“I’m proud that we’re finally ready for this election,” President Barack Obama told reporters in the Rose Garden Wednesday as he announced that he’s running for re-election.
“We’ve been waiting for a long time,” he said.
“We’ve waited a long, long time.”
The president said the election was “not just about one man” and that he’d “be glad to be re-elected if I can be reelected.”
He said that he had a long history of campaigning, including in 2008 and 2012, but that the president said he was “sickened” by “the hatred and the vitriol” of his opponent, Mitt Romney.
“The hatred and vitriol has been out there for a while,” he added.
“I don’t want it to get to me.”
“But I’m not going to let it get to you,” Obama said of his own campaign.
“Because I’m going to be here.
I’m committed to making sure that the country is protected.””
I’m going with the confidence of the American people, the confidence that the American dream is real and the American values are real,” he continued.
“And we’re going to take back the country.
And if we don’t take back this country, I don’t know how long it’s going to last.””
The people are sick of this.
They’re sick of politicians telling them what to do,” he declared.
“They’re sick, and they’re tired of the politicians telling you what to think.”
I am not going anywhere.
I am going to do what I do best,” Obama added.
The president noted that he and former first lady Michelle Obama had spent more than 20 years together, which was why they were “always happy to have dinner together.””
They just love me.
They love me for who I am.
There are no good politicians in the world who love me more than I do.”