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

Worker's rights attorney now moving into "good governance" litigation. North Vice Chair of Democratic Party of Orange County and occasional candidate. Proud to be prolix. Unless otherwise specifically stated, his writings never speak for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level. He tries to either suppress or openly acknowledge his partisan, issue, ideological, and "good government" biases in most of his writing here. If you have a question about any particular writing, just ask him about it and (unless you are an pseudonymous troll) he will probably answer you at painful length. He lives in Brea but generally doesn't blog about it. A family member works as a campaign treasurer for Wendy Gabriella in AD-73; he doesn't directly profit from that relatively small compensation and it doesn't affect his coverage. He does advise some campaigns informally and without compensation, although in 2014 he may receive some compensation for campaign consulting and fundraising for the campaign of Jorge Lopez for Orange County Assessor.