President Obama Cries While Thanking Staff
A new video from the campaign of Barack Obama shows the recently re-elected president growing emotional while speaking at his campaign headquarters in Chicago.
Speaking to a group of volunteers mostly in their 20s and 30s, the president recounted how he moved to Chicago at about their age, with only “a vague inkling about making a difference” and no idea of how to do it.
Obama tells the young people that they are “better” than he was, “smarter,” “better organized,” and “more effective,” and that the great things they will accomplish give him hope.
“I’m really proud of all of you,” he says, wiping a tear away.
I’m trying to maintain some semblance of objectivity here, but it’s failing. This is like watching Field of Dreams, Saving Private Ryan, and the 1980 Olympics “Miracle On The Ice” all at the same time.
This is no-drama Obama. The man who at times has seemed aloof, overly-intellectual, and always in control. But here he is, clearly exhausted after days of all-night election returns and victory speeches, after months of grueling and vicious campaigning for the last elected office he will ever hold, and after four years of watching his dreams of a more united States crumble.
Especially as a young American, it’s unnerving and touching to hear him talk about himself as a young man, saying he didn’t “become a man” until his work on the South Side. The words of praise he offers his staffers could very well be the words he had hoped to hear as a community organizer 40 years ago.
Meanwhile, Mitt Romney cut off his campaign’s credit cards at midnight on election day, leaving his staffers stranded in taxis.