‘I’m really proud of all of you’: Gushing Obama breaks down in tears while thanking campaign staff day after winning re-election
President Barack Obama got so emotional while thanking his campaign staffers in their Chicago headquarters that he began crying.
The normally stoic Democrat had to repeatedly wipe away tears during the five-and-a-half minute talk that was caught on video and posted to YouTube.
‘I’m really proud of all of you,’ he said.
Happy tears: President Obama began crying while thanking his campaign staffers in Chicago the day after the election
Streaming: Tears can be seen coming down both cheeks
Emotional: The talk showed the tender side of the typically-stoic President
At one point, his baritone voice went another octave deeper as he got choked up while talking about the parallels between his own story and that of his young campaign operatives.
‘I try to picture myself when i was your age, and I first moved to Chicago at the age of 25, and I had this vague inkling about making a difference I didn’t really know how to do it I didn’t have a structure,’ he said.
‘When I come here and I look at all of you what comes to mind is not that you guys actually remind me of myself its the fact that you are so much better than I was in so many ways- you’re smarter, you’re better organized, you’re more effective.
‘I’m absolutely confident that all of you are going to do just amazing things in your lives. You’re just going to do great things.
Take a moment: Obama got choked up talking about the great things his staffers would go on to do
Close: He stood in front of a lone microphone facing a room packed with staffers, with chief campaign strategist David Axelrod and campaign manager Jim Messina standing a few feet away
Minutes before: Obama is seen smiling as he hugs Jim Messina shortly before making his remarks
‘Your journey is just beginning, you’re just starting and whatever good we do over the next four years will pale in comparison to what you guys end up accomplishing for years and years to come. That’s been my source of hope.’
While the President is known for his soaring oratory skills, which were out in full force on Election Night when he gave his acceptance speech to a crowded convention hall, this talk to his close aides and many recent college graduates was much more personal.
He stood in front of a lone microphone facing a room packed with staffers, with chief campaign strategist David Axelrod and campaign manager Jim Messina standing a few feet away.
‘Even before last night’s results, I felt that the work I had done in running for office had come full circle because what you guys have done means that the work that I’m doing is important, and I’m really proud of that, and I’m really proud of all of you,’ Obama said.
Emotional: Barack Obama was caught tearing up at his final rally in Iowa on Monday night
Obama said that he picked Iowa as the place for the final rally because it was where the campaign began
Perhaps it is the closure of his final political campaign, but something has brought out the emotional side of the 51-year-old President of late.
He was seen wiping away a tear or two at his last campaign rally on Monday night in Des Moines, Iowa. Though the cold temperatures may have had something to do with the showing on Monday, that could certainly not be used as a contributing factor on Wednesday.