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Remarks by the President in Parma, OH

Remarks by the President in Parma, OH

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Remarks by the President at a Campaign Event
White House Press Office [noreply@messages.whitehouse.gov]
Thursday, July 05, 2012 10:09 PM
Seher, Jason - Time U.S. <jason_seher@timemagazine.com>
THE WHITE HOUSEOffice of the Press Secretary________________________________________________________________For Immediate Release July 5, 2012 REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENTAT A CAMPAIGN EVENT James Day ParkParma, Ohio 8:13 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Parma! Hello, Ohio! (Applause.) Well,it is good to be in Parma. Everybody have a seat who can sit down. (Laughter.) It is good to be here, and this -- now, this is theright time for a rally. (Applause.) Now things have cooled off alittle bit. And I had a beer in Amherst, at Ziggy’s, so I’m feelinggood. (Laughter and applause.) Feeling steady. (Applause.) I want to first of all -- I want everybody to give Wendy a biground of applause for the introduction. (Applause.) We’ve got someoutstanding Ohioans in the house. (Applause.) First of all, theMayor of Parma, Tim DeGeeter is here. (Applause.) Stand up, Tim,so everybody can see you. There you go. (Applause.) I don’t knowwho the guy holding the Mayor is, but -- (laughter) -- no. CHILD: That’s Jack! THE PRESIDENT: Oh, that’s Jack. (Laughter.) Got it. You guys have some of the best members of Congress from thisarea. And nobody is fighting harder than your outstanding Senator,Sherrod Brown. (Applause.) And his outstanding wife, Connie, who Ilove. We love Connie. (Applause.) Although, Connie, I did tellSherrod he can take his tie off. I mean, it’s eight o’clock. We’re
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in a park. (Laughter.) It’s hot. (Laughter.) But, anyway, youkeep on working on him. (Laughter.) Two outstanding congresswomen who are looking after Ohio’smiddle class every single day -- Betty Sutton is here -- (applause)-- and Marcy Kaptur is here. (Applause.) And I could not beprouder to have as one of my campaign co-chairs, your formerGovernor, the outstanding Ted Strickland is here. (Applause.) AUDIENCE MEMBER: And an outstanding President! THE PRESIDENT: Oh, and an outstanding President, okay. (Laughter and applause.) Now, I just want to first of all say thank you, guys, fortaking your time to come out. I hope everybody had a wonderfulFourth of July. We had a little barbecue in my backyard. (Laughter.) It was little. Had a few fireworks. Some of you knowthat Malia turned 14 yesterday. (Applause.) And she is just anincredible young lady, just like Sasha is. Now, she used to beyoung enough where I could convince her that all these fireworkswere for her birthday. (Laughter.) But she doesn’t believe meanymore. (Laughter.) And Michelle sends her love. (Applause.) Malia was having asleepover with some of her friends, and Michelle thought, you can’tjust have a house full of girls and no parental supervision. (Laughter.) So, just letting you know. But she says hi, the girlssay hi, and Bo says hi. (Applause.) Now, you may not have noticed, but we’re in the middle ofcampaign season here. And this will be -- one way or another, thiswill be my last campaign, which gets me to thinking about my firstcampaign. And I was a lawyer and I was teaching law, and this seat-- the state Senate seat came up, and I told Michelle some peoplehad talked to me about running for office, what did she think, andshe said, well, that’s a dumb idea. (Laughter.) But after I explained to her why I thought it might make sensefor me to run, she joined in. And we didn’t have a budget, wedidn’t have TV ads. We printed a bunch of stuff at Kinko’s --(laughter) -- and we had a few friends who volunteered, and westarted knocking on doors, and I’d go in front of the grocery store
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and I’d shake hands. And we would march in parades -- in fact, theFourth of July parade in Hyde Park, back in Chicago, they had atradition where they made folks who were in office or running foroffice dress up. And somebody had an outfit for me; it was sort oflike a minuteman outfit with, like, