President Barack Obama — a little worse for wear after nearly three years in the Oval Office— admits that his 2012 re-election bid won’t be as exciting as his first White House bid.
“We’ve got to make sure that we feel the same urgency in this election as we did back in 2008,” Obama said yesterday. “Now, it won’t be as sexy as in 2008. Back then I didn’t have any grey hair — and was all kind of fresh and new. And now I’m dinged up. Gone through some battles.”
The remarks, delivered at a Dallas fundraiser yesterday, are evidence that Obama knows he faces an enthusiasm gap within his own party and is attempting to fill the void with a sense of urgency about the 2012 election.
“Understand that this is just the beginning. This is not the end,” Obama said. “We may not be throwing the long bomb each and every time. We’re just going to have to plug away and stay at it.”
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