President Obama, sounding more like a candidate
March 16th, 2011
09:11 PM ET
4 years ago

President Obama, sounding more like a candidate

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama channeled his "change" message of the 2008 election in a speech to the Democratic National Committee in Washington, asking the group of supporters "not to lose that spirit that animated us early on."

"My hope is that the same spirit that helped change this country in 2008, that that spirit is still in each and every one of you," Obama said Wednesday night.

But he acknowledged that some may become frustrated with the politics in the next election.

“I’m sure that some of you are like Michelle and at some point had to just stop watching cable TV because it was getting too frustrating,” Obama said.

That frustration, he said is why it is important to not just fight the same battles, but to instead change American politics and policies.

Echoing his 2008 mantra, the president said there is "a lot more that we have in common than separates us," and encouraged the group to not take his presidency for granted.

"As time passes, you start taking it for granted that guy named Barack Hussein Obama is president of the United States," Obama said. "I hope that over the next couple of years, as we're seeing a lot of you as I travel around the country, I hope that all of you still feel that sense of excitement and that sense of possibility, because we still have so much more to do."


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  1. maysen

    My hope is that the same spirit that helped change this country in 2008, that that spirit is still in each and every one of you," Obama said Wednesday night.

    March 17, 2011 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  2. Granted takin

    Taking for granted? Is he serious? I think everyone's waiting for the presidency to start.

    March 17, 2011 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  3. EmperorObama

    "My hope is that the same spirit ( the spirit of demons) that helped change this country in 2008, that that spirit ( the spirit of the anti Christ) is still in each and every one of you," Obama said Wednesday night.

    Amen.

    March 17, 2011 02:57 am at 2:57 am |
  4. Charles W. Skinner

    Nah. President Obama is done, stick a fork in him. Honestly I'm still waiting for Rep. Boehner to grow up and tell Senator Reid and President Obama that the budget is going to be cut $60 Billion, and if they don't like it, a government shut-down is perfectly fine with the Republicans, because NO ESSENTIAL SERVICES WILL BE STOPPED (Social Security will still be mailed out, military personnel will still get paid, borders will still be secured by too few agents, etc....). Only NON-Essential services will be stopped. Expect NEXT year's budget to be cut by $400-500 Billion. If you think that the screams of horror on the Democrat / Statist side are loud now, wait until they REALLY get to CUTS in the budget.

    The TEA Partiers are energized, and are well and truly motivated. They're ESPECIALLY ticked off at the Republicans right now due to the snail-pace that the "Party Leadership" has been moving on deficit reduction, and if Boehner doesn't man up SOON he is going to draw a primary challenger who WILL win. With Congressional redistricting on the way, and Conservative majorities forming in State capitols, President Obama is now MUCH more likely to be a one-term President.

    March 17, 2011 03:06 am at 3:06 am |
  5. BeverlyNC

    I am so proud of President Obama. I stand with my President and his terrific leadership. He has focused on the PEOPLE, saved us from a Depression, created jobs, lowered the unemployment rate, saved GM and all their jobs, and restored respect of America among our Allies. He loves our country and has done everything he can to make us stronger, better our education system, and prepare us to be more competitive in the world. He continues to maintain his focus on leadership despite Republican hate and lies. He still tries to work with them although they refuse to compromise on anything. Republicans are out to destroy the middle class and hurt working people. All they care about is themselves, the wealthy, and corporations. Not one thing done for the PEOPLE. – where are all these jobs they promised to get elected in the midterms? Just another Republican lie. They lie about everything. Facts, honesty, character, integrity, and values mean nothing to them. Thank goodness we have President Obama who is a good and decent man. How refreshing compared to these corrupt Republicans.

