July 27th, 2010
09:00 AM ET
12 years ago

This day in Ticker history: Country will look at itself differently the day I'm inaugurated, Obama says

Editor's Note: The following story appeared on the CNN Political Ticker on July 27, 2007.

(CNN ) – Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama says the nation will look at itself differently the day he is inaugurated as America’s first black president.

Obama was addressing the National Urban League Convention’s presidential forum in St. Louis when he was asked what he could do to stop racial polarization in the U.S. Holding up his hand like he was taking the oath, the Illinois senator said, “The day I’m inaugurated, the country looks at itself differently. And don’t underestimate that power. Don’t underestimate that transformation.”

He told the crowd that endless high-minded discussions weren’t the answer to the problem. He said, “Here’s what I won’t do, because we do this all the time. I’m not going to set up a commission, and I’m not going to have a conversation, because we set those up with a lot of fanfare and there’s not any follow-up.”

Obama said that, as president, it would be more important to discuss specific issues as they come up “each and every day.”

- CNN Political Desk Managing Editor Steve Brusk

soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. seebofubar

    Actually, Obama, it took a little more than a day for us to understand how stupid we were for electing the worst president in history. I thought Carter and Bush were bad but you make them look like geniuses. Never again!

    July 27, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  2. mj

    Boy, did he misspoke! The Nation, however, is looking at itself differently - We are wondering how we let this man take over our lives and bury us in debt. No commissions? No fanfare? No conversation? I'm sure his last words on earth will be "Bush is responsible".

    July 27, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  3. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    I will admit that maybe 60% of this country has moved forward, 30% stayed the same and, 10% thinks it is the 60's all over again.

    Why can't people be nicer to each other?
    G-D, help us.

    July 27, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  4. Keith in Austin

    Well Barry Soetoro got that one right! Americans are now shaking their heads and asking WHAT HAPPENED to our Country since this Bozo got elected!

    July 27, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  5. FM

    Myself I do realise the President has a wide vision. It is true the day he was inaugurated not only the nation looked differently, it was also the entire world. It is also true having a dialogue about race doesn't make sense if people do not stick to it. Its like the way we blog as the day goes by, and no one makes a follow up of what we blogged on!

    July 27, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  6. Liam

    Yeah we look different. We have 3 times and the debt, have lost 3.5 million private sector jobs and added 400,000 govenment jobs since the community organizer took office. On top of that if you question anyone of color you are labeled a racist now so it has not changed the country. We crossed a needed barrier but the President has not led us to a better place.

    July 27, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  7. Baby Boomer

    President Obama was right. We do look at the country differently. Unfortunately, not in the way he had hoped. What many of us in the African American community have found out is that there is far more hatred in the United States than we thought still existed. We had high hopes for a society and a congress that would work together to solve some of our hugh problems. Instead, we got a Republican party that votes NO on nearly everything, state talking about secedong from the union and the Tea Party vowing to take "THEIR" country back from somebody... I wish things had turned out the way President Obama hoped but clearly that is not the case. Pity. I really thought we were better than this...

    July 27, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  8. snow

    The one time nobummer was right. We do look at this country differently now than when he was sworn in and we do not like the change. We need change alright and that change is to return to the constitution. FOUR AND NO MORE for nobummer.

    July 27, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  9. Anonymous

    Monday morning quarterback is always easy to do..... unless you saw this train wreck coming. Then it's just frustrating knowing so many were blind sheep and didn't see the obvious. If only the media hadn't put the blindfold over the eyes of so many.

    July 27, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  10. Daniel

    Monday morning quarterback is always easy to do..... unless you saw this train wreck coming. Then it's just frustrating knowing so many were blind sheep and didn't see the obvious. If only the media hadn't put the blindfold over the eyes of so many.

    July 27, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  11. jeff jackson, alabama

    And then he picks up where all other
    Presidents have left off and it's same
    ole same ole. More partisanship and
    no change at all.
    That's why I say if you can't trust any of
    them anyway then just vote for Palin.
    At least she's hot . Who cares what she
    says ? You can't believe the ugly ones

    July 27, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  12. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Yeah, the nation now looks at itself, on one side, as a horde of whining losers, forever after more government freebies and blindly following their Fearful Leader, Obama, versus, on the other side, those of us from whom outrageous taxes are extorted to pay for all those freebies.

    July 27, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  13. William A. Schaedler

    I don.t care what this guy said or what he says now. To me he is not presidential material and never will be. He better start thinking about what he will do after January 20, 2013 because he will be evicted and without a job courtesy of the American voter.

    July 27, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  14. rachel

    Yeah he made himself the one.. to heal all wounds and we are more divided than ever.

    July 27, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  15. Jerry

    The country looks very different since democrats took over
    January 3rd, 2007 was the day the Democrats took over the Senate and the Congress: At the time:
    The DOW Jones closed at 12,621.77
    The GDP for the previous quarter was 3.5%
    The Unemployment rate was 4.6%
    George Bush's Economic policies SET A RECORD of 52 STRAIGHT MONTHS of JOB CREATION!
    Remember the day...
    January 3rd, 2007 was the day that Barney Frank took over the House Financial Services Committee and Chris Dodd took over the Senate Banking Committee.
    The economic meltdown that happened 15 months later was in what part of the economy?

    July 27, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
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