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. Simon

    This man is the real deal, people!!!

    November 9, 2012 03:51 am at 3:51 am |
  2. fedupwithla

    I thought Boehner was the only one in DC who gets teary-eyed . . .

    November 9, 2012 03:58 am at 3:58 am |
  3. Iamnotfooled

    President Obama is REAL. He has gone through so much hateful rhetoric and his only crime is that he is half black. He is a true, good, kind,intelligent, compassionate man. He has done a very good job. Histiory will record him as one of the Great Presidents of the United States of America. And I am honored to have watched him and will continue to watch him for four more years. Congratulations America on finally giving this man the credit he is due.

    November 9, 2012 04:00 am at 4:00 am |
  4. Bola

    So touch coming from the world,s biggest President. President Obama really is committed to the well being of the American people. I wish him all the best.

    November 9, 2012 04:06 am at 4:06 am |
  5. ***

    well...we know he cries now.

    November 9, 2012 04:08 am at 4:08 am |
  6. dan

    Oh, for a minute I thought maybe he was reflecting on the 4.5 million babies lives that have been terminated since he took office. My mistake.

    November 9, 2012 04:14 am at 4:14 am |
  7. SGJ

    I pray this means he will talk to the US public more than he did in his first term.

    His first debate was like his first term – he kept too quiet so the republicans steam rolled over him.

    Hopefully his 2nd term will be more his last 2 debates – forecfully and methodically calling out the republicans on every single lie they utter to try and trick the American public.

    November 9, 2012 04:14 am at 4:14 am |

    This picture says it all for me...This how I know that he means what he says. Thank God for such a kind, caring,and hard working man to CONTINUE to be our President!! Congratulations Mr. President! Yourself and your team did a great job AGAIN!!! It is soooooooo comforting to know that we have a real man sitting in the oval office for four more years.............

    November 9, 2012 04:24 am at 4:24 am |
  9. Petra

    Congrats Mr. President and VP/Biden!!
    I love you both, may God continue to give you the strength and the "know hows" on continue to move our country forward for all Americans-Whites, Blacks, Republicans, Democrats, Gays, Straight-I truly mean all American because together we aspire and together we will achieve!!
    Now let all do our part in making American even greater!
    Much Love!!

    November 9, 2012 04:51 am at 4:51 am |
  10. norman

    i thank God we all made it

    November 9, 2012 05:05 am at 5:05 am |
  11. False Left Right

    He learned well from Hillary, he can fake cry too.

    Admit it, you brainwashed liberals, if Romney would have showed any emotion and cried, you would have said it was fake too.

    November 9, 2012 05:11 am at 5:11 am |
  12. Rick

    Real men don't cry in public, period!

    November 9, 2012 05:12 am at 5:12 am |
  13. Angry American

    It just shows our enemies how weak he is.

    November 9, 2012 05:14 am at 5:14 am |
  14. AnAmerican

    I love you, President Obama.

    November 9, 2012 05:16 am at 5:16 am |
  15. abel faroul

    The president is great human with great heart .all he wants is to help his people .

    November 9, 2012 05:25 am at 5:25 am |
  16. Gurgyl

    ......................a wonderful president with prectical idealogy USA is blessed with. GOP better come to our planet "EARTH".

    November 9, 2012 05:39 am at 5:39 am |
  17. johanna

    i wanna hug him...!

    November 9, 2012 05:40 am at 5:40 am |
  18. Name - Rotimi Akano-Williams

    He is not afraid to show his emotional side despite the fact he is president, that is why people worldwide are drawn to him. He is not arrogant and aloof like Romney.

    November 9, 2012 05:45 am at 5:45 am |
  19. Jim Naples Florida

    No, thank you President Obama for simply being you. We are a much better country because of who you are; intelligent, honest and wrought with integrity and working grit. Thank you, thank you and thank you. I look forward to a very bright future for my family and our Country becuase of your leadership. Thank You!!!

    November 9, 2012 06:04 am at 6:04 am |
  20. jummai yahia

    i think Americans (well, those educated enough about the world) should consider themselves lucky to have a president loved by the whole world.

    November 9, 2012 06:07 am at 6:07 am |
  21. Jerry

    Alligator tears. Lies and more lies. HE definitely DOES NOT deserve a second term. American electorate, thanks for ERRING, again!!!

    November 9, 2012 06:13 am at 6:13 am |
  22. n

    Seeding the Glory of God through his mercy and grace is to embrace and Shroud yourself in God's gift of humility like the tears rolling down President Obama's face revealed the facade of unbreakable cool. The fear of God is what keeps him, was covered and concealed from view like a mountain shrouded by clouds.

    November 9, 2012 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  23. Marry

    Someone said:
    I can't imagine the stress he's been under with Sandy and the election looming; plus it must be tough to live with all that hatred spewed at you constantly. To me, he's a man with a large heart and amazing amounts of integrity. Seeing him being emotional about the people who helped him win just proves that. Take care of yourself and stay safe, Mr. President!
    I totally agree with that assessment!

    November 9, 2012 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  24. Hospital Corpsman RN ANP

    I am hopeful this will be a good four years, thank you Commander in Chief!!!!!

    November 9, 2012 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  25. daniel

    Republican called him all kind of derogatory names, labeled him as a socialist and of course a Muslim even though he is a devoted Christian, despite all negative things that comes out of Republicans, he assured all 100% of Americans that he loved so much by showing in his emotional remark he made a day before voting day. Raw, honest and strong leader!

    November 9, 2012 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
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