Obama: Election up to supporters while he's a 'prop'
November 4th, 2012
01:27 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama: Election up to supporters while he's a 'prop'

Concord, New Hampshire (CNN) - President Barack Obama characterized his place in the upcoming election in surprising terms Sunday, slightly reframing a line he first used Saturday night.

"I looked at David Plouffe and some of you know he's my big campaign bus smart guy, Plouffe and I looked at each other and we said you know what? We're no longer relevant now, we're props," Obama told the crowd of 14,000 outside the Concord state capitol building.

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He used the line to emphasize the importance of the campaign ground game, just three days until Election Day.

"What's happened is now the campaign falls on these 25 year old kids who are out there knocking on doors, making phone calls and then we realized pretty soon after they do their jobs then now they're not relevant either because it's now up to you," Obama said.

The president delivered a similar line in battleground Virginia Saturday night, saying "as the campaign goes on, we become less relevant."

"I'm sort of a prop in the campaign," Obama said. "The planning, everything we do, it doesn't matter, because now it is all up to you."

At the president's first event Sunday, he continued to chastise Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for taking up the mantle of "change." He said Romney is offering a plan that would rule out compromise and rubber stamp the tea party agenda, while he will continue to work with Republican members of Congress.

He added that voters can trust he will always tell the truth, even if there are disagreements.

"Michelle doesn't agree with everything I do," he added.

Former President Bill Clinton joined the president on the campaign trail again for the New Hampshire stop, also hitting on the congressional cooperation theme. The Democratic stalwart said electing Obama to a second term will "keep the door open" to further cooperation between the two parties. After Tuesday, members of the GOP "will walk through it."

Playing to the Granite State crowd, Clinton, who won the state during his two runs for the White House, said "it's no secret that I never tired of coming here."

"It is a very good thing that in the closing days of this campaign you have the chance to send the president back to where he belongs, to four more years in the White House," he said.

Filed under: 2012 • Bill Clinton • New Hampshire • President Obama
soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. Sunlight99

    Actually, I would like to say finally he admits it but I really do think the massive failure of the last 4 years can be laid directly at his feet.

    November 4, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  2. Ron L- Mich

    I believe the President will win reelection by about 30 electorial votes. I am a supporter of his because hwe has accomplished many excellent things for the average working class American. His Presidency has been flawed but I think a lot of that has to do do with the fact he really is not a Politician. He literally dislikes the "game" he just wants to do the work of the people and if he could have done it without being President he would have never ran. Of the things he wanted to accomplish he is about halfway there that is why he NEEDS the next term. I FIRMLY believe after the next 4 years of his leaderships EVERYONE in America will see his heart is in the right place and most of middle America will have had benefited from his Presidency.

    November 4, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  3. dscon

    Obama is just a prop............................
    and B I N G O was his namo......?

    November 4, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  4. mehere

    Just a "prop" – so he is an EMPTY CHAIR after all! Best prop ever in election.

    November 4, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    That's all he's been for 4 years.

    November 4, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  6. orlop

    He has always been a prop for Clinton democrats who wanted control back. Obama never brought in the new blood that he promised with his "hope and change". Just a tool for the powerful.

    November 4, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  7. Pete

    Pres.Obama is happy for his ground game something Romney trying to copy.His door to door tactics are from Howard Dean who believed in meeting voters face to face to let them know you cared.Republicans never did anything like it and still don't only covering the swing states not as elaberate as Pres.Obamas plans,but then again he was an organizer wasn't he!!

    November 4, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  8. organically

    President Obama cleared his schedule for three days, met with FEMA several times, gave multiple speeches on Sandy response rather than being on the stump, travelled to all the impacted States, helped to activate the national guard in nine States, and was applauded by governor Christie of New Jersey (a republican), trucked in 25 million gallons of gas from the national reserve, and is being briefed almost hourly on the Sandy federal response.
    Romney collected cans.

    November 4, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  9. dnokc

    I'm sort of a prop in the campaign," Obama said.
    Empty suit, empty chair, ...prop. Does anyone disagree?

    November 4, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
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