Three years later, he is exactly what he promised to be

Exactly three years ago (and one day), Barack Obama lost the New Hampshire Primaries. Listening now to his speech following that defeat, is quite amazing. Not only that this man is just the same – give or take some gray hair – He is doing exactly – EXACTLY – what he said he’ll do. People who didn’t listen back then – Well, it’s their problem. Barack Obama is exactly the president he said he’ll be. And thank god for that.

(Thank you, Tracy, for pointing me to the speech and the date).


77 thoughts on “Three years later, he is exactly what he promised to be

  1. I have to say this speech combined with the efforts in SC, are what got me fully on his side during the primary and still today.

    It was a defining moment and yes he has done basically what he said he would do.

  2. Those of us who listened to this man and continue to listen to him, know what we heard back then and continue to.

    This obsession with some people on the left who want President Obama to do exactly what they want him to or say something the way they think he should say it or else he is not the man he said he is, is getting quite old and stale.

    There is enough evidence out here to prove that POTUS has been consistent through and through.

    For some I believe this is simply intellectual dishonesty.

    Go figure.

  3. This speech blew me away back then.. because it was given after a loss. It was not the first amazing thing about Barack Obama- one of the many.

    Thanks for reposting it.. will listen to him remind us all how to deal with adversity.

  4. Obama has stayed true to who he is.
    Haters have stayed true to who they are.

    I am not suprised by the President’s actions or by the hater’s behavior

  5. Happy sigh. Thanks for that. I totally needed it. And yeah, he’s done what he said he would do. Using science and technology to invent our way out of a dependency on oil…get out of Iraq and work toward finishing the job in Afghanistan, improve our schools, end the inequality in the health care system, etc.

    What amazes me is that not only did he do what he said he was going to do, but he did so with tenacity, efficiency, cunning and in the midst of crisis after crisis in the economy. I remembering people being fearful that he would have to put his entire agenda aside just to deal with the economic crisis. And yet, he managed to do both. Show me a CEO anywhere on this planet who could have done all that. Stunning.

  6. Me too. He will go home in 2016, leaving behind a country that is 180 degrees different than the one he inherited. I’m sure about that and i refuse to give up.

  7. this speech is a supreme example why I didn’t believe in Barack Obama at first.

    My first reaction was: “Where’s the beef ?”

    The rhetoric is right, but in my head, I reran the letter I wrote to the Wall Street Journal around that time (“IT’S THE ECONOMY, STUPID”):

    “… My rationale for voting Hillary if I would be given a chance is quite obvious:

    She’s the only candidate who has a chance to actually fix the US economy, because her husband already did so ’93-’00.”

    Of course, nowadays, hind sight is 20/20 🙂

  8. Best President ever.

    The frustrai are chronically angry, depressed, celebrity wannabes, and many are racisr. The Buddha sais to “walk away from fools.” I did, and I’m never going back.

    They are passengers on Hieronymus Bosch’s Ship Of Fools.

    We are blessed to have him, and through BWD, to have each other. I pray we all stay safe and healthy.

  9. Thank you, BWD, for posting these. Once again, another reminder of the point several of us have been pounding on with the frustrati – whatever they thought he was running on, was not what he was running on. Those of us who paid attention knew what he was saying, and our hope was that he would be able to do it. Yes, he has, not always in the way I would have done it, not always in the order I wanted it, and sometimes I didn’t want it in the first place. 😀 But overall, I am extremely pleased with the President we got.

    If the frustrati didn’t realize it, it’s their problem, not his or ours.

  10. Check BWD’s link to Frank Schaeffer’s post today (see the blogroll). He always tells it like it is.

  11. Hopefully by 2016 many of the people who were traumatized by the hippie movement, anti-war demonstrations and the Summer of Love will be dead. I could be wrong, but I think that 1967 was a seminal moment in this country. While it freed a great many of us to live our lives without conforming to the norm, it left deep and lasting scars in a large part of the population. That population seems to still be fighting the culture wars and are desperately trying to turn back the clock to a time when everything was safe and predictable and white. It’s hard for me to comprehend why they simply can’t let that moment go. It’s been 45 years, for crying out loud. Let. It. Go.

