Obama: Election up to supporters while he's a 'prop'
November 4th, 2012
01:27 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama: Election up to supporters while he's a 'prop'

Concord, New Hampshire (CNN) – President Barack Obama characterized his place in the upcoming election in surprising terms Sunday, slightly reframing a line he first used Saturday night.

"I looked at David Plouffe and some of you know he's my big campaign bus smart guy, Plouffe and I looked at each other and we said you know what? We're no longer relevant now, we're props," Obama told the crowd of 14,000 outside the Concord state capitol building.

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He used the line to emphasize the importance of the campaign ground game, just three days until Election Day.

"What's happened is now the campaign falls on these 25 year old kids who are out there knocking on doors, making phone calls and then we realized pretty soon after they do their jobs then now they're not relevant either because it's now up to you," Obama said.

The president delivered a similar line in battleground Virginia Saturday night, saying "as the campaign goes on, we become less relevant."

"I'm sort of a prop in the campaign," Obama said. "The planning, everything we do, it doesn't matter, because now it is all up to you."

At the president's first event Sunday, he continued to chastise Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for taking up the mantle of "change." He said Romney is offering a plan that would rule out compromise and rubber stamp the tea party agenda, while he will continue to work with Republican members of Congress.

He added that voters can trust he will always tell the truth, even if there are disagreements.

"Michelle doesn't agree with everything I do," he added.

Former President Bill Clinton joined the president on the campaign trail again for the New Hampshire stop, also hitting on the congressional cooperation theme. The Democratic stalwart said electing Obama to a second term will "keep the door open" to further cooperation between the two parties. After Tuesday, members of the GOP "will walk through it."

Playing to the Granite State crowd, Clinton, who won the state during his two runs for the White House, said "it's no secret that I never tired of coming here."

"It is a very good thing that in the closing days of this campaign you have the chance to send the president back to where he belongs, to four more years in the White House," he said.


Filed under: 2012 • Bill Clinton • New Hampshire • President Obama
soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. just sayin

    >We're no longer relevant now, we're props," Obama told the crowd

    obama has been nothing but a prop for 4 years. no leadership, just campaigning and attacking others. seriously people, 4 more years of this? i can't imagine the condition of this country after another 4 years of obama. we are destroying our kids future but nobody seems to care.

    November 4, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  2. Anne

    Unfortunately Bill Clinton is not on the ballot. What he does now is helping Obama because he knows Benghazi is a problem that can hurt Hillary. Sorry, Bill. Romney/Ryan 2012!

    November 4, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  3. Woman In California

    I'm honored to know we have a president who knows he's not God or that he's NOT a god.
    Please vote on Tuesday.

    God Bless America by KEEPING President Obama as our Commander In Chief.

    November 4, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Over 100,000 young Obama supporters across the country are on the ground, they come from every ethic group in the U.S. that represent the future of America. I support them and our President, not 47% but 100%.

    November 4, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  5. ReasonableGuy

    Four more years. This President has earned this He took over a country where the banking system was collapsing, we were losing 800,000 jobs a month and we were in two wars. Since that time our stock market has went from 6000 to 13000, we have posted 25 straight months for adding jobs, our financial industry is stabilized, the Iraq war has ended and Osama Bin Ladin is dead. We are moving forward

    November 4, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  6. honest marie

    Yes. America we cannot let the hard work of this past four years be in vain neither are going to let the hard work and commitment of tirelessly campaign workers go down unrewarded. The importance Of this election cannot be overemphasized. We must go out and VOTE. AND. RE-ELECT OBAMA /BIDEN 2012. WE MUST SPRINT AMERICA FORWARD for the sake of the ALL AMERICANS.
    .

    November 4, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  7. BPollution

    A politician calling himself a "prop"...probably the first, honest answer ever given by a politician.

    November 4, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  8. CD Minnick

    For once I agree with Obama. He is nothing more than a prop for the left wing progressives. His pain and long four years of suffering will soon be over. He and Michelle will ride off in the sunset hoping never to be heard from again.

    November 4, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  9. Jim

    Prop and a few other names are indeed appropriate.

