President Obama: Speech, Thanking Campaign Staff in Chicago (Video), Nov. 7, 2012

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Watch video of newly-re-elected President Barack Obama as he delivers an emotional speech, crying and thanking campaign staff in his Chicago campaign headquarters on Wednesday November 7, 2012. Shot by and released by the campaign on YouTube a day later, the five minute video reveals the President in a rare public display of emotion; crying, visibly shedding tears as he speaks about the election and his victory and the crucial role the supporters played. The full video and more details are posted below.

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The video, as noted, was shot by the campaign and reporters and media were not present during the meeting. As the video reveals, the President spoke extemporaneously, saying in part:

“I’m just looking around the room and I’m thinking wherever you guys end up … you’re just gonna do great things,” Obama told his mostly young campaign staff in a video released by the campaign on Thursday night.

“And that’s why even before last night’s results, I felt that the work that I had done in running for office had come full circle,” he said, his voice breaking up. “Because what you guys have done means that the work that I am doing is important.”

“And I’m really proud of that. I’m really proud of all of you,” he said, a tear rolling down his right cheek. As he wiped it away, the crowd of hundreds broke into applause. Obama also choked up on Monday night as he spoke at his final campaign rally in Iowa.

Obama recalled his time as a 20-something working as a community organizer in Chicago and “didn’t know at all what I was doing.” His staff, he said, is “so much better than I was.”

More summary and reporting at Politico.

Full election results can be seen at CNN and among other sites.

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President Obama’s Emotional Speech, Cries Thanking Campaign Staff in Chicago (Video), Nov. 7, 2012


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