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. carmen

    Better his talking than her laughing, now and forever

    April 10, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  2. Katy

    I have an idea Obama. Why don't you show up to vote in the senate, why don't you do the job you have? So so many "no votes" on national security issues. Pity your supporters are so blind to your inadequacies. You are quite indecisive, not a good trait for a US president.

    April 10, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  3. Sean

    To "jdona", the first post – Why should Obama step down when he's the front-runner? You may be sick of him, but most of us out here think he's got a lot to offer.

    And to "Jeff Spangler", the second post – Obama HAS outlined his positions and policies on virtually every subject that's come up. We heard his thoughts on Iraq in a detailed speech he gave as well as in his recent questioning of Petreus. We've heard about his health care plans in numerous debates. We've heard where he stands on immigration in debates as well. We've also heard all about his economic plans in recent weeks at the same time that we heard from all three candidates about their plans. We've heard where he stands on pretty much every subject that's been raised....race, the housing crisis, same sex marriage, spousal abuse, the environment, his plan to reward volunteer work with tuition credits, everything. Honestly, if you don't know what the specifics of Obama's positions are at this point, then you simply haven't been listening...so don't blame your lack of awareness on anyone but yourself.

    April 10, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  4. Doug in Orlando, Fla

    Don't worry Obama, after all the clintonites vote for mccain in nov you won't have to speak again...and the american ppl probably won't hear from ya. Maybe you and your preacher both should take vows of silence.

    April 10, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  5. Skipper

    Let me know if he EVER says anything worth hearing!!!

    April 10, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  6. honkey white guy from cali

    keep up the leadership soon to be Mr President

    April 10, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  7. Lesley, Bronx, NY

    Why is this part of a speech made into a whole story. Why do you insist on isolating phrases and making them into something they are not.

    Barack, keep at it. We'd rather let Hillary take the vow.

    OBAMA '08!!!

    April 10, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  8. Londoner

    In and with Obama,the world sees hope for a return on the world stage of the respectful america as it once was.After electing a retarded Bush twice,one could only hope,pray and wait for america to finally make the right choice:Hillary is in it just for the lobbyists and the world knows her as a liar.McCain is just a coward who found pride in bombing innocent vietcongs from thousands feet above and flying away as quickly as he came;a modern type hero in modern america!!!

    April 10, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  9. Mary

    In response to L Daniel's comment about Obama's visionary foretelling of the mortgage crisis:

    WASHINGTON, DC - On the heels of reports that the housing market experienced its worst sales-month in 18 years and foreclosures are up 47% compared to last year, Senators Barack Obama (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today reintroduced the STOP FRAUD Act, legislation that combats mortgage fraud and abuse. In less than five years, there has been a 137 percent increase in the number of cases of mortgage fraud and abuse being investigated by the FBI.

    April 10, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  10. Patriot

    Change, Change, Change, is what we will have in our pockets instead of dollars when you get done with the economy.

    April 10, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  11. Al

    jdona, are you ignorant, arrogant, or both? Obama leads in every category, but you ask him to step aside. What a character you are!

    April 10, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  12. Listening

    How is it possible to say so much but say so little? The blank screen is alive and well. The Obama supporters are filling the blank screen with their hopes and wishes without really hearing Obama define his real intended changes. When will Obama clearly state what changes he intends to make so the voters can make an informed decision? I do not support Obama's gay rights position; is this for Larry Sinclair?

    April 10, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  13. Ilona Proud Canadian

    Please, Michael,

    We don't want Sen. Obama doing a night on the town for whatever reason with Sen. Clinton. Can you imagine the fallout? Hillary the Queen of liars would have a field day with this. It would be better to just let her fall flat on her face. Sen. Obama should not have to witness her shenanigans. But I do know how you feel!

    April 10, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  14. Connie IL

    Oh please, please take a vow of silence! It would be so nice to not her your constant twisting of facts, reiterating issues that Hillary has already introduced earlier, lying, stammering, stuttering, and whining about how you've been picked on. Please do us that favor.

    April 10, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  15. Cora Portland, Oregon

    Hang on in there, Barack, the darkest hour is just before dawn.

    Obama '08

    April 10, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  16. Swalker327

    this man is awesome - nothing like his politically bull-crappin' opponents - all they seem to want to do is talk a bunch of jive and collect money from PACS and lobbyists!


    April 10, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  17. Lucille

    Unbelievable! He knows nothing about the issues now he lets us know that he knows nothing about the job if he thinks that he can lock himself up in his office and sit by himself at a desk and solve the problems facing this country. He reminds me of a guy I worked with once that went to another company because they offered him the manager's position. He had very little experience. The people who worked for him were all experienced professionals. He locked himself in his office daily because he had no idea how to resolve problems or to lead his staff. He was just too inexperienced. He actually was scared to death to come out because he might give advise that would show his incompetency. Of course the people in his office complained about his lack of ability and he was let go. Oh my God it seems like deja vu!

    April 10, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  18. FactCheck

    At least every other word out of Obama's mouth isn't a blatant, incontrovertible, USDA approved, 100% lie... right Mrs. Clinton?

    April 10, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  19. Peter

    Wish he would take that vow now. Obama should go back o his senate office and work on trying to fix some real issues. But that might make to much sense because obviously Obama is for regressive policies so any problems he may fix will only be done trough typical leftist non-working ideas. He has been fishy since the beginning and continues to be secretive and slowly less reliable.

    April 10, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  20. Vig


    April 10, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  21. beverly

    well Obama lie Rev. Wright he never heard him say any thing against the usa his wife has the same views as Rev Wright then there is William Aryers the bomber from the 60s that is a close friend of Obamas and his wife then his close friend Rezko of Chicago and then Daley Of chicago just need to look up his friends that is his judgement. Think everyone should Know more about him maybe you might take acloser look at him. What he heard in church he has in the back of his mind hind sight 20 20.

    April 10, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  22. Julie Singh Oregon

    Please don't use the word "we" when you make statements such as that–unless, of course, you are going to sign your entry as being from you and another person, in which case "we" would be appropriate: but, you didn't, so lay off of the "we". Get it? I'm trying to tell you that you do NOT speak for me, nor for the majority of Democrats across this nation.

    April 10, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  23. Jama ohio

    Obama cant win without clinton votes. Step down Obama and Let Hillary beat The republicans.

    April 10, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  24. Mauri

    ...and we'd be just as happy as he is if he would just shut up and be quiet for awhile.

    April 10, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  25. Joel

    OH NO. Obama can't take a vow of silence. If he gave up speech, he would have no substance whatsoever.

    April 10, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
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