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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  1. Peter D

    Senators like Clinton, Obama, and McCain could stop the war very quickly by just not appropriating any more funds. Clinton, Obama, and McCain have all voted time and again to allocate funding for the war. The Democrats alone have enough votes in Congress to stop funding for the war. Both parties in both houses of Congress continue to vote, over and over again, to allocate more money for the war. This war belongs to both parties. This war belongs to all 3 presidential candidates. This war could be ended by a simple majority of both houses of Congress each time a war funding bill is voted upon.

    April 11, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  2. bob

    just read...oprah favorable ratings have declined 30 percent since

    she endorsed obama

    so obama, why dont you and oprah start your silence now

    tired of hearing your same speech over and over and over again

    April 11, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  3. California

    Jim Hofa I think Obama going to change your Mother like his grandma.
    No hope at all Jim Hofa he even doesn't care his grandmama how he
    going to care about you dog.

    April 11, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  4. Kimberly

    It's truly unfortunate and sad that there are so many disallusioned people out there, who are still suggesting that Barack step down gracefully and think he is so full of himself. President-Elect Obama is in first place in all three areas of this presidential race! Are you not living in the real world and our current reality?! He is eroding Clinton's base by the minute in Pennsylvania and continues to secure significant key endorsements from credible and respected individuals in the political arena – not to mention the 3.6 million union organziations that believe in him and support Barack.

    You wanna talk about someone who is full of themselves – how about Hillary Rodham Clinton! For starters, she and Bill feel that they are entitled to the presidency!! C'mon! No one is entitled to anything – you have to earn it. And guess what – Hillary thus far – has not earned and will not earn enough delegate support to clinch the democratice nominee. Barack has earned it and his efforts will be awarded with the Democratic Nomination!

    Oh, by the way, former secretary of state and former general of our United States army has hinted to endorsing Barack like former President Carter- guess who? General Colin Powell! Who deeply commands the respect of both the republican and democratic parties. Wake up!! It is time for Hillary Clinton to step down gracefully and get behind Obama and begin to unify and heal the party! On to the White House. This is the true goal everyone should be concerned about – not all this petty bickering and unproductive comments.

    April 11, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  5. Monroe

    Don't worry Barack, you've got a fine voice.

    The people who are STILL saying he doesn't have specifics... either get out of your cave, or stop spewing empty rhetoric. Either you've done so little homework or you are just throwing out things hoping they'll stick.

    April 11, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  6. wanda

    your voice annoys a lot of people. Get off and let the real people with experience run for President – like John McCain and Hillary Clinton. Shut up & learn from the best

    April 11, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  7. Eric-PA

    What an ego. It DID work. You lost Texas and Ohio and your going to lose the nomination. Don't worry. In a few months you'll be out of the spotlight and back in the Senate gaining experience!

    April 11, 2008 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  8. Nick

    Even if you are quite I am still listening to you, lol. That was a cute smile......

    April 11, 2008 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  9. Khandoker

    Obama, when you speak, the media cover you live because they know how eagerly people are waiting to listen from you. So, don't stop – continue what you're doing. Thousands of youth become voters everyday because of your inspiring talks, you have changed the dimension of our national politics already, so keep it up.

    April 11, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  10. Kentuky voters

    I am waiting for you to come for your bus tour. I just bought my ticket and all my family members are voting for you.........

    April 11, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  11. Matt

    blah blah blah blah. HILLARY IS GOING TO LOSE PEOPLE!!!!

    April 11, 2008 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  12. robby10001

    Clinton's dishonorable lies about Bosnia and now NAFTA have ended her speaking career. At least Obama has a choice.

    April 11, 2008 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  13. Mike - IL

    I think Obama brings integrity and a perspective that has been vacant from the White House for many years. One thing that doesn't seem to get discussed is the costs that the universal health care plans that the democrats insist on implementing. We are going to pay for everyone's health care – wait until you find out how much that will actually cost. Democrats raise taxes, Republicans cut taxes. Sure, the tax cuts favor the wealthy, not the poor. When was the last time that you worked for someone who was poor? Tax the rich, their profits diminish and they lay off the poor worker. Cut their taxes and they can hire more workers to make more money. Like it or not, wealthy run the country – always will. If their pockets are full, ours will be too (although our pockets are much much smaller.

    April 11, 2008 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  14. Eric-PA


    Do you know math, because neither of the candidates can clinch the nomination without the superdelegates. Think before you speak.

    April 11, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  15. Pa voter

    We white people are going to vote for Obama because i can not imagine standing behind hillary lying to me. She has lied so much and I see no reason to stand behind here. So, please Obama don't shut up before you come back to PA....

    April 11, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  16. Soni

    Sure Donaj and let's ask McCain to step aside so "queen" Hillary can have what is rightfully hers. How dare anyone get in the way? This is not inevitable, it is now unobtainable! See you in the Senate HC!

    April 11, 2008 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  17. emmanuel

    Obama Please you and your load mouth Pastor just shut up

    Hillary 2008

    April 11, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  18. NC our Turn to vote, here in Oregon too

    We are doing it just for Obama here in Oregon. Those people being lied by Hillary and her husband are blind and should know the truth. Clinton getting $800,000 was enough for me to know why they are so much power hungry and it is time for America to wake up and hold leaders accountable with their votes!

    April 11, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  19. Bridget

    don't because we need you. It is that simple!

    April 11, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  20. Kathy, Andover

    Can't say I blame him!

    April 11, 2008 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  21. gregg45

    wow, i think i made it,,, hillary 4 the right reason...north carolina 4 hillary

    April 11, 2008 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  22. kirt

    What we have seen from Obama is his arrogance and lies. He' has no originality, His words just came from his thick lips and may not even came from his head but from someone which is his attitude of copying. His far from the positin tht he is longingfor, He's a fake guy an impostor who just want to pretend to be a good guy which in fact a reverse from the attitude that he is showing to the public. His Character is so far to be a good leader. We can't blame people who will vote for Mac Cain if he's th nominee, people had lots of observation about th pretentious arrogant guy!

    April 11, 2008 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  23. Audrey

    No...we like to hear you talk. You have inspired me in this campaign more than I have been in a while.

    Go Obama!!!

    April 11, 2008 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  24. Jill

    Go to Politifacts. com and see who tells the biggest whoppers.
    This is non news. I lived through the last Clinton Presidency and it was very destructive. It would be very hard to see the Country elect the Clintons again, been there, done that.

    April 11, 2008 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  25. Bruce

    Unbelievable. It amazes me that anyone can be so hard over for a Political Party. When is America going to realize that this is not a high school popularity contest. This is the election of the President of the United States. You need to dump the Party and vote for what's best.

    Hillary and Obama have already promised these great changes. That's how the Democratic Party took control of Congress in 2006. What have they accomplished?? Nothing except to move the bigger pork to Democratic earmarks. We've heard their promises before and neither has delivered.

    If McCain wins, at least we won't have one party controlling both the legislative and executive branches. Some form of checks and balances is certainly needed. Just remember, a Democratic Congress coupled with a Democratic President is the combination that ruined the Social Security TRUST by changing the law to divert the money to the general fund so that they could pork it away.

    April 11, 2008 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
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