Obama says it’s ‘not as trendy to be an Obama supporter’ today compared to ’08

Nicholas Ballasy Senior Video Reporter
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President Barack Obama told an audience in San Francisco Tuesday that the famous “hope” poster, popular during his 2008 campaign for president, is “kind of faded” and that it’s “not as trendy to be an Obama supporter” today as it was during his first run for the White House.

“We’ve made a lot of change, but we’ve got a lot more work to do,” he told an audience during a campaign event at the W Hotel in San Francisco, California. “And I know that I’m now a little grayer. You know, and it’s not as trendy to be an Obama supporter as it was back in 2008.”

Obama went on to say he was no longer the “new thing” and admitted that he had made some mistakes.

“You know, I was sort of the new thing, you know, sort of like the new new thing,” he said. “We’ve had setbacks. We’ve had disappointments, and I’ve made mistakes on occasion. Michelle reminds me of those frequently. You know, the ‘hope’ poster is, you know, kind of faded and a little dog-eared.”

Obama’s remarks are similar to comments he made during an interview with ABC News on October 3, calling himself the “underdog” in the next election and conceding that Americans are not “better off” today than they were four years ago.

However, Obama predicted in his speech Tuesday that he would win re-election. (RELATED: Obama’s three-day mini campaign)

“So if you’re with me, if you’re all in, if we remind ourselves that America was built because each of us decided to believe in a big, generous, bold America, not a cramped, small America, if we remind ourselves that we are tougher than the times that we’re in, and if we remind ourselves that we’re better than the politics that we’ve been seeing, then I’m absolutely confident we are not just going to win this election,” he declared. “We’re going to remind everybody around the world just why it is that America is the greatest country in the world.”

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