Washington: As Republicans kicked off the
primary battle to pick the candidate who will challenge Barack Obama, the incumbent President had a reassuring message for
his supporters -- "I am more optimistic than in 2008".
Four years back, Obama launched his bid for the White
House, before going on to win a historic victory, and despite
a slide in his popularity over the period; the President said
he was more confident heading into his second presidential
battle having fulfilled some of his key promises.
"We have done a lot but we`ve got a lot more to do, and
that`s why we need another four years to get it all done,"
Obama said, when asked "how do you respond do people who say
you haven`t done enough?"
"In some ways, I`m actually more optimistic now than I was
when I first ran, because we`ve already seen change take
place," Obama said when asked if in 2012 he still believed in
his 2008 war cry of hope and change.
Seeking a re-election in November, Obama asked his
supporters today to gear up for the big battle ahead.
"It`s going to be a big battle. I hope you guys are geared
up. I`m excited," Obama said in his video address to the
Democratic Party Iowa Caucuses goers.
Obama touted the end of the war in Iraq, health care
reform and making college more affordable as some of the
achievements of his tenure.
He also said everybody deserved a "fair shot," while
attacking the Republicans for supporting "tax cuts for the
wealthiest among us".
In Iowa, meanwhile, the Republicans saw a tight three-way
contest among their White House hopefuls, with former
Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania
Senator Rick Santorum deadlocked for the lead and Texas
Congressman Ron Paul close behind.
Obama said his campaign for 2012 will focus on the
benefits his administration had brought in the health and
"Part of what 2012 is about is both reminding the American
people of how far we`ve traveled and the concrete effects that
some of our work has had in terms of making sure that people
have health insurance, or making sure that our troops are
coming home, or making sure that young people are able to go
"But part of it is also framing this larger debate about
what kind of country are we going to leave for our children
and our grandchildren," he said.
Obama said while problems affronting the country can be
solved, it is also to be ensured that everybody gets a fair
shot while addressing collective concerns.
However, Obama has a tough battle at hand to reclaim the
White House in the face of a dull economy and high rates of
unemployment, results of the economic recession the President
has struggled to deal with ever since assuming office.
And Obama is certainly aware of the fact that the
downsides are overshadowing his achievements.
"But we all know we`ve got a lot more work that we have to
do," he noted.
Giving every section a fair shot means that "we`re
investing in things like education, that we`re investing in
basic science and technology so we`re making things again here
in America and we`re revitalising manufacturing and...
encouraging entrepreneurship," he said.
"It means that we`re rebuilding our infrastructure, our
roads and our bridges, but also our high-speed rail lines and
high-speed Internet access in places like rural Iowa, making
sure that everybody who wants to reach a worldwide market is
able to do so because they`ve got the connection to do it,"
said the US President.