(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.