Obama invokes Gandhi in support for second term

US President Barack Obama invoked the legacies of his heroes Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela as he sought support from voters for a second term.

Last Updated: Mar 04, 2012, 14:02 PM IST

New York: US President Barack Obama invoked
the legacies of his heroes Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela
as he sought support from voters for a second term, saying he
too needs time to fulfil his promise of bringing a "real
change" to America just as the two legendary leaders did.

"The change we fought for in 2008 hasn`t always happened
as fast as we would have liked... real change, big change, is
always hard," Obama said at a fundraiser held here.

"Around the world -- Gandhi, Nelson Mandela -- what they
did was hard. It takes time. It takes more than a single term.
It takes more than a single President. It takes more than a
single individual," he said.

From the civil rights movement to winning the vote for
women, bringing about "real and big change" in the world has
been hard and has taken time, the President said.

Going by the tough times America has seen in the recent
years, change may appear impossible to achieve, he said.

However, change is possible through "ordinary citizens
who keep believing, who are committed to fighting and pushing
and inching this country closer and closer to our highest
ideals," Obama added.

Obama said while he is "not a perfect man and I will not
be a perfect President," he had promised America when he won
the election in 2008 that "I would always tell you what I
believed, I would always tell you where I stood, and that I
would wake up every single day thinking about you and fight
for you as hard as I could, and do everything possible to make
sure that this country that has given me and Michelle and our
kids so much, that that country is there for everybody.

"And you know what? I have kept that promise."
Seeking support for a second term ahead of the November
Presidential polls, Obama said change will come to America if
its citizens are willing to work with him and help him remove
obstacles the country faces.

"If you?re willing to work with me, and push through the
obstacles, and push through the setbacks, and get back up when
we get knocked down, and if you`re willing to hold that vision
that we have for America in your hearts, then I promise you
change will come.

"And if you`re willing to work as hard as you did in the
last election in this election, then we will finish what we
started, and remind the world just why it is that America is
the greatest nation on earth," he said.

PTI