Tears in Chicago: Barack Obama Emotionally Tells Campaign Volunteers His Story


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I think that even Obama’s detractors might want to see this one.

I like this guy. I think he’s going places.

(Also note: no teleprompter.)

Obama thanking volunteers

My big disappointment with him right now is that he doesn’t start off speeches with “Salaam Alekum” just to freak out the bigots.

Here’s some tidbits from a piece on another site:

This happened yesterday, November 7.

It happened at Obama HQ in Chicago.

Obama gets emotional several times, but the human magic happens from 3:22 to 3:59.

The guy that speaks out when Obama starts crying seems to be saying, “Hold on, Barack, hold on”, in a sort of communal, sermonic, “testifying” exchange. …

Those dudes by the wall to the right of Obama are David Axelrod (with the glorious ‘stache) and Jim Messina (who threw an epic fist pump at 0:03). …

More about Messina: Messina was in charge of the campaign. He was the David Plouffe of 2012. And boy did he knock that out of the ballpark. You can read here about the highly secretive data-crunching team Messina put together that is at the heart of why Obama got re-elected.

Make fun of those tears, radical Republicans. We can still hear you, so the hole that you’ve dug for yourselves is not yet deep enough.


About Greg Diamond

Prolix worker's rights and government accountability attorney. General Counsel of CATER, the Coalition of Anaheim Taxpayers for Economic Responsibility, a non-partisan group of people sick of local corruption. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Runs for office sometimes, so far to offer a challenge to someone nasty who would otherwise have run unopposed. Someday he might pick a fight intending to win it rather than just to dent someone. You'll know it when you see it. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level. A family member works part-time as a campaign treasurer. He doesn't directly profit from that relatively small compensation and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he hated. He does advise some local campaigns informally and generally without compensation. If that changes, he will declare the interest. He also runs a less frequently published blog called "The Brean," for his chosen hometown, where he is now fighting with its wealthiest and most avaricious citizen-donors. This just seems to be his way.