Obama makes his case to supporters at progressive conference
June 10th, 2012
07:45 AM ET
3 years ago

Obama makes his case to supporters at progressive conference

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama had a message to a major progressive conference Saturday: mission partially accomplished.

"We've got a lot more work to do, especially when it comes to getting our fellow Americans back to work," he said in a recorded video message to the annual Netroots Nation convention.

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Thanking his supporters there, Obama acknowledged that "change," his 2008 election slogan, "is hard."

The health care law that he lobbied then signed was central to his nearly five-minute remarks to the progressive gathering.

Organizers describe the conference as a "giant family reunion for the left," and his remarks could be seen as an attempt to rekindle the excitement of any grassroots supporters whose flames have dampened given the realities of governing in Washington, D.C.

Obama ticked off successes and progress on his 2008 campaign pledges, including moves toward clean energy, increased fuel efficiency standards, repeal of a policy banning open homosexuals from serving in the military, ending the Iraq war and the killing of Osama bin Laden.

"That's just a short list," he said. "I know some of you keep the full list on your blogs. Feel free to spread it around."

To tell the story of health reform, Obama introduced video footage of a Colorado family whose son, Nathan, requires expensive medical treatments to treat his hemophilia.

Nathan, diagnosed at age 6, within years encountered a lifetime cap on coverage from two insurance companies, the video said.

"The Affordable Care Act has improved our quality of life, knowing that we don't have to deal with the cap anymore means we can focus on the best care and the proper care for his condition," Nathan's father, Thomas, said.

As much as a highlight reel of major accomplishments, Obama's remarks were also a call to action.

"Now is the time to dig deep," he said.

– CNN's Kevin Bohn and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report


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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. King

    lesson if we only had half a million middle class workers buying from our local businesses, well have more workers hired to make and fill orders plus the half a million goveenment workers the repubs layed off, shouting small government, and government doesn't create jobs, the private sector does. what happened to jobs jobs jobs, do they really think the American people actually voted them in to kill jobs not create them. Obama has taken the financial sector from utter destruction, by sacrificing his Congress majority, and have these same folks making more money beyond their wildest dreams, and all they do is store trillions in offshore bank account. yet they use the repubs as guardians as they build China in a more powerful country than us, shouting free market

    June 10, 2012 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  2. rla

    Always thought the self imposed term "PROGRESSIVE" compared to the rest of us common folk was elite and arrogant on its face!!!! If the results of this group is the state we are in at this moment they need to disappear as a political philosophy!

    June 10, 2012 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  3. Sydnium S. Washington, EC, HOTD

    Anything that he said Sunday is a falsehood.

    June 10, 2012 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  4. Caringvoice

    "A call to action"? Why is it now when the re-election campaign is on that he is wanting this call to action? It is sad that our politicians never seem to "get it" until they are about to lose their jobs. So many peoples lives have been torn about by this recession, suicides because of loss of jobs and homes, marriages that were once so strong falling apart do to the stress. Our politicians have no real clue about how the people they represent are suffering, they have their jobs and nice homes. It is sad that many of them forget that they work for the people of this country, not the other way around!!

    June 10, 2012 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  5. 100 % ETHIO

    He didn't create any job, where I live. Let him go back to his Chicago house and write his 4 years life story.

    June 10, 2012 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  6. chuck weidemann

    The call to action needs to be heard by the people in control of passing jobs bills and tax breaks for working class people in this country. More tax breaks for the super wealthy does not create new jobs....we wouldn't be in this recession if that were the case!!!! Remember the tax break from the last president? We need our government to be a safety net to the people who have done everything right their entire lives........ ( work,pay taxes,social security,ect,ect ) and regulate the money controlling , big banks and industrial complex that ONLY have It's self interest at their core. Anyone who believes business will regulate it's self need only look to our rivers or skies or oceans to know this isn't the case....ever head of The Love canal or toxic waste dumping. Big business need to be balanced by government that's just how it works!!! Congress being in bed with business doesn't!!!! Think about it....

    June 10, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  7. chuck weidemann

    Big business...get the most you can possibility get for the least you can possibly do!!! That means low pay and fewer employees or shipping jobs overseas. Do you really think a businessman president would be the best leader?

    June 10, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  8. chuck weidemann

    This country needs to reinvest in It's self....It's people,It's roads,It's bridges,It's resources....we need to keep developing and growing ....this is what progressive means. Going forward without fear....fear is yearning for the good ole days! Can't go back into your mothers womb....or those good ole days!!!!

    June 10, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  9. Gurgyl

    What did congress do when comes to jobs-bill?? In 2010 congress republicans got elected to pass jobs-bill. Where is your voice then? He passed Healthcare bill, which this nation needs, ignored by GOP idiots, passed Financial Reform, stocks did not plunge eversince, IRAQ WRA ended saved trillions of dollars, Bin Laden, Al Libi, Gaddaffi, etc killed, Pakistan 20 Billion dollars gotten cut, I thin this nation needs education, nation needs to quit racial stuff, bickering, greed, focus on Manufacturing and Agriculture. Infrastructure and green energy needed. Stop actin funny just because president is black. Yes, on Obama2012.....

    June 10, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |