WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama confidently predicted he would overcome tough odds and win his 2012 reelection fight Tuesday, selling the premise of his campaign to influential donors.
“Here is my message to you. You guys stick with this. If you don’t falter, if you stay steady we are going to win this thing,” Obama told Democratic fundraisers in Washington as his bid for a second White House term heats up.
“We are going to win this thing and America is going to win as a consequence,” Obama said in a short speech at a Washington hotel.
After failing to restore America to full prosperity after the worst economic crisis in decades, Obama is vulnerable to his own low approval ratings and Republican criticism of his economic record and high unemployment.
“We are going to have to fight for it. It is not a slam dunk,” Obama said, saying his historic 2008 election win came with the United States at a crossroads.
“We haven’t fully crossed the road and in some ways 2012 is even more important than it was four years ago.”
“The choices could not be starker,” Obama said, pressing home his theme that middle class Americans no longer have a “fair shot” in a country where the financial system is weighted towards the rich.
“At a time when people have been battered by the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, it is understandable if people aren’t feeling as chipper as they were in 2008.”
“Yeah, this is going to be tough. But I just want to remind all of you that you didn’t decide to support Barack Hussein Obama just because it was going to be easy.”
Obama spoke as Republicans vying for his job in the November 2012 elections reach a critical stage of their contests to pick the party’s candidate, with the first votes, in the Iowa caucuses, scheduled for three weeks time.