  12. Wow, really amazing I just felt like watching all these speeches last night had no idea that it was 3 years ago..the universe is at work! LOL..loved him then, still do..thanks for posting BWD!

  13. Can you try not to make generalizations, please? I’m 64, white, was alive during the hippie movement, etc., love and respect President Obama, 100%, and hope NOT to be dead by 2016. Thanks! 🙂

  14. Then I will be me four. With all of us repeating that phrase, I know it will come true.

  15. Painting with a broad brush again!!

    I’m 68 and I WAS a hippie. I’m not ashamed of it.

    And I noticed that when reading the “I’m Grateful” comments, many many people my age and older were part of the grateful living.

    Age doesn’t describe what you are.

  16. “…Those of us who paid attention knew what he was saying, …” Right on…

    But of course, Norbook, some of us didn’t, and some of us have selective hearin’, very short memories, et al… 😉

    And, some of us need remindin’ w/this one, too… our President’s 2008 Victory Speech:

    This one… or this unique one done by Ramotringo… 🙂

    Let’s use President Obama’s 506 Campaign Promises as a positive, upliftin’ asset. Broken promises can be revisited, again…

  17. I concur, in 2016, POTUS will leave this country in a better place. We have been given a great gift in this President of the United States of America. I only pray that we will show more gratitude.

    We can be thankful for a firm but calm leader. We can be grateful for a compassionate person, leader, and President. His great intelligence, wisdom, and willingness to listen is so appreciated by so many of us.

    My tears will not stop flowing since I heard this awful news. I have lit candles, said prayers for Congresswoman Gifford and her family and all of the families involved. This is a day where we can all come together and pray that the MSM greeds will have a search of their hearts and start calling sensationlism for what it is and real news for what it is. We need to hold them accountable for the hateful speech they help to promote to the public. My heart is really hurt for our congresswoman and her husband. You could see from the photo, the pain in POTUS face. Let us pray for Gabby’s miracle to happen. Let us pray for the parents of that precious little girl. What a dream cut short. We need to stand up and take a stand for the hateful speech and actions that are coming across our media waves daily. They do not deserve to have dreams cut short. Life is too precious. Let us come together and debate, but with much love and respect for each other. We are Americans, remember. We can do better than this. I pray that we will.

  18. I was a hippie too! Totally spent the summer of love in Haight Ashbury. I get it, trust me.

  19. Unfortunately, it is generational. I was a hippie…but my parents generation most definitely were not. They were the ones who overreacted to what was going on back then. They were the ones who were traumatized by what they perceived as a threat to their way of life. They are the ones who are having trouble moving on. I’m talking about the people who were traumatized, not everyone from that age group.

  20. I love and respect President Obama and the first lady so much. Knowing this calm, brilliant and compassionate man is at the helm is what gets me through all this mess. I am so thankful he is our president.

  21. When I heard this speech, I was in awe of the strength of his character, his dreams for this country and the sheer eloquence of his vision. Even in defeat, he summoned all that is admirable and worth fighting for in all of us. It is one of my very favorite speeches of all time.

  22. I have written a personal letter to the President on my blog about the current affair of our nation. If you have time give it a read, and if you agree with it pass it around. Here is an excerpt:

    Mr. President, you have tried endlessly to ask politicians, radio personalities, and the U.S. media to dial down their tones, and rhetoric, but unfortunately Mr. President no one was listening. As a matter of fact Mr. President, the more you tried to forewarn this nation of the consequences of heightened and insurmountable levels of hate bubbling up, the Republicans, aided by the U.S. media just thumbed their noses-well until now. In April, you made these remarks on the CBS morning show; You called Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck purveyors of “vitriol” – creating a climate in which you are called a “socialist” and even a “Nazi.” But, the U.S. media continued to highlight that vitriol into their segments each day. The question I have is why? Why does the U.S. media give a platform to those that preach hate?

    During a commencement exercise at the University of Michigan on May 1, 2009 you “called for tolerance and the pursuit of diversity of thought in a “poisonous political climate” and criticized people at both ends of the political spectrum for “throwing around” words such as “socialist,” “fascist” and “Soviet-style takeover” — and said a similar attitude is “starting to creep into the center of our discourse.”But was anybody listening Mr. President? Anybody?

  23. Not only did he give a hell of a speech, he is backing up those words with his actions. I love President Obama.

  24. just amazing!

    Thanks for this reminder BWD!

    May GOD continue to richly bless President OBAMA!
    In the Name of JESUS! Amen!!!

  25. g…sorry if I didn’t state my thoughts well. I’m talking about my parents’ generation…people who were traumatized by the sit-ins, free love, anti-war demonstrations, riots, etc. Most of these people are in their 80’s and 90’s now. A lot of them have never recovered from that time and are still subscribing to the ‘culture wars’. Granted, a lot of the hatred is coming from people who were contemporaries of my hippie generation, but the generation most damaged by the drastic changes to society back in the late 60’s through the end of the Vietnam war are dying off. Fewer of the people who are still so opposed to the cultural changes this country has undergone will be around to influence the voting behavior in 2016 and more of the people who weren’t even alive when all the turmoil occurred will have taken their places on the voter rolls.

  26. From the Yes We Can speech:
    Our new American majority can end the outrage of unaffordable,unavailable health care in our time. We can bring doctors and
    patients; workers and businesses, Democrats and Republicans together;
    and we can tell the drug and insurance industry that while they’ll get a seat at the table, they don’t get to buy every chair. Not this time. Not now. CHECK

    Our new majority can end the tax breaks for corporations that ship our jobs overseas and put a middle-class tax cut into the pockets of the working Americans who deserve it. CHECK

    We can stop sending our children to schools with corridors of shame and start putting them on a pathway to success. We can stop talking about how great teachers are and start rewarding them for their
    greatness. We can do this with our new majority. GETTING THERE

    We can harness the ingenuity of farmers and scientists; citizens and entrepreneurs to free this nation from the tyranny of oil and save our planet from a point of no return. BIG TIME WORKING ON IT

    And when I am President, we will end this war in Iraq and bring our troops home; CHECK

    we will finish the job against al Qaeda in Afghanistan; GETTING THERE

    we will care for our veterans; CHECK
    we will restore our moral standing in the world; CHECK
    and we will never use 9/11 as a way to scare up votes, CHECK
    because it is not a tactic to win an election, it is a challenge that should unite America and the world against the common threats of the twenty-first century:
    terrorism and nuclear weapons; SERIOUSLY WORKING ON IT
    climate change WORKING ON IT
    and poverty; LOTS OF HELP HERE
    genocide HELLO SUDAN
    and disease. H1N1…STEM CELL RESEARCH CHECK

  27. I got chills listening to this again. I LOVE our president and first lady, and will do everything I can to insure his 20112 election.
    What an amazing human being, and how lucky we are to have him as president.

  28. Thank you for further explanation Tien Le. However my POV is informed from individual psychology rather that sociology. I see hatred and fear across all generations and stemming from their worldviews which are created by their efforts to resolve their own issues. ie, self loathing turned outward.

    I don’t mean to come across as pretentious, LOL. it’s more like laziness: I don’t like to write, so I tend to sum everything up haphazardly to the point of incoherence 🙂

  29. I agree. I supported him since Jan. 2007, but his speech made me sure he had what it took to actually BE president. Thanks for adding this at this time. We need to find our core of can do spirit and forge ahead.

  30. Thank you for this trip down memory lane! Did someone say this was a ‘losing’ speech? Get outta there! Did anyone tell him this before he got on stage? 😉

    I. LOOOVE. this. man’s. focus!!!
    I love the way he works towards a goal – it’s like he sets his sight on it, then zeroes in gradually, DESPITE oppositional obstacles (Health care, Gitmo, etc.), team naysayers (ex. middle class tax cuts, H.C etc.) or whatever. The President listens patiently to everybody’s ideas and objections, finetunes his position,then goes for his goal, ALL WITHOUT GETTING VISIBLY FLUSTERED, or calling his opponents names. Just listening to him raises my level of hope for America. IMO, he is an awesome leader who is actually showing our young people another form of leadership – one which sets goals, gets things done despite a loud, noisy and vituperative climate, all without succumbing to the shouts to stomp on your opponents or denigrate them. Listen again to his comments on his opponents here, and note also how he refocuses on his goal in the face of this defeat! ‘O-bama for 2012! Yes we can.’

  31. Thanks for posting it! Not only is it prescient, particularly about setbacks and dissonant voices but the speech also reminds us of the perseverance that underlies all progress in this country. We cannot stop working for change and for more peace, opportunity, and justice. I just saw the documentary of Benazir Bhutto. The director was a political consultant for Congresswoman Gibbons prior to working on this film. He reminded us in the Q&A after the film how important it is to work against terrorism which can appear in any society.

  32. Actually I think it has more to do with a longing among many poor whites for the good old days before the end of Jim Crow. Notice the audience for Fox News – average age 65. Most other conservative sites are getting the above 45 crowd. Even in my time I was treated to the sorry spectacle of White Flight ripping Lubbock Texas apart – one of the last cities to have court-ordered busing. People who remember those days of white privilege have not forgotten that they and their parents felt entirely justified to look down on non-whites. Some of that is translated to a younger generation, but the days of segregation to my son (age 23) sound like my grandparents talking about the Great Depression – it wasn’t a part of my life and I think about other things.

  33. My parents were Adlai Stevenson supporters and were ardent Kennedy supporters. I was one week old when Kennedy was assassinated, and too young to know Bobby Kennedy as anything other than a martyred political icon. I have often wondered what it would have been like to know at the time that you are living in times of one of the Great Presidents. Sorry, but Reagan may be great for the political fortunes of conservatives but a “Great President” he was not.

    With Barack Obama, I feel I finally have my chance to watch a Great President in action. He will not be fully appreciated until he is out of office, but those of us who understood who he was and what he offered the nation are not in any way disappointed.

  34. Hi Tori

    I had a hard time reaching the blog from the link above. I was able to enter the URL for your blog directly and then read the letter.

    I tried to comment and it didn’t work, so here is my comment.

    Well done. I hope this is one of hundreds of letters that are written, reach the President and reach the media. We can’t become discouraged, we need to speak up, we can make a difference. Letters like yours are an important step. Thank you for an incredible commentary that shows how committed you are to the President and the country.

    This is an amazing letter. We should all read it.

    If you can’t load the page try this, then just scroll down.

    Hopefully the problem loading is just a temporary thing.

  35. He will finish out his Presidency in 2016, leaving behind a country 180 degrees different and infinitely better than what he inherited…

    And he and Michelle will go on to do even more amazing and great things the world over…

  36. Thanks What is Working. Please digg it as well. I sent it to all of my media contacts. I see the media trying to take a different tone. They are guilt ridden as they should be. President Obama has been warning them for a long time to dial it down but hey they couldn’t be bothered.

  37. Okay: Bill Clinton did the right thing about the deficit at the right time. However, much of what led to the breakdown of the economy happened on Clintons’s watch: the deregulation of the banking industry and repeal of Glass-Steagall. A massive increase in privatization of the Federal government (begun actually under Carter, put on steroids by Reagan/Bush and exploded under Clinton).

    ‘Welfare’ reform
    and my personal favorite, the Telecom Bill of 1996 which led to the consolidation of the media and has given us an unfettered right wing media juggernaut.

    Since you bring up Hillary Clinton, I would have been happy to support either Clinton or Obama before the first primaries, although I thought Hillary was serving her own ambition over the needs of the country, knowing that the Right would tie her up in manufactured ‘scandal’ after scandal. I believed she would be as divisive as the first Black President.

