You won’t believe this.
President Obama, while addressing some 500 members of the Democratic National Committee’s national finance committee and national advisory board (in other words, big money donors), took them on a little trip down memory lane.
The Washington Post reported:
Working to invigorate one of his most important constituencies, President Barack Obama urged major Democratic donors Wednesday to hang on to the enthusiasm they felt during his first run for the White House as his 2012 re-election campaign approaches.
“The first time around it’s like lightning in a bottle. There’s something special about it, because you’re defying the odds. And as time passes, you start taking it for granted that a guy named Barack Hussein Obama is president of the United States,” Obama said. “But we should never take it for granted.”
“I hope that all of you still feel that sense of excitement and that sense of possibility, because we still have so much more to do.”
The president also tried out his new theme of nonpartisan compromise and coming together, a change from the partisan attacks he regularly lobbed at Republicans prior to the November midterm elections in which Democrats lost control of the House. Now Obama must work with Republicans if he wants to get anything done, from passing a budget to legislating in any arena.
“I know that sometimes people may get frustrated and think, you know what, Obama is being too nice and we need to get in there and take it to them. And there will be times where that’s important,” the president said, adding that his own wife sometimes had to turn away from the spectacle of political brawling.
But he added: “As important as our political labels are — Democrat and Republican — as many tough fights as we’re going to have, part of what made 2008 special is we brought the country together.”
Even as Obama said more remained to be done, he asserted that he’d delivered on his campaign pledge from 2008. “The promise that we made to the American people has been kept, that we have delivered on change that we can believe in.”
Oh yes, the Great Uniter has definitely brought change we can believe in!
Count your blessings, folks. We are in the presence of Greatness. Just ask him.
Hat Tip Ace of Spades HQ