September 29th, 2010
05:35 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama retraces campaign steps to energize voters


4:50 p.m.
- President Barack Obama's outdoor venue in Richmond, Virginia, was washed out by heavy rain, so his "backyard discussion" was held indoors at the Southampton Recreation Association.

The Virginia stop capped a day of political rewind.

The president started in Iowa - where he kicked off his White House campaign in 2007 - and then came to Virginia, where on the eve of his historic election then-candidate Obama held a massive rally.

The president is traveling across the country ahead of the midterm elections, in an effort to promote his administration's accomplishments and energize voters, many of whom are frustrated and angry.

In an interview with CNN, senior adviser David Axelrod said, "Obviously this has been a jarring time for the country, and part of our job is to rally not just Democrats but to rally the country to move forward."

"The thing we can't afford is to move back to the same policies that created that disaster, and that's what this election is about," he added.

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  1. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Obama it is all about sticking with the basics that helped you defeat the Clinton machine. The OLD school deadbeat Dem's: Lincoln, Prior, Bayh, Nelson, Baucaus and company that care more about their Big $ Lobbyists and Corporations than the middle class ruined everything. The NEW Democrats need to stick with the OFA script and get rid of the lobbyists and stop selling-out the middle class to the Corporate fat cats.

    September 29, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  2. barry

    Retrace whatever Obama wants. The people who bought into the Hope and Change line are frustrated and ashamed they bought into the crap 2 years ago. He like the Democrats in the Senate and House are done. The difference he gets 2 more years before he gets shown the door. Senate and House Democrats get shown the door in a few days. What a bunch of losers.

    September 29, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  3. Jane

    Does this guy ever work? He is perpetually on the campaign trail bashing half the country - conservatives. The little time he does spend in Washington is either on the golf course or having some sort of party or concert. This is getting quite tiresome. I don't think I can recall a sitting President being this partisan and divisive in his comments. Who exactly paid for that Democratic campaign rally in Madison yesterday? How much did it cost taxpayers to fly him to Madison for more partisan campaigning and fundraising? Mr. Obama has been campaigning for the last couple of years. Winning the election did not stop the campaign and nasty comments. What an undignified and childish President we have.

    September 29, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  4. jim

    Actions speak louder than words and this is Obama's problem. He's had almost 2 years to demonstrate leadership and has failed at every attempt.Meanwhile the nation is stuck on a 9.6% unemploment rate and all he can do is blame Bush and the Republicans.The only people believing this nonsense is progreesive/ liberals who still believe that the earth is flat and that if you go to far you"ll fall off.He's sent an additional 60,000 troops to Afghanistan and turned a Nato led war into one led by the US. so he could thump his chest like he scored a winning basket on a basketball court.

    September 29, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  5. Right Leaning Independent

    Yawn... We have seen this act before and it did not end well... As a matter of fact we have to endure 2 more years of it.....

    September 29, 2010 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  6. New Age Independant

    Obama was elected because he promised change from the normal ways of politics. Republicans hadn't fared well in the delivery of their message, yet, to give them credit, things were much better than they are today. How many YEARS must go by before he stops campaigning and placing the blame on Republicans. Will he ever begin to fulfill his campaign promises? How long will it take until Obama accepts the responsibility of the office of the President? He and the Democrats have had complete control of the government, yet they have only shown us their greed and corruption. They have done more harm economically in two years than has any administration done over two terms. It is truly a time for change, and it wont be kind to Democrats.

    September 29, 2010 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |