, I just have to lol on that one. You have not had an easy road, as you had to take over the problems of the past administration....which where, and are many. The republicans/teabags/conservatives vowed to take you down....regardless of the cost to this country....I, on the other hand think you have done extremely well, especially with the mess that was passed on to you.

    March 5, 2011 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  7. sean

    Let see.... before he took over the country we were headed to a depression thanks to our friends the Repubs. Now the unemployment rate is at a TWO -year low thanks to our President's brilliants.

    March 5, 2011 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  8. J.V.Hodgson

    Your posters choice of title is insulting whatever he is doing he is President period.
    Even when he will in 2012 campaign for his re-election. Am fed up of article the use excuses to slight the president.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    March 5, 2011 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  9. Huh

    tell me again why he was awarded that nobel peace prize?

    March 5, 2011 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  10. Obama 2012

    Huckabee, Gingrich, Romney, Palin, Bachmann, whoever . . .
    Obama will SPANK any candidate on the GOP side in the next election.

    March 5, 2011 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  11. morphyous

    To Sue, Now your blaming President Obama for the hike in gas prices, the unrest in the Middle East? Did you just get a pimple on your rear end? That's Obama's fault too ! C'Mon, get real! Nice to have a "Fall Guy " for all the world's Ills.

    March 5, 2011 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  12. Jon

    See, you know why I'm not mad about gas prices? Because, unlike Bush, at least Obama did *something* to prepare us for it. Looks like Cash for Clunkers wasn't such a bad idea after all, was it? – Besides, you know that all you guys who think that this problem would magically go away if we opened up offshore drilling – in spite of the BP spill last year proving what a terrible idea that is – don't have the slightest clue what you're talking about. Educate me - exactly how much oil exists within US waters? And how much is US demand again?

    March 6, 2011 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  13. Jon

    In addition – you guys can sneer all you want at Obama's accomplishments. Simple fact is – he's gotten stuff done, and he's gotten in done *in spite of conservatives*, not because of them. So cope.

    March 6, 2011 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  14. babatope eyi

    @sue did obama cause the increase in gasoline prices.it just another excuse to vent ur hatred.give it to him has done a great job.unemployment is goin down,US economy is on the rebound.hope it will not be derailed by those who want cut the head bcos of headache. is that a cure.cut!!cut !!

    March 6, 2011 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  15. Ron

    Sue, I certainly do hope that the majority of Independents have awakened and asked themselves the very same question you pose: "how were the majority in the country so foolish"...to elect republicans in 2010? You blame Obama for gas prices?! Really? I hope you are independently wealthy because if republicans have their way, your wages, hours, and work conditions will start to mirror those of third world countries "in order to make YOU, the American worker, a more competitive labor force...in a global sense" Say goodbye to minimum wages (you don't need that much money to ,ive in poverty anyway); say goodbye to medical benefits (if you drop dead on the job there are plenty of others waiting to fill your spot); say good bye to paid vacations (who needs a vacation when you can spend that time working for $2 a day like the rest of the world). Yes, Sue, I too hope the independents have awakened!

    March 6, 2011 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
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