July 28th, 2008
09:33 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama: Odds of winning are very good

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ARLINGTON, Virginia (CNN) – Barack Obama told donors at a Monday night fundraiser just across the Potomac River from Washington that “the odds of us winning are very good."

Obama was reflecting on how far the campaign had come since its early days when, “Let’s face it, there weren’t too many of y’all who thought we were going to pull this off,” he said to laughter.

“What I knew and I think those who joined us early knew was that this was a moment for change, this was a moment for big ideas and really trying to push the envelope,” said Obama. “And people have responded all across the country. We are now in a position where the odds of us winning are very good. But it’s still going to be difficult.”

The Illinois senator spoke to a dinner of about 40 people, each of whom was expected to raise $114,000. After thanking his hosts, he opened by talking about last week’s trip to the Middle East and Europe and “the enormous hunger for American leadership.”

He segued from the importance of strong international relations to domestic issues, commenting briefly on his early afternoon roundtable with top economic advisers including Warren Buffett (by speakerphone), former Fed chairman Paul Volcker and Google CEO Eric Schmidt.

“Almost uniformly people said the crisis we’re in right now, the difficulties we’re in right now are as significant and as severe as they’ve seen in a very long time and we’re not going to be able to work our way out of it overnight.”

“Rather than succumb to pessimism we’ve got to think about how we take the problems that we’re having right now and turn them into opportunities,” he added.

Closing his brief remarks, Obama addressed the reason he hasn’t seen a surge in the polls following extensive coverage of his overseas trip, arguing that voters are still sizing him up and that his candidacy is "new for them, new for us as a country."

“This is going to be a close election for a long time because I’m new on the national scene and people sort of like what they see but they’re still not sure,” he concluded.

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soundoff (83 Responses)
  1. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    YOU ROCK !!!!

    July 28, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  2. David Goldman for OBAMA



    July 28, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  3. Yes Virgin, you can be too old to be president

    The one thing Obama forgets is that only two things are infinite: The universe and human stupidity...they are not sure about the first one. People, especially in this country, will vote for continued bad economics and foreign policy for a variety of bad reasons. Gay marriage for example. The odds might be very good for Obama to win but don't count out dumb people everywhere just waiting to vote for the candidate who will give them another tax refund. Wing ding diddly dang, we're gettin' tickets to NASCAR!!

    July 28, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  4. Roger from CA

    The polling is giving me a headache. Somehow Gallup conducts two polls on the exact same days coming up with dramatically different results (one with Obama up by 8%, the other with McCain up by 4%). I hope the public isn't buying in to all of McCain's slanders.

    July 28, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  5. RJ, CA

    Obama: “This is going to be a close election for a long time because I’m new on the national scene and people sort of like what they see but they’re still not sure,” he concluded.
    Actually, Obama, you've been shoved down our throats minute by minute for nearly a year, so there's really no longer anything "new" about you. And most people really do NOT like what they see - I know you want to "fake it 'til you make it" with comments such as these - but people are becoming increasingly sure that they don't like what they see - so get over yourself already!

    The last time I had to endure smirking arrogance such as yours, its name was George Bush.

    July 28, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |



    July 28, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  7. Charles Hussein, Memphis

    Yes we can!

    July 28, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  8. Ula Nejad- Sacramento Ca

    People want change. But not the kind of change Obama thinks he can offer. He has to stand as President in Kenya to understand what it means to be independent. I don't think he gets it. America is as old, as experienced then the oldest to be President can ever be. She does not need some johnny come lately to tell her what to do. She has strong allies who had breakfast with him, had jovial conversations with, gave him the royal treatment of a rock star. The only thing they could not give him was money for his Presidential campaign.

    July 28, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  9. Devon Jackson

    Well this was a very informative article and I as a 13 year old African American man I clearly believe that Senator Barack Obama"s odds of winning are high. Barack Obama is clearly the person that should be the next president of the United States. He certainly has my vote!

    July 28, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  10. B.Hawkins

    This is a very intelligent man. I would bet on his campaign against McCains in a minute. In fact smart money INTRADE quotes has him as the projected winner63.2 to 32.5. His brillant orgainization upset the Clinton machine and left it 24million in the red. McCain's campaign is no Hillary. It's not even close. McCain is losing the Electoral College Map 322-216. To put that in further perspective if Obama lost in KY,TN,WV,MS,AL,LA,and AR states with a conbined 54 Electoral votes he would still have more votes by winning California with it's 55. He is leading in Calfinoria by 18 points.If he also lost MT,ID,WY,ND,SD,NE,KS,UT,AZ and SC his Electoral total would not change. Obama leads in NY with 31 votes by 19 points and in IL with 21 votes by 20 points for a total of 52 Electoral votes.

