Obama says reelection odds are better now than 2008
September 16th, 2011
05:21 AM ET
11 years ago

Obama says reelection odds are better now than 2008

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama believes that his odds of being reelected in 2012 are "much higher" than his odds were in the 2008 election.

The president spoke at a small campaign fundraiser in Washington, D.C. on Thursday night, where he sought to reassure donors and play down concerns of his weakness in the 2012 presidential race.

"Now, I know that, over the last couple of months, there have been Democrats who voiced concerns and nervousness about, well, in this kind of economy, isn't this just - aren't these just huge headwinds in terms of your reelection? Here's one thing I know for certain:

The odds of me being reelected are much higher than the odds of me being elected in the first place," the president said.

Obama said that the Republican Party offered a "fundamentally different version of where America should be," and that he was "very confident" that the country would side with him in 2012.

The fundraiser was held in the Georgetown residence of Elizabeth Frawley Bagley, the former U.S. Ambassador to Portugal.

Tickets were $35,800 per couple, of which $5,000 would go to Obama's reelection campaign and the rest to the Democratic National Committee.

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  1. T'sah from Virginia

    U GO BOY!!!!

    Obama/Biden 2012!!!

    September 16, 2011 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  2. John

    I guess at $35,800 per couple, would he wouldn't say otherwise.

    September 16, 2011 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  3. John, PA

    All Obama can run on is Hope, because his change is a FAILURE, look at the failures Obama and the Democrats in Congress have given the American people:
    Failure on the economy, unemployment increase of 50 % since 2007
    Failure on taxes, just look at you payroll check
    Failure on home foreclosure, home foreclosures rise by 75 percent since 2007
    Failure on a budget, no budget since 2008
    Failure on health care, what a disaster Obama care is
    Failure on price of gasoline, increase of 50 % since 2008
    Home sales, sales have fallen in four of the past five years, the worst showing in 13 years
    Down Grade of Americas Credit Rating for the first time
    Poverty in America Hits 52-year High as Economy Worsens
    44 Million Americans On Food Stamps, increase of 74 percent since 2007

    September 16, 2011 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  4. John, PA

    With an unemployment increase of 50 % since 2007, Obama's odds of being on unemployment are "much higher".
    2000 3.97 Clinton
    2001 4.76 Bush, G.W.
    2002 5.78
    2003 5.99
    2004 5.53
    2005 5.08
    2006 4.63
    2007 4.61
    2008 5.76
    2009 9.26 Obama
    2010 9.64

    September 16, 2011 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I side with President Obama against those who have set out to destroy: social security, medicare, the middle class, workers (both public and private), the environment, veterans benefits, clean air, clean water, women's rights, public education, teachers, policemen, firemen, unions, government workers, consumer safety, and equality for all Americans.

    September 16, 2011 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I remember Bush's popularity in 2003 was in the 30's. People had had it with his lies and corruption, but then he created a faux terrorist claim in September of 2004, and that propelled him to eking out a second term.

    September 16, 2011 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  7. cindy

    Thank you for hearing us Mr. President!!! We see you trying. More than what the others that SAY they are doing as they don't listen to anyone but Norquist and Company. One can only wonder if the economy would be on track TODAY if you had people who would work with you instead of obstructing filibustering and just say no to everything. Funny how they want to say the things you did do were costly when most have not evenbeen in effect yet. OBAMA-BIDEN 2012

    September 16, 2011 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  8. Ttommy Tucker

    Doesn't surprise me a bit. The man is so out of touch, insulated in his white house and surrounded by his similarly "touched" administration, he has no concept how disliked he really is. He honestly believes he's doing a good job. God help us if he does win re-election.

    September 16, 2011 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Rather than eat at Pincher's Crabshack in Fort Myers tonight, I am going to send the $40 I will save to the President's reelection campaign.

    September 16, 2011 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  10. FM

    It is a bit funny to hear Republicans saying: Oh! you have been president for 3 years therefore you now own the economic mess. What about "you break it you own it"! For god's sake, the president didn't mess up with the economy. He is trying hard to fix something which he didn't break. Here is where people need to think deeply and make their judgement.

    September 16, 2011 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  11. pc

    i support you mr president.
    shame on the republicans that want to take down our country simply to see our president fail.
    it saddens me to see what america has come down to because a black man is president of the united states.

    September 16, 2011 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  12. 2012liberal

    Obama will b president n 2012. But the only way we can get his policies started is getting our senate and house 2 democratic majority. Other wise we will continue have bush failed policies continued.

    September 16, 2011 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  13. Dean

    People who voted for Obama in 2008 were making a statement. People who vote for him in 2012 are just idiots.

    September 16, 2011 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  14. Tired of the nonsense

    I'm tired of the nonsense that permeates the GOP and the continuous lies they tell. I'm tired of the nonsense the GOP spews about how they're for the American people but all they do is destroy this country. There is no sanity, intelligence or common sense in the GOP. It's been like that for years now.

    President Obama has my vote. He's trying to make things right again. He's trying to undo the damage. He's trying to get us back to work.

    What are the GOP trying to do? Destroy this country, put more of us in the poor house and fill their own coffers.

    September 16, 2011 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  15. DA

    Obama/Biden 2012!!!

    September 16, 2011 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  16. Pa mom

    This proves he is as delusional as his economic/jobs plan. His jobs plan is nothing new and it appears to me there is a media blackout on the economic crisis in Europe by everyone except Wall Street Journal. If everyone saw what we were headed for, they would realize our WH is inept!

    September 16, 2011 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  17. America First, Party Seond

    We have the best president in recent history. GOP is very very afraid of his success and his record in history as one of the finest president. So their one and only goal is to disgrace and disagree with him at every single chance–at the expense of the country as a whole.

    September 16, 2011 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  18. Daniel

    I think Presedent Obama should get up on his feet and let american poeple know about how the stimulous package worked for americans. Also, how John Bhener and the republicans are blokken every move he make to grow the economy. By the way, the economy was wrecked by the greedy bankers and George Bush's useless wars in many parts of the world now. So hey, don't blame obama for all the nonsence that has already been done by those senceless poeple.

    September 16, 2011 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  19. Kahu from Louisiana

    As a democrat, I voted for Obama in 2008. He may not be re-elected in 2012 because it is economy. Americans vote with what are in their wallets, not with the politicans that they like. This is very depressing. President Obama can be re-elected if economy turns around.

    September 16, 2011 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  20. susan

    dear john from PA
    It takes a Congress to 'change a country'. and guess who is in charge of the House? What have they done for you lately? Bank lending is your housing crisis, and the President has NOTHING to do with the cost of gas. Ask Bachman about that.

    September 16, 2011 09:01 am at 9:01 am |