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. Obama the Deceiver


    July 29, 2008 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  2. Anonymous

    Intelligence and judgment vs stupidity and experience= Obama vs McCain..

    July 29, 2008 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  3. Anonymous


    July 29, 2008 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  4. Tejano

    I will take those odds any day. McCain in a landslide.
    Substance over fluff wins every time.

    July 29, 2008 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  5. Anonymous


    July 29, 2008 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  6. Nia Hussein - Phoenix, AZ

    Obama supporters...we can't take this news for granted we still have ALOT of work ahead of us for the next few months.OOIS!! – Operation Obama Information saturation!! Familuraize yourselves with his voting record, positions and how he plans on leading this country for the next four years. Information is our power...Lets be, "On fire and ready to go!!"

    July 29, 2008 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  7. Niky

    Best of luck Obama... I hope you win.

    July 29, 2008 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  8. Reality Check

    Why is this news? Sounds like fund raising to me. Impartial media?

    July 29, 2008 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  9. Joe from NC

    Before everyone goes on about how arrogant and presumptuous this is, remember Bush wouldn't even discuss the possibility that he might lose in the 2004 presidential debates.

    July 29, 2008 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  10. Pollyanna

    If BO would just go ahead and do the deed, all of North America and Europe could breathe again. Surely he and you must know that appointing Hillary as VeeP is the best and only way to guarantee his success both electorilly and in office.

    July 29, 2008 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  11. Doris,Memphis,TN

    That right Barack, believe in yourself!
    You are going to win. You are not arrogant.
    JUST GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 29, 2008 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  12. john williams san diego, ca.

    hosanna-you are truly the messiah-peace for 10,000 years..

    July 29, 2008 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  13. Art Duhame

    As a Canadian, I feel that the US just does not get it. Omama wants to open NAFTA, which will allow Canadians to pull out of the North Americam energy security agreement. He is going to pull out of Iraq
    and leave the oil fields for others, while talking about reducing the price of gas in the USA.

    You got to be kidding, right!!!

    July 29, 2008 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  14. Moe, NY

    Yes Obama...your odds of winning are overwhelming....and I, for one, am voting for you. Just a word of caution....please...select Hillary for your VP....you will need honest feedback....not YES people, but a person who can, and will, tell it like it is. The two of you together will rule! You would be untouchables...as far as winning the GE.

    July 29, 2008 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  15. Richardson for V.P

    For anyone who's watched this race, I mean truly watched this race putting aside all racist, bigoted views, it would be hard pressed to find an eaiser choice than barack obama. John mccain is a laughable opponent. With all of his gaffes: forgetful grandpa moments, botchng info pretaining to Iraq, Iran, and Pakistan. HIs stance on Roe v Wade, Affirmative Action. His lack of understanding on the Economy etc, etc....The list goes on and on. Then we see Barack looking like one of the greatest presidential candidates in 40 years, making us look good abroad, bringing people together, smart, intellegent, not forgetfull 99.9 percent of the time, kind, temperate, strong, and we critisize him over every thing he does. He's got the media vetting him by bashing everything he does, we got the repubs bashing him, and we even have hillibots who are still pouting over the fact that hillary blew it bashing him. The whole world loves Barack, but "some" in america still can't fathom the idea of having a black president, so once again we may have to settle for "billy bob" because "they" don't want any admiration going to anyone but them. The problem is this. A selected few have always picked our leaders, and until that selected few becomes fewer, we'll have close elections like this when they shouldn't even be in the ball park. OPEN YOUR STUPID EYES "FEW" AND VOTE FOR THE OBVIOUS PICK"! DON'T BE STUPID LIKE YOUV'VE ALWAYS BEEN AROUND THIS TIME, AND VOTE FOR SOMEONE WHO'LL DO GOOD FOR THIS COUNTRY.

    July 29, 2008 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  16. Carl from MI

    I wonder what the Vegas odds are on him winning... McCain is obviously the long shot!! You can probably get 100:1 odds on McSame. You can probably even get odds on Dubya figuring out a way to squeak out a third term.

    Best to put your money on Obama... he's a sure thing!!

    July 29, 2008 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  17. Jonnny W

    He has every reason to be optimistic, The days of the republicans in the white house are over for a long time. Like with Bob Dole, the Republicans have given the year they know they have no chance of winning to the old guy who means well but just doesnt have the energy to run a competitive campaign, Mcain knows he has no chance. OBAMA 08/12 !!

    July 29, 2008 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  18. Former GOP for Obama

    I will agree with that headline. I feel very good for the people of the United States.
    We WILL have a president we can trust and believe in and the rest of the world will love us as well.

    Thank you for the hope you have given us.
    at the end of the day sometimes hope is all you have to hold on to!

    July 29, 2008 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  19. Chris in CA

    I love what I see and what this country desperately needs is hope and excitement and pride in its president. This country needs Barack Obama.

    July 29, 2008 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  20. chad

    you would have to be on drugs to vote republican after the last 8 years

    July 29, 2008 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  21. Donah

    So, some heads are listening to his comments, proposals..... I'm not so sure they'll respond in his favor..... I wonder what if Hillary and Bill would be there and not BO .....!! Donah////

    July 29, 2008 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  22. Marj,Paso Robles, Cal

    I won't vote for you, BO.

    July 29, 2008 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  23. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    Al Gore and John Kerry were winning by the polls and look what happened. Until voters go into that both and select their choice no one can say who is winning. Obama may think he is winning. As far as fund raising how many of these bundlers are lobbyist in sheeps clothing and his special interest, lawyers, unions, and radical enviromentalist can call themselves individual but they are still doing the donating as a group for their own special interest access.

    July 29, 2008 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  24. Josh

    Let's not get too cocky, it is still a long road to November.

    Obama '08

    July 29, 2008 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  25. Edith Arkansas

    Calling on Presidential Candidate Barack Obama Supporters who have not yet been involved in helping to get Obama Elected pick up some voter registration forms and register 10-20 new voters. usually some forms would be in all postoffices and libraries. If supporters throughout the United States would do just that much it will help to put Obama over the top in November 4 08 register family members and friends, strangers. many public markets will allow you to set up a table on the storefront sidewalk or walk the block in your neighborhood during the day. Great excercise.

    July 29, 2008 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
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