October 16th, 2010
05:11 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama stumps in Massachusetts

(CNN) - Incumbent Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick received some help Saturday from the most powerful Democrat in the country: President Barack Obama.

"The reason I came today isn't just because Deval has been there for me as a friend, but because he continues to inspire me as a leader at a time when too many folks bow to the politics of the moment," Obama said at a campaign rally for Patrick in Boston. "He represents the politics of conscience and conviction in an age of too much cynicism."

Obama admitted that he's sometimes on his Blackberry backstage when he attends events for candidates, but "when Deval speaks, I listen."

The seemingly hoarse president spoke to the Massachusetts crowd about Patrick's election in 2006 and his own election in 2008, while Patrick tried to conjure up the same memories.

"Three years ago we worked hard to change the guard," Patrick said. "Now we have to work hard to guard the change."

The president was briefly interrupted when a group with banners that read, "keep the promise" and "fight global AIDS" began chanting. Their words were drowned out by the crowd yelling, "Four more years" and "Yes we can."

Obama responded to the disruption saying that if Republicans win in November they will "cut AIDS funding right here in Massachusetts and all across the world."

The president has crisscrossed the country to campaign for Democratic candidates ahead of the November midterm elections. After Saturday's rally, he appeared at a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee fundraiser outside Boston. The event, also attended by Massachusetts Democratic Sen. John Kerry and Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse was expected to raise $900,000 for Democratic candidates, according to a pool report.

On Sunday Obama will travel to Ohio with the first lady for several campaign events, including a Democratic National Committee rally at Ohio State University.

Later in the week, the president will travel to Oregon, Washington state, California, Nevada and Minnesota to stump for Democrats.

According to a recent poll, Patrick holds a seven-point advantage over Republican challenger Charlie Baker.

–CNN White House Correspondent Dan Lothian contributed to this report

Filed under: 2010 • Deval Patrick • Massachusetts • President Obama
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Love our President Obama and Family.

    October 16, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  2. the real ib

    All this president thinks about is campaigning. I wonder how much of the bill the taxpayers are picking up. The DNC can say they are paying for it but who is paying for the plane carrying his lemo and his staff and security that has to go with him?? I bet it's not the DNC.

    October 16, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  3. southern cousin

    Too, funny. He listens to Deval Patrick but won't listen to the taxpayers. I guess they must be partners in the crimes against citizens that Obama is perpetrating. And then the line about AIDS, Geroge Bush provided more funding than anyone. I guess when you get on a tear on lying to the public, and you are hysterical with fear, you just can't stop making a fool of yourelft. Especially when you are a slimy, corrupt, inept, incompetent, union toady, like this loser president.

    October 16, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  4. Talisker

    Attendees were very happy to support the Governor's and the President's efforts.
    The Party of NO has to go! Either bring something to the table for the good of all Americans, or step aside and give it up. They look the fool.
    Most could neither see nor hear what the hecklers' concern was. I respect any person's interest in furthuring their cause and I wish them luck with their goals.

    October 16, 2010 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  5. maria g ortiz

    President Obama willl win..We Democrats willl continue the fight for a better world

    October 16, 2010 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  6. King

    The repugs and baggers want to extend 10 years of disasterous tax break to the rich and cut mainstreet demand money. Then the rich wont get any demand from mainstreet so theyll get demand from over seas keeping mainstreet out of the loop and with less tax money going to the gov theyll stock pile trillions on the sideline and in their pockets again . Obama have to tax the rich to get the money off the sideline and into the economy to creat demand and jobs over in mainstreet rather than demand and jobs in china and india then leave mainstreet out the loop again like two years ago.

    October 16, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  7. Summer Kelley

    More proof that Obama is a politician, not a leader. He should be creating jobs and fixing the economy, not campaigning! This is embarrassing.

    October 16, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |

    Im belived that obama are not power cause he have problems too much for 2 year so impeach out of him as soon

    October 16, 2010 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  9. Kenneth Close

    How much did this cost the unemployed former Taxpayer Mr. President #1

    October 16, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  10. Hugo

    Headline should read "Obama bends Massachusetts tax payers over a stump."

    October 16, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  11. Kesey

    Librals are running for air.

    October 16, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  12. Zonk3907840

    Poor guy will LOSE now for sure....

    October 16, 2010 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  13. ohhiya

    Guys, i need someone to root for. Let me come and help yall out...
    ... crickets chirping...
    (from the back of the room) I have about a ten point lead in my district Mr. President, you couldn't do no harm there.

    October 16, 2010 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  14. RightRurnClyde

    A long way to go? (Where are you going Mr. Messiah?) Does anybody still believe this ding-a-ling is going anywhere? The economy will get worse and w3orse and worse .. that's where. The war in Afghanistan will still be going on 25 years from now. (125 years from now ... 1125 years from now) .. the American dollar will crash (more), thousands of homes will foreclose (without jobs to pay for them), medical care will be a bureaucratic morass (and he'll be laughing in his Presidential library at the fools who gave it to him)

    October 16, 2010 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  15. barry

    No you can't and he isn't getting 4 more years. Now Hillary on the other hand is a different story. Come on Hillary run against this loser and get us out of this mess.

    October 16, 2010 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  16. jack

    four more years ? america will be bankrupt. say so long to freedom, hello third world economy

    October 16, 2010 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  17. James Horton

    There is nothing cynical thinking you're a terrible President Barack.

    Shall we start with Massachusetts universal health care accounting trick? Before your precious health care reform, you could enroll any time. Now, thanks to mandatory expanded coverage, there are only two annual windows, the next being January 2011.

    That means the uninsured like me are shit out of luck until then.

    Keep your change. You'll need it when Americans send you and your family back to Chicago in a couple of years for malpractice on this scale.

    October 16, 2010 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  18. BaderBob

    Hopefully, they both go down in flames together

    October 16, 2010 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  19. stufthis

    I wonder why Bush and Cheney are not out campaigning for the bagger culture of corruption candidates.

    October 16, 2010 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  20. Tanya

    The bailout saved the economy from collapse, the stimulus package prevented another Great Depression according to economists, and health reform is already keeping health ensurers from dumping people who get sick. Insurance companies will not cover sick people and people with pre-existing conditions unless they get a flood of new healthy customers to spread the risk.

    October 16, 2010 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  21. MZROSE58

    It never ceases to amaze me, the utter disrespect, for our President. There is an element group of racist, who can't sleep at night knowing that the white house is being occupied by blacks. Get over it aleady he won, you lost. Move on do something constructive. Let go of the hate. Iam a middle class I know he's looking out for my best intrest, but racist middle class people would ratther vote against him, even in areas they would benefit simply because he's black. That is insane. You hypocrites, you will be the first one's in line for whatever he passes that benefits you. We won't tell anyone your secret is safe with me.

    October 16, 2010 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  22. Jellyfishdude

    Bush was the leader of fighting AIDS worldwide. Obama hasn't done anything close to comparison.

    October 16, 2010 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  23. clr

    lol – the loser is even being heckled by the left now..

    October 16, 2010 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  24. Joan Adams

    I was honored to be there in Boston while the Presadent spoke today for Deviol patrick. And I hope he wins. Joan Adams

    October 17, 2010 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  25. mechatronics

    Lets see he spent two years of his senate term campaigning and politicking and now he's spending two years of his presidency campaigning for others. Are you going to spend any time doing your job of being president during this term or is that why you claim you'll need two to clean up the mess?

    October 17, 2010 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
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