President Barack Obama’s star power is fading fast — and he knows it.
Speaking at a San Francisco fundraiser Tuesday, Obama admitted that being a supporter of his doesn’t have the same cool factor it did four years ago.
“It’s not as trendy to be an Obama supporter as it was back in 2008 when I was sort of the new thing,” he told a 200-person, minimum $5,000 per head crowd, according to the Associated Press.
With dropping poll numbers, Obama tried to remind supporters of his administration’s accomplishments, including the health care system overhaul and the end of the don’t ask, don’t tell military ban on gay service members. Still, he acknowledged it hasn’t been entirely smooth sailing and that his promise of “change” has at times been difficult to deliver.
“We’ve had setbacks, we’ve had disappointments. I’ve made mistakes on occasion,” he said. Referencing the iconic poster that became synonymous with his 2008 bid, he added: “You know, the ‘hope’ poster is, you know, kind of faded and a little dog-eared.”
Summoning the imagery of a famous San Francisco landmark, Obama seemed to suggest the problems did not rest entirely with him, but with the country as a whole.
“We have lost our ambition, our imagination, and our willingness to do the things that built the Golden Gate Bridge and Hoover Dam and unleashed all the potential in this country,” he said.
His remarks echo similar comments Obama made last month when he declared America has “gotten a little soft.”
“This is a great great country that had gotten a little soft and we didn’t have that same competitive edge that we needed over the last couple of decades,” Obama told a local NBC station in Orlando, Fla. in September. “We need to get back on track.”
The San Francisco appearance was part of a West Coast swing where the president hobnobbed with celebrities in Los Angeles and made an appearance on “The Tonight Show.”
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