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. Thozman

    Obama as president, will cause a racial divide unlike anything we've ever seen in this country.
    If you think the civil rights days were bad just wait and see what's in store for you.
    Poor naive kids.

    April 10, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |

    Hey hello, I love to hear you talk .
    If you talk to people they understood and follow.

    We can't be silence now, this is the time the country need you to talk to them than ever before.
    You are the only one who is new and people believe can change washington business as usual.

    Obama say no to those who say you talk too much because no ONE can't silent the voice that matters.

    Your speeches as made a big difference in the race for the white house.
    Thank God you ran and gave people choices to choose from.


    even youtube kids knows your name Obama obama

    April 10, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  3. Harvard Alumni for Obama

    I wish HRC would take a vow of silence! Seriously, I mute the TV or turn the channel when she's on.

    Obama though.... I love hearing an brilliant, straight forward, charismatic person talk. Keep on doing what you do best! We love your honesty, your humor and intelligence!

    Obama '08

    April 10, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  4. John from Las Vegas

    This isn't news....so Obama's been campaigning a lot and he's tired...well duh! Leave the guy alone.

    Next year he's going to be giving State of the Union speaches.

    OBAMA '08........PEACE '09

    April 10, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  5. Isaac

    I also would like to stop hearing you say, as I heard yesterday, that you would love to get on with it and have a great debate with a great patriot like John McCain.

    I am almost too tired to point out the problem here... But... didn't Bill Clinton say almost exactly the same thing? And didn't Hillary get resoundedly criticized over and over again for ignoring Barack in those comments and thus implying that he was not a worthy patriot?

    Why does the media continue to push the hypocrisy and the double-standard that is occuring daily in these campaigns!!!!!

    April 10, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  6. KOR

    Sounds like a plan to me. Then we could judge him on his actions...er, maybe not....

    April 10, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  7. Hooray for Hillary

    YEAH! The FIRST ORIGINAL thing the empty suit has said, and I TOTALLY AGREE!

    Time to shut that big stupid racist yap of yours (we're all so tired of the change, hope, unity, ummmm, Michelle, can you bring a few more typical white folks to stand behind me – it gets me votes, I think – just keep typical white grandma to a subliminal sound bite – also, Michelle, I need a few American flags behind me so people can see I'm not REALLY anti-American despite all the speeches I heard in my hate-filled anti-American racist church for the last 20 years),

    .....and while you're at it Obanana, why don't you shut up your big-mouth racist preacher and your big-mouth racist wife?????

    April 10, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  8. Paul Lennon

    Anyone notice the new poll showing Obama losing to McCain
    while Hillary is leading Senator McCain by 7 points

    But all you Obama supporters will have to find out the hard way.

    You cant hide the phantom forever, he can't stand the light of day

    April 10, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  9. Republican for Obama

    What is happening in our country is troubling. War, Resession,Health insurance, Oil. The goverment as it is today has prooven that it cannot handle these real problems we are faceing. Lobyists and other special intrests are running our goverment. Obama is a risk because we realy don't know him, but sometimes great change takes great risk. I am ready to see someone realy attempt change, if he can acomplish just half of what he tell us he will do, we the people win !

    April 10, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  10. silly

    This guy is just too ridiculous

    April 10, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  11. promise?

    I wish he would keep that promise.

    I am really tired of the sound of him blowing his own horn.

    He is an evil man.

    April 10, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  12. Lisa

    I wish Hillary would take a vow of silence. Thank goodness for the mute button on the remote.

    April 10, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  13. okay

    Good... now just shut up.

    You are all spin and hype.

    No one with a single living, thriving brain cell believes you are what you pretend to be.

    April 10, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  14. Indiana Voter

    Senator Obama does not need a vow of silence in our home. I hit the mute button on the remote control. I used to call it the "Bush Button" but now the mute button belongs to the junior senator next door and is called the "Obama Button." FYI: I was on the phone all afternoon for my candidate at a phone bank in anticipation of the May 6th primary. I spoke with a lot of Hoosiers downstate and they were split about fifty-fifty for McCain and Clinton. I did not encounter anyone considering Obama.