    November 4, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  10. Harry From Pa

    That's right, the point of having elections is to put the power into WE THE PEOPLE, to vote in people that best represent us. That's the power in the elections. Everything else doesn't matter if people don't vote. This man, Obama will be re-elected because he best re-presents WE THE PEOPLE. FOUR MORE YEARS!
    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012 FORWARD

    November 4, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  11. curious

    President Obama can't lose no matter the election. His legecy has been established. He will continue to be praised by the entire world for his efforts.

    November 4, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  12. OFW

    Presidents are always props! Just a bunch of empty suits promoting the agenda of the far left or far right. This will never change so long as presidents are just the faces for larger networks of vested interests.

    November 4, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  13. nelson origa

    we are with you mr president. regardless of what mistruths Romney and his ilk throw around, we know where you stand and we are behind you!

    November 4, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  14. ted

    I cannot wait to stop hearing from Mitt and Ann Romney and their loser kids. They need to go back to their fake rich lives and leave the rest of the 99% alone. Mitt is such a moron. Ann is a twit. buh bye.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    November 4, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  15. fernace

    It's the only sane choice! Obama is right about the T-Party agenda, which Romney/Ryan so completely embrace & the Republican Party has let Them walk thru Their door & people dont recognize the party anymore! Conservative is a thing of the past, try Extreme! "Compromise is when the democrats come over to our way of thinking!"- the GOT-Party! They have obviously forgotten who they work for-the American people! All politicians would do well remember that, but we need to do more to remind them! We can't just complain & do nothing! If we don't agree w/something,write, e-mail, blog, call, get involved! This country is way too diverse in people & skills for us to be ruled by the 1%! It's enough they have all the money, they can't own us too!! Forward to the Future-Obama/Biden Next4!!

    November 4, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  16. miklea supporter, but

    I vote for this man in 2008. I vote for change and hope and what I get- Bush,Bush. No more this hope and change.

    November 4, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  17. B.

    Obamawill win because he has the youth vote, Women's vote, elderly vote, veterans vote, Hispanic vote.the poor vote, Gay vote, Black vote, Asian vote, Disabled vote, Native Americans, The disenfranchised , basically everyone with the exception of White mostly older,rich, angry people that want the Bush years back..
    The good ole days of no taxes for the wealthy, No regulations on anything, Control of Women's rights in pay and healthcare, Mandatory Christian ethics for everyone regardless of faith or no faith, no Government controls of any kind, everyone is on their own, Privation of schools, Universities, Healthcare, Environment, and they are working on the Weather..

    They basically intend on having a "Christian Theocracy" with no exceptions

    November 4, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  18. KC Yankee

    Former Governor Mitt Romney is toast. He's just going through the motions until he can shuffle off the stage. Let us all hope he has the sense not to try again in four years.

    November 4, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  19. GI Joe

    I don't trust Mitt Romney. Never have, never will.

    November 4, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  20. Kate

    Good luck, Mr. President.

    OBAMA/Biden 2012!

    November 4, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  21. CJ

    He's been a prop for four years!

    November 4, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  22. golds

    What? Obama will keep the door open to further cooperation? It's been closed tight for 4 years.. Obama promises a continuation of this slow, limping-along growth and calls it good. Romney would unleash the confidence of business, small and large, so that they would unleash the money they have been sitting on. We would see real growth under Romney, who has the record to back it up.

    November 4, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  23. JM

    Politicians are elected to represent 'the people', to speak for the people. They are the voice of the people.

    They are public servants.

    Sure beats having someone in the White House who could care less for most Americans.

    November 4, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  24. 2012

    You have been a prop the last four years, too bad you couldn't have been a non-partisan leader.

    November 4, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  25. amarjeet

    President Obama is correct that power to send back as President is people hands despite their planning. He meant business. He planned & implemented despite GOP resistance. Results are there of US economic recovery from deep well as well large scale deaths of troops abroad in 2 devastating wars. Now Romney says to people to forget about his speeches, ads & radio messages. Then where is he to be believed or trusted? Working class needs records and his records including tax payments are not available to people to evaluate his legal & moral commitments. He is changing statements and now finally tells not trust his speeches, ads of media & radio shows. Whom people of America can trust his illusions & promises never made but just in one word "Change". It is not at all convincing with time left it is only President Obama who works on his words and accomplishments who drove America back in economy & creation of jobs from 2008 from negative to positive trend of economy.

    November 4, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
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