    March 17, 2011 03:16 am at 3:16 am |
  6. Not fooled

    President Obama has done so much in his first two years. The country really is coming back. Just for a minute remember all that has happened since he became president. It is mind boggling. Most of us would be in a padded cell if we were him. Yet he takes it with stride and if allowed to do what he wants for this country we would go forward and not backward into the ages. The true Republicans need to step up and work with this president. The Tea Party will cause a depression with their drastic cuts. Yes we need to cut the deficit and that will come with recovery. The national debt has been huge before and we got through it. We are not the only country in trouble now. This assault on the middleclass will certainly destroy our country. Are we going to destroy our country or fix it? I am so sick of the games.

    March 17, 2011 04:04 am at 4:04 am |
  7. jules sand-perkins

    I intend to vote for Obama in 2012. That represents a change in my thinking.
    I actually preferred the fiscal policies of the Republican Party AS IT USED TO BE.
    Contemporary Republicans, however, are determined to convince us to elect creationism-believing Baptist preachers, Southern Bubba governors displaying an addiction to Southern grease, or aggressive, pretty women dedicated to consciousness-lowering feminism and the dispensation of coat hangers.
    Today's Republicans push these antiquated, religiously and superstitiously based social values instead of economic progress because New Republicans realize that any truly conservative economic policies just might inspire a civil war.
    Look around your city and ask yourself how many citizens are living on some form of welfare that comes from your taxes.
    That's why the next Republican presidential candidate will be a big advocate of Jesus' morality, as speciously interpreted by today's Republicans, although not necessarily as interpreted by Barry Goldwater or Ronald Reagan.
    I'm voting for Obama.

    March 17, 2011 04:04 am at 4:04 am |
  8. J.V.Hodgson

    CNN wil you stop showimg your political bias.
    President Obama is what he is PRESIDENT and will campaign for re-election he is not just a candidate and to label him as such is an insult. He is an incumbent seeking re-election. You talk about Republicans as potential presidential candidates.
    Obama is the existing ofice holder and quite rightly will seek re-election as president. His candidacy per se finished when he was elected president.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    March 17, 2011 05:01 am at 5:01 am |
  9. Albo58

    The man has been been a perpetual cadidate since day one so when does he plan on actually doing his job?

    March 17, 2011 05:42 am at 5:42 am |
  10. Rick Douglas

    Animated = "An illusion of movement".

    March 17, 2011 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  11. diridi

    CNN, do not play double game....he needs to act like president, need to pass all the laws needed that this nation ever needs and ignored by GOP thugs......I shall vote for this guy.....pass anti-lobby, Congress and senate Term-limits, put caps on interest in visa and m/c, etc, o.k, and of course, stringent immigration system.....apart form Energy efficiency......infrastructure, even third world is laying roads, and rail.....public transpiration, why not we????

    March 17, 2011 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  12. LA, LA, LA

    I just want to know if he ever found those comfortable shoes he was looking for in order to join the protest in Wisconsin & Ohio.

    Fool us twice?

    March 17, 2011 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  13. Right Leaning Independent

    No, I really do not feel like I have much in common with Obama other than being American.. His weak leadership on a range of crisis situations prove he is unable to make a decision and lead the way for the rest of the world to follow! He is more content to be a follower rather than a leader... Vote for anyone other than Obama in 2012!! Though highly unlikely, lets hope some strong Dem leader is willing to step up and run against Obama in the primary and that a strong Repub emerges from the field!! We need a new direction and change from the weak leadership that Obama has provided.....

    March 17, 2011 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  14. Anonymous

    At least he doesn't need a clown car like the current crop of sorry "candidates" from the Greedy Old Parasites.

    March 17, 2011 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  15. Fair is Fair

    "President Obama, sounding more like a candidate"

    Dude never STOPPED sounding like a candidate.

    March 17, 2011 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  16. Obamacare = Romneycare v1.01

    He may be "running," but Obama views himself as a one-term president. His resurrecting the gun-control issue shows that he is trying accomplish the more radical parts of his "agenda" before being booted out of office in 2012.

    March 17, 2011 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  17. Anders Perillo

    "don't lose the spirit"? I'd say it's done long since been lost, wonder boy.

    March 17, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
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