Obama cries as he thanks campaign workers

2012-11-09 10:00

Washington - In the most candid and emotional scene ever captured of Barack Obama on camera, the normally composed US president teared up as he told young campaign workers of his pride in them.

Obama's campaign team distributed on Thursday a YouTube video of the president's emotional tribute to his team at his Chicago headquarters the day before, hours after he won re-election to a second term.

"What you guys have done, means the work that I am doing is important, I am really proud of that, I am really proud of all of you," Obama said before pausing as tears welled up and dampened his cheek.

"I am absolutely confident that all of you are going to do just amazing things in your lives," Obama said, standing alone at a microphone with a poster of his slogan "Forward!" behind him on the wall.

"What Bobby Kennedy called the ripples of hope that come out when you throw a stone in a lake, that is going to be you," Obama said, his voice still hoarse from days of campaigning.

No drama Obama

The YouTube video was posted on and was distributed by campaign staff on Twitter and e-mail.

Obama campaign manager Jim Messina said in an email to supporters that the president was not just talking to campaign workers in the office, but to all the thousands of volunteers who built his huge grassroots movement.

"He was talking to all of you," Messina wrote in the e-mail.

Obama, famed for his cool, "no drama" persona, has sometimes been accused of showing too little emotion in public and appearing aloof. He nonetheless got teary in stump speeches at the end of both his 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns.

But he has rarely displayed the kind of raw emotion that was seen in the YouTube video.

  • veldt66 - 2012-11-09 10:33

    The special one!!

      omo.naija.750 - 2012-11-09 11:40

      You make us proud Obama.You are no saint but you are the best president and leader the world has ever seen. Now wait for rednecks to crawl out of holes and say how weak you are because you shed tears on camera or how yours tears are crocodile tears. No matter what you do they will always hate you ,just give America your best and history will sort out the rest.

      omo.naija.750 - 2012-11-09 11:57

      LOL!Thumb down my comment all you want ,it won't change the bitter truth which hurts you suckers like hell.

  • sandor.l.varga - 2012-11-09 10:47

    Ag foitog... So sweeeeeet.

  • goldd.goldfinger - 2012-11-09 10:52

    And on the third day he wept...

  • arthur.hugh - 2012-11-09 10:57

    Aaw. Hollywood at it's best. Did someone drop a hat?

  • JNaMolefe - 2012-11-09 11:00

    I wish I could hear your voice, but I can imagine how emotion you are, vivi Obama vivi, we care about you!

  • monique.jackson0 - 2012-11-09 11:02

    Obama please come be our president! You will get a big house too! PLUS R200 million upgrades per annum!!!!!!!

  • NigelJamesTurner - 2012-11-09 11:38

    The man's a wimp

      omo.naija.750 - 2012-11-09 11:52

      He became the first black president of the United states and got re-elected for a second term in the face of strong and determined opposition.Now tell me how exactly he is a wimp.he is known worldwide having stamped his message of hope and change in the hearts of everyone. Who knows you and what have you done lately? It is always so funny how you non achievers just rant and rave just for the fun of it.

      omo.naija.750 - 2012-11-09 11:56

      I guess you love leaders like Zuma and Mugabe who are not wimps????

      arthur.hugh - 2012-11-09 12:06

      Message of hope? 2,136 US troops killed in Afghanistan since Obama took the reign. That's not counting death toll on the "other" side, nor death tolls in other Middle East countries, nor counting the wounded. In his original campaign he promised to pull the troops out. Just before he got the Nobel Peace Prize he sent a further 30 000 troops into the Middle East. The man is a warmonger, just like Bush was - except Obama can at least string a sentence together. Now, tell me, how is the American economy doing? Great hey? A few more trillion in debt to the world bank after last years bailout. Yeah whatever.

      freddied - 2012-11-09 12:42

      Obama seems to be finally accomplishing, becoming the World’s Police, dictating what’s wrong and what’s good in the world, forcing their will on other countries with different cultures around the world, in the name of peace and security, trying to bring an Order through the Chaos they promote and cause, like the slogan of the Freemasons, “Ordo ab Chao”.

  • freddied - 2012-11-09 12:10

    illuminati taking the world to world war iii

  • nhlapop - 2012-11-09 15:00

    Unlike Zuma who always smile when he see a woman, he never got emotional, even when he heard about Marikana tragedy, which never click on his mind. The only thing that clicks on his mind is Mangaung, Inkandla, in the process of searching another wife to be.

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