    Then I heard her talk after she incredulously lost Iowa. Not the crying moment which is all anyone remembers, but a campaign stop in NH. I had never heard that kind of snearing, entitled disrespect of one Democratic candidate against another Democratic candidate on the national stage. I remember calling my husband into the room, because I was aghast that a Clinton would talk that way. From that point on, she devolved, siding with the rightest of the right in the Democratic party because a black man had deigned to take Clinton’s place as the “first Black president.” I listened to Obama, I read his books, I watched his demeanor (and Hillary’s) and decided who I thought was better deserving to be President of the United States.

    I have kept my mouth shut about what I believe Hillary Clinton’s legacy was to the 2008 campaign and beyond. I remember Republicans actually said, “we don’t know how to run against this guy.” Unfortunately they did learn — from Hillary. I believe Hillary Clinton opened the door to the acceptance of the rampant hate that exploded. She didn’t create it, she acted with the utmost grace after her [final] defeat and I will be forever grateful for her efforts at that time and beyond.

    But when a Democrat was allowed to say the veiled insulting and almost racist things said in Hillary’s campaign, and that they be said by a Clinton, all bets were off. Republicans were able to exploit that hate with very little consequences.

  38. I also wanted to post this email I received this morning.. its from “Mayors Against Illegal Guns”.. not sure how I ever got on their email list, but I receive regular emails from them, and today they’ve added a link to email condolences to the families of the victims (fyi Corey Booker is one of the mayors)- heres the link and the email:

    Dear Friend,

    On behalf of more than 550 Mayors who are working to prevent gun violence in America, we are writing to ask you to join us in observing the National Moment of Silence that President Obama has called for at 11:00 a.m. EST to honor the victims of the shooting in Tuscon, Arizona.

    Our hearts go out to the families affected by this senseless tragedy. If you would like to send a message of condolences to the families, you can use the link below to prepare a note, and we will ensure that your message is forwarded to the families in Tuscon.

    Join Mayors from across the country and send a message of condolence to the families involved.

    Our co-chairs, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Mayor Tom Menino have both issued statements regarding the tragedy:

    “These shootings are just terrible examples, and a terrible reminder, of the gun violence that happens every single day in our country.” – Mayor Michael Bloomberg

    “As we pause for a national moment of silence today, all the victims of this tragedy and their families will be in our thoughts and prayers.” – Mayor Tom Menino

    Whenever a horrible event like this impacts our country, many are often left wondering how they can help. In the spirit of national unity and national service, we encourage you to visit to find a way to give back in your community.

    Today, our focus is on honoring the victims of this senseless tragedy. And in the days ahead, we will provide updates as facts surface and as we develop ideas to prevent future tragedies.

    We thank you for your ongoing support of our efforts, and ask you to join us as we reflect on this national tragedy.

    Mayors Against Illegal Guns

  39. I hear ya! I’m 60 and support this President wholeheartedly. I understand progress when I see it and a truly decent man when I see one.

  40. Thank you for sharing that, sheri, So NOT surprised to see my mayor on that list 🙂 No Tucson, no Phoenix.

    It is heartening to see the mayors involved.

  41. Faith, your comments are only the truth. Regardless of what is currently going on, we need to know and operate on truth, coupled with forgiveness when that offending party is remorseful and humble enough to mend fences.

  42. Thanks so much for starting this blog. There are many good people on Kos, but there are some who demand a purity from President Obama that’s just absurd, and reading their comments is like listening to a chainsaw on a blackboard. I prefer to celebrate his historic accomplishments instead of helping large swaths of the media bring him down. OBAMA HASN’T CLOSED GITMO YET; HE COULD HAVE GOTTEN THE PUBLIC OPTION IF HE WANTED TO; mumble, mumble, Lily Ledbetter, mumble, mumble; OBAMA IS THE BEST FRIEND OF THE BIG BANKS;; mumble, mumble, Obama gets the middleman out of student loans, mumble, mumble.

    And, of course, I love the photos.

  43. I love watching the old speeches. I always get chocked up. I have never given up hope.

    I am so happy that you started your own thing blackwaterdog, because I always looked forward to your posts on Kos.

  44. You do your self a disservice. History will judge and evaluate the tenure of President Obama. The likelihood that your comments will be confirmed is very real.

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