November 8th, 2012
08:15 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama gets emotional talking to campaign staff

(CNN) - Video of President Barack Obama's visit Wednesday to his campaign headquarters in Chicago shows the newly re-elected commander in chief becoming emotional while heralding the hard work of his young staffers.

"I am absolutely confident that all of you are going to do amazing things in your lives," Obama says in the video, which was posted on his campaign's official Youtube page Thursday.

In his brief speech to the young crowd, Obama drew parallels to the work his team had just finished and the community organizing post he took up when he first moved to the Windy City at 25, saying his campaign team was "so much better than I was" at accomplishing their goals.

Toward the end of his five-minute-long remarks, Obama got choked up telling the staffers how proud he was of their hard work.

"Even before last night's results, I felt that the work I had done in running for office had come full circle. Because what you guys have done means that the work I am doing is important. And I'm really proud of that. I'm really proud of you," Obama said, wiping away tears.

The show of emotion - extremely rare for Obama - was met with loud applause.

"What you guys have accomplished will go in the annals of history," Obama said.

At his final campaign rally Monday in Iowa, a few tears rolled down Obama's cheek as he delivered his last stump speech.

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, speaking on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight," said he found Obama's emotional display in the campaign video "incredibly moving."

"Putting aside whose side you're on, who you voted for, to see a president of the United States being that raw, that emotional with his campaign volunteers and to see Barack Obama openly weeping at one stage, very unusual, very moving," said Patrick, a Democrat.

Dan Rather, the former CBS anchor, said the moment was "unique in the history of the American presidency."

"I'm not sure there has ever been any American president, perhaps no world leader that I know of in my lifetime, who has come out with that raw emotion in a very attractive way," Rather said on CNN. "Again, whether you like his politics or not, for a lot of people this is going to be a case of ‘the ice man cracketh’ because he had this image of President Barack Obama as cool, ice water in his veins kind of person, and he can be that way."

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soundoff (210 Responses)
  1. Come to Jesus

    Over half the states didnt even vote he should be Crying

    November 9, 2012 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  2. Liz

    Yeah, his re-election has definitely made me shed more than one tear.

    November 9, 2012 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  3. MrId

    Didn't vote for the man but saw the video. An honest touching moment in the man's life. Hope the next four are better for him and the country than the last four.

    November 9, 2012 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  4. Lweendo

    Very moving indeed, we love you Mr President, Keep up the good work as we will work hard with you,
    thank you

    November 9, 2012 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  5. MarieMD

    Good fror you Mr President. This is the man I voted for. A man with principles and a heart not a funny walking robot!
    Your staff and campaign workers and ultimately the US citizens were incredible against all odds and all the money that could buy an election.

    November 9, 2012 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  6. Stephan Wolfs

    Whether you voted for him or not, you've got to admit that this man is doing what he does for the right reasons.
    America, you can count your lucky stars that a man of Barack's calibre is even willing to run for office.

    November 9, 2012 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  7. Tamera Candelaria

    Another reason why he's MY President...

    November 9, 2012 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  8. whittle

    This just goes to show how much President Obama cares for the well being and development of the society that he is a part of. A lot of politicians say they care, but President Obama genuinely meas it. He is going to go down in the annals of world history as one of the best American presidents! May he live long and prosper!

    November 9, 2012 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  9. Godabed

    that's the man i voted for!

    November 9, 2012 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  10. unowhoitsme

    America made the right choice.

    November 9, 2012 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
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