    April 10, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  15. Disenfranchised Voter

    Let me know if Obama ever says anything worth hearing. Yadda Yadda. "Change, Change, Change." Yup, congress is just going to fall on it's knees when he waltzs down Pennsylvania avenue and give him everything he wants.


    April 10, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  16. David

    I would believe him if he spoke in anything but platitudes. Over a year on the campaign trail and his voters still don't know what he stands for.

    April 10, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  17. BK

    Obama can talk and explain to us why Michelle Obama ask for more "White People" to stand behind her while she gave a speech yesterday. Lou Dobbs reported it last night. This woman has more nerve than anyone I have ever seen. Maybe some of the white Obama supporters will get a chance to stand behind Michelle one day. Unbelieveable!!!!!

    April 10, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  18. Delaware

    Way to go Obama! Hillary Clinton keep telling us lied about NAFTA like we forget that she was behind Bill during all those NAFTA meeting supporting him. Now that she want to be elected, she telling us that she opposed NAFTA. Come Hillary Clinton stop lying.
    Also she keeps lying about her experience, what kind of experience that Hillary has that Obama does not have? Has she been president before? no! neither is Obama. Madamme Hillary your age does not qualify you as a president or give you any experience as a president unless you have been president before. This go for John McCain also. His age does not qualify him as a president or gives him any experience as one. If you want to talk about havimg experience as a president, George Bush, and Bill Clinton can say so because they have been president before. When it come to experience, Hillary, Obama, and McCain have the same experience but Obama has better judgment. We need a president with good judgment that can do things with our ally not to isolate us and give us more ennemies around the world.

    April 10, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |


    April 10, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |

    The reason he doesn't care to "talk"??
    Because he is an ACTION man!!!
    He doesn't spin, twist or lie to us...unlike Clinton.
    He shoots straight from the hip!!
    He isn't politically corrupt like the Clintons.....he actually cares about this country and NOT himself or how he comes off.
    His actions speak louder than words....and it will be like that when he is our President too!!
    Clinton thinks we're all fools.....and that we believe she actually cares about us who have lost our jobs......while she and Bill are raking in MILLIONS, partly earned from giving PRO NAFTA speeches.

    April 10, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  21. Grif

    There ain't a Zip , big enough for you're Mouth Mr...

    April 10, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  22. sheep

    If you silenced yourself... what would all the sheep who hang on your every and ever changing words do?

    Me... I wish you would shut up- you are like a broken record repeating your own praises. I never did like a braggart and a cheat.

    The savior cometh. Bow down all you little people

    April 10, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  23. Chy

    The guy is humble.

    And for all the haters who label words of motivation, positivity, power and change as "hot air," it's pretty sad, because Obama's fund-raising, leadership and extraordinarily organized campaign speaks for itself.

    Say what you want about this leader, but unfortunately, you and your negativity towards him, will be the true hot air.

    Obama, Obama, Obama: GO Champion! You make us proud beyond imagination–and unlike your running mates, you don't have a scary ego to go with it. You're a star, and the world can't wait till you show these hates what it means to shine!!!

    April 10, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  24. Pro-Democracy

    Close your eyes and picture the debate of all debates! Picture Hillary standing next to McCain and now picture Obama next to McCain. Now listen as they give their opening comments regarding the future of this country. Who is best suited to bring this country together? Who is best suited to bring grace and dignity back to the White House?, Who is a person first and politician second? Embrace change and be part of this wonderful historic moment, Vote Obama the next President of the greatest country in the world.

    April 10, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  25. A&A

    hey...listen silent BO...Hillary just got 3 more superdelegates today..the media is as silent as u pretend to wish to be!!!...again the media darling gets no news turned into news

    April 10, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
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