Obama tears up in video as he thanks campaign staff after re-election

WASHINGTON Fri Nov 9, 2012 11:41am EST

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at an election campaign rally in Concord, New Hampshire, November 4, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Reed

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at an election campaign rally in Concord, New Hampshire, November 4, 2012.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A video of President Barack Obama released by his campaign on Thursday shows him wiping away tears the day after his re-election as he thanks young members of his campaign staff and volunteers for their hard work.

"I am absolutely confident that all of you are going to do just amazing things in your lives," Obama tells staff members at his Chicago headquarters on Wednesday following his victory over Republican Mitt Romney.

Obama says the campaign team is "so much better than I was" at meeting goals and in effectiveness than he had been as a young community organizer in Chicago.

Becoming emotional, Obama says his work in running for office has come "full circle."

"Because what you guys have done means that the work I'm doing is important. And I'm really proud of that. I'm really proud of all of you," Obama says, wiping away tears.

The workers respond with loud applause.

Obama also became emotional in his final rally on Monday night in Iowa, as his voice broke and he wiped tears from his eyes as he reflected on those who had helped his campaign.


(Reporting by Ian Simpson; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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Comments (5)
gnedownflames wrote:
God help us !

Nov 08, 2012 11:11pm EST  --  Report as abuse
hyperlux wrote:
God help you, twit.

God bless us all, that the man who led the sort of multi-million dollar organization required to win a presidential election in this country, has for 4 years borne the brunt of nobs who have the gall to say he has no business experience. It may be America has to spend obscene amounts of money in order to accept the reality on the ground, but in the end, we prove Winston Churchill correct – and come to the right decision “after they have exhausted all the alternatives”.

Nov 09, 2012 12:40am EST  --  Report as abuse
uc8tcme wrote:
Having a John Boehner moment.

Nov 09, 2012 11:03am EST  --  Report as abuse
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