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. MM

    Be a President and a moral leader before becoming a candidate again. It is sad how ill prepared he was and still is to be President. It's unfortunate for our country. He shows no desire to cut our deficit, was naive about trying to bring terrorists for trial in the US and is always late on addressing international issues. I think it's a shock to him that he had to actually work rather than "community organize" and sit back. We need leadership, regardless the party.

    March 16, 2011 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  2. SAVE US FROM RETHUGLICANS

    This white, female will vote for you!!!!!!!! Who will the Repubs put up? Palin, the quitter. The hypocrite Newt. Mitt the mormon, and airhead. Michelle ( shot heard round the world ) Bachmann.What a sad bunch. Obama 2012!!!!! A clear choice.

    March 16, 2011 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  3. Zooni

    The GOP was correct Hope = Nope. To be president you require a spin. With the massive amounts of corporate welfare bankrupting the nation, change is not voting for Dem or GOP.

    March 16, 2011 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    We have been down that road before. Now everyone knows he is all rhetoric, and no substance, and the end result will NOT be the same.

    March 16, 2011 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  5. Airdoc

    Can you tell me when he STOPPED being a candidate? Because he certainly hasn't been an active president besides having all the perps.

    March 16, 2011 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  6. Monster Zero

    When has this empty hole sounded like anything other than a campaigning empty suit? This has been the worst President in my lifetime, a total lack of leadership or substance, a big zero that makes Jimmy Carter look like a blazing supernova. Does anyone seriously think America can take another four years of this guy, it will take at least four years to straighten out the mess he has created?

    March 16, 2011 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  7. Get A Grip

    "President Obama, sounding more like a candidate"......(translated).....Obama will be lying more now then ever.

    March 16, 2011 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  8. MJ

    Obama has been in Campaign Mode since he took office. Does not have the knowledge or experience to deal with major issues facing America or Foreign Countries . Spent the weekend Golfing and picking his Teams for Basketball. This is not the person I want in charge of our Country, Economy, Social Security, and Foreign Policies. This is not the one to dictate my Health Care, especially while Unions continue to put millions is his pocket.

    March 16, 2011 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  9. Mark

    The most over media hyped toad of our lifetime

    March 16, 2011 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  10. The reality is...

    So much more to do; he hasn't completely implemented his agenda yet. My 21 year old tells me the younger generation doesn't back him any more because he hasn't done anything! Still hoping? I miss Bush more and more every day!

    March 16, 2011 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  11. Zizi

    I hope we elect him again.....he is a great president for real...I mean the best of the best. this is just my idea of him. so far he struggling helping people to find jobs, healthcare and all that stuf.....no hard feelings...yes we can...I missed saying that thoe lol.

    March 16, 2011 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  12. terry, va

    Change is coming fool. To bad we have to wait until the next election.

    March 16, 2011 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  13. Zizi

    I hope so........that was a good speech

    March 16, 2011 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  14. California Conservative

    They make it sound like he stopped campaigning and became president at some point. He's been campaigning for well over 3 years non stop now.

    March 16, 2011 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  15. T'sah from Virginia

    I fully support President Obama and it does not matter if he is in campaign mode – I mean, everyone out there from the RIGHT is criticizing him and campaigning at the same time for a position they know they will NEVER get!!! At least President Obama will win in 2012!!!

    March 16, 2011 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  16. walter

    Oh please, the man is so far out of his league it isn't remotely funny. The best thing that could happen is he follows Hillary's lead and decides not to continue in his role after 2012.

    March 16, 2011 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  17. Nick

    Too bad you can't do over half of the stuff on your list Barry...because the other two branches will never let you. Then they'll whine about how you don't get things done. Then you'll be replaced, either in 2012 or 2016, and a new crop of legislators will whine about how THAT person doesn't get anything done, either. Digging in with their heels all the way. Just dissolve the senate, and make yourself Emperor. That's the only way you're going to do all you promised.

    March 16, 2011 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  18. Gregory Hodges

    I still believe Obama is light years ahead of anybody the G.O.P. has to offer as candidate. Having said that; I wish Barack would have the courage of his convictions. I am deeply disappointed in his failure to act boldly in the Lybian affair; and his decision to "build a consenses" while brave men and women are being slaughtered by a mad dog killer who has called the world`s bluff. The entire global leadership has blood on it`s hands by their cowardly failure to act, including Obama.

    March 16, 2011 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  19. Four and The Door

    That frustration, he said is why it is important to not just fight the same battles, but to instead change American politics and policies.
    ___________________________________________________________________________________________________
    We did change American politics and policies. In November 2010. For the better. To save the country from runaway greed on the part of the Democratic Party and their one-sided spendfest. Washington is now listening and finally we are seeing some results in the economy. Unemployment dropped the fastest it has in 28 years. Thank you, American voters for addressing the problem.

    March 16, 2011 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  20. Jeff Mayfield

    Like what, jet off to Rio when so many people in Japan are hurting and facing a possible nuclear catastrophe, gas prices are sky high, and the housing market and economy are still in the toilet. I think we need a "change" in 2012 alright. Starting from the top down!

    March 16, 2011 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  21. Dan

    Was he ever sounding like anything else but a candidate?!

    March 17, 2011 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  22. Sgt Schultz

    Yes but Obama need to get CONGRESS to change. Both parties are stuck in their old bad habits. Literally you have Senators sleeping with lobbyists or only caring about their Big $ corporatist bankrollers instead of serving the people they are suppose to represent.

    March 17, 2011 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  23. Beamer

    He may be a great politician but Obama is a HORRENDOUS President. We have had a longer peroid of extended unemployment than the great depression and all of policies led to them. Obama has led on nothing and countries may have hated Bush but they outright laugh at Obama.

    March 17, 2011 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  24. justathougth

    Without a majority in the House and Senate Obama won't be able to accomplish much in a second term.

    I'm still waiting for "Change you can believe in".

    March 17, 2011 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  25. Jennifer

    Hope and change, hope and change, the man is a broken record.

    I pity anyone who still believes anything that comes out of his mouth.

    March 17, 2011 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
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