    McCain has a lot of work to do. His feeble campaign has a lot of work to do. Granted it's a marathon but in this maraton smart money is on 46 year old guy. The 72 year old guy -NOT

    July 28, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  11. bk

    As long as the media keeps letting Obama get by with reading every word he says the arrogant inexperienced man will keep fooling people. Some of us see Obama for what he really is an empty suit with a prepared speech.

    July 28, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  12. aware

    Pride comes B4 a fall! 🙂 And, Obama is the most arrogant, egomaniac around!

    The USA Today/Gallup poll has McCain leading Obama by four points, 49 percent to Obama's 45 percent, among likely voters.

    Obama will lose big time!

    McCain 08, the candidate with character and integrity! 🙂

    July 28, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  13. maureen

    I hope Obam will win this election.
    McCain is such a lier, always telling lies on Obama.
    He says he is with the troops, and Obama is not, but is was McCain that voted and sent these youg soldiers to a war that should not have been.

    McCain was taunting Obama, that he have not experience in over seas.
    Obama goes over seas, and get a very good reception. McCain hated that, because he did not received such a reception.

    McCain acts like a 3 year old when they are not being paid a lot of attention, so he makes up stories to turn the public away from Obama, with his terrible lies.
    McCain travelled over seas too, so why his he not mentioning that?

    July 28, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  14. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    It's not arrogance, it's not being cocky, it's not being presumptuous. It's called revving up your base of supporters.
    Had he said this while overseas, or to a general audience, then yes. This would be rather "bold" of him.
    But speaking to people who have money in their pockets that you're trying to get and telling them your odds are very good are really no different than a screenwriter asking a producer (probably not the right title but you should get the point) to invest in his/her movie.
    Or, even a major corporation on a financials conference call saying how well their product line is being received (and therefore people should invest more into the company).
    So, before people really get it twisted, he's revving his audience up to make sure they continue to support his candidacy.

    July 29, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  15. nancy

    Do tell, Mr. President!

    OBAMA 08

    July 29, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  16. DanielleG

    chances are good is an understatement obama!
    it's in the bag! Keep your head to the sky! especially if McCain picks Romeny!

    July 29, 2008 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  17. NOBAMA

    I sure hope america wakes up and does not vote for this empty suit who is totally unqualified and comes from a very questionable background...

    July 29, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  18. Kevin,FL

    Over Confident Much? I think so, wasn't a Fellow by the name of John Kerry one time said the odds where very good, what happen to him, he's not the 44th president!

    July 29, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  19. Lisa

    You will not win without Hillary on the ticket!!

    July 29, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  20. DMAC in ID

    Obama ego trip number ??? to many to count.
    Look at the smirk, he acts so cock sure of himself,makes me sick.
    Be careful what you vote for you might not like what you get.

    July 29, 2008 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  21. Gary Chandler in Canada

    Huckabee's simplified, fair tax plan would be a big help for the American economy; not that it is 'his' plan; it has been proposed for decades.

    July 29, 2008 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  22. gp

    Let be clear "exstensive coverage" was there not out of love but hunger to finde his failour. But not this time , so that why all of a suden everybody pist off. Including McSame -who can cry together with Hilary how sexisam is ruining them..!!!!!! Hi people this gay is terific .You can hide him in coubord, not report abour him , try something else-sexisam.....he is briliant you can't take that from him. He has it , wether Americans will be enough smart to benefit from it we will see. Or they rather enyoy listening McSame reapiting only story he has about surge from grocery store????God have mercy on us and world.

    July 29, 2008 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  23. JustSayNoDeal.com

    Not if we can help it.

    NOPE to the DNC picking our choice for us...
    NOPE to the Obama THUGS at the caucuses...
    NOPE to the old gray haired guys Kerry and Kennedy.

    McCain '08 for Clinton '12

    July 29, 2008 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  24. Mike - Texas

    Yes they are!

    July 29, 2008 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  25. Martha Hussein Baker for Barack

    We love what we see and hear. So does the rest of the world.


    OBAMA "08

    July 29, 2008 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
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