In a speech to donors in New York Friday, President Obama tried to make the case for reelecting him using an unusual spin on his typical “change takes time riff.” Specifically, the President drew historical comparisons between what he’s trying to accomplish and the accomplishments of…Nelson Mandela and Gandhi? The President’s quote:
The civil rights movement was hard. Winning the vote for women was hard. Making sure that workers had some basic protections was hard.
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.
What it takes is ordinary citizens who keep believing, who are committed to fighting and pushing and inching this country closer and closer to our highest ideals. And I said in 2008, that I am not a perfect man and I will not be a perfect president. But I promised you back then that I would always tell you what I believe. I would always tell you where I stood.