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Obama Tells Dems They Can Be 'Own Worst Enemies' And Asks For Health Care Unity


It was a fascinating speech - Obama is often at his best when in campaign mode, and tonight was no exception. Obama was determined, clear and funny, reprising the "get a mop" line that Democrats have been using to tweak Republicans lately.

Obama also used some of the same lines he employed often on the campaign trail last year, including one he used against Hillary Clinton, now his secretary of state.

"A lot of people said having hope was naive, that our faith in this country was misplaced," he said.

But the "millions of voices calling for change ... proved there isn't anything false about hope," he said. Sound familiar? It's from the Yes We Can speech in New Hampshire on Jan. 8, 2008.

Obama ran down a checklist of all he's accomplished and reminded supporters it's been just nine months since he took over. He said he won't stop fighting, thanks in part to being encouraged by their activism.

"I didn't run for president to accept mediocrity," Obama said.

Obama said he believes in "a strong and loyal opposition" but blasted those who "decide to wait on the sidelines and root for failure."

He blasted the GOP for rooting for him to fizzle out on Olympic push: "I mean who's against the Olympics? What's up with that? That's a sad thing, isn't it? I don't care if you're Democrat or Republican - it's the Olympics! Come on."

He riffed on the "mop" line and then said Republicans should "feel a little shame, help out a little bit. We all have a responsibility to rise to this occasion."

Be patient, Obama asked his supporters, because "I'm just getting started."

"I don't know about you, but I'm not tired," Obama said. "I feel refreshed, I feel energized, and it's because of you. ... 'Yes we can' wasn't just a motto, that's what we're about."

If you missed it, TPM clipped the video from last night's talk. The choice bits about Democrats and the "bill you least like" are at about 26 minutes in.