April 10th, 2008
09:00 PM ET
15 years ago

Obama: I'd take a vow of silence if I could

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/04/10/art.obama0409.ap.jpg caption="Obama said Thursday he’d lay off the speeches for a while if he could. "] LAFAYETTE, Indiana (CNN) - Democrat Barack Obama told an Indiana audience Thursday afternoon that he doesn't like hearing the sound of his own voice as much as some people might think.

After first mentioning that there was a time when presidential rival Hillary Clinton was "really hammering away" at him by saying he was more of a talker than a doer, the Illinois senator said, "She's not doing it as much now. I guess because it wasn't working."

But, said Obama, it's "not just because I like hearing myself talk."

"I promise you, after 15 months (on the trail so far) I would be happy to take a vow of silence and not say a word. I'd be happy just to sit in an office somewhere and solve all kinds of problems without ever having to give a speech."

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soundoff (291 Responses)
  1. jdona

    Guess what Obama? We'd like it if you took that vow of silenece NOW! We are also sick of hearing you. Why don't you just gracefully step down, and let the real work begin with Hillary defeating McCain and take back the White House?

    April 10, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  2. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    How about taking the middle ground– stop shouting platitudes about change at us and quietly tell us in specific terms what your positions are on all the issues and how you intend to achieve your desired results?

    April 10, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  3. DC Insider

    Oh great if Obama gets elected he is going to isolate himself in an office and solve all our problems. Well, many voters would like to see the first half of that plan -

    April 10, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  4. Petra

    A vow of silence? We love your speeches... and we know you don't like to hear yourself talk. You are not in this as a 'beauty' contest. You believe in change otherwise you would have caved in to the #2 spot when the party elders had Hillary coronated at the beginning.

    Either way... Vow or no vow; you inspire so many of us.

    Go, Obama

    April 10, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  5. Michael

    Maybe Hillary could take you out for a night on the town with the $800,000.00 her and bill got from Columbia to speak on behalf of free trade. Now because she is running for president she is telling(lied to) Ohio and Pa she is against free trade. Oh my God you have got be kidding.

    April 10, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  6. Sue

    At least when he does speak, it is with honesty and purpose, something Clinton does not how how to do. Her answer to serious questions is "How many angels sit on the head of a pin" followed with derisive laughter. I hope she keeps on talking until she cannot remember which lie she told and to whom!

    April 10, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  7. Ben

    Please don't because you are winning and we like when you are making noise. I listen to you even when there is no point I am waiting for!

    April 10, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  8. franny

    Is this a story? Come on!

    April 10, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  9. CNN is twisted!

    Wow. CNN, are you on the Clinton payroll? Oh, I forgot that Candy Crowley was at the event tonight where Obama was joking about hearing himself speak! CNN, give me a break. How about you talk about Hillary stating that she will pull out of Iraq even if the military doesn't advice her to do so because it's a civilian decision! She told the NYT this today!

    April 10, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  10. MD

    I think it should be Hillary Clinton who should take a vow of silence. America has had enough of her lies.

    April 10, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  11. James

    jdona, do you know math at all. Tell your people Hillary and mccain to go away with their lobbyists. They will no longer drown our voices! Fresh face fresh voice! No country for old men

    April 10, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  12. North Carolina

    Is that a fact? Perhaps Sen. Clinton figured she had made her point. You finally chaired your subcommittee after more than a year, which (as she pointed) was the only real responsibility with which you had ever been charged. But she's right: all you do is talk, and these comments of yours embody that fact.

    April 10, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  13. L Daniel

    Barack Obama's Record

    Housing: In the U.S. Senate, Obama introduced the STOP FRAUD Act to increase penalties for mortgage fraud and provide more protections for low-income homebuyers, well before the current subprime crisis began.

    Predatory Lending: In the Illinois State Senate, Obama called attention to predatory lending issues. Obama sponsored legislation to combat predatory payday loans, and he also was credited with lobbying the state to more closely regulate some of the most egregious predatory lending practices.

    American Jobs: Barack Obama introduced the Patriot Employer Act of 2007 to provide a tax credit to companies that maintain or increase the number of full-time workers in America relative to those outside the US; maintain their corporate headquarters in America; pay decent wages; prepare workers for retirement; provide health insurance; and support employees who serve in the military.

    April 10, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  14. CNN is twisted!

    CNN is so baised it ridiculous!!!!!!!! This is taken so out of context. Hey CNN how about you POST a VIDEO of the speech and let the readers decide instead of plicing and dicing!


    April 10, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  15. jheart

    He shouldn't be the one stepping down...Last I knew, he was ahead.

    OBAMA '08

    April 10, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  16. CNN is twisted!

    And he said "and not give speeches" he went on to say how important they are. CNN link the video please.

    April 10, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  17. nate

    You'r on to something Obama....go for it.....give us a little real "change" from your rhetoric!

    April 10, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  18. Jenny Sprowl

    I know, How about you keep telling the truth while Billary drowns in lies. Keep talking Barack Obama!! Indiana hears what you are saying. I love when I see your TV ads. I think it's story hour when she comes on. Come on America, See through her lies and do the gight thing. VOTE for OBAMA!!! Indiana for Obama!!!!

    Obama 08

    April 10, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  19. BDog

    We've heard everybody's position on every possible issue. What have there been – 20 some debates?? This process has gone on way too long for this story to be newsworthy on the Political Ticker. Let's all grow up and move on.

    April 10, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  20. mike

    haha, that is so funny. I am so tired of this presidential election too and I bet the people of America will be glad when it will finally be over!

    April 10, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  21. Dee

    Just looking at him in that picture, he looks like a person unbecoming of a president.

    Do America a favor. Go back to Illinois.

    April 10, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  22. Kentucky voter

    Have you ever actually listened to him?

    April 10, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  23. Chris in Va.

    Senator Obama, there is no need to continue talking, Hillary is doing a good enough job of nominating you just by being Hillary. Scandal, lies, scandal, lies, she IS her own worst enemy.

    April 10, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  24. ANNA

    Keep talking Senator Obama. Those of us that are really listening hear your policies and change message. We also are listening to Senator Clinton continue to lie, Senator McCain wanting to keep the troops in iraq forever. We also hear her daughter telling people none of your business.

    OBAMA 08

    April 10, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  25. Bob G.

    Seeing that you have already won the democratic convention, won the most states, the most delegates, the popular vote, all the young folks, the mamas and grandmamas, and 90% of you know whom – why don't you just take a vacation until August, save your money, save your voice so that you can hit John with all your usual speeches (by that time most of the people would have forgotten them and they'll appear fresh again!)

    Look forward to hearing you again in September with hopefully some Fresh stuff and maybe some real solutions.

    April 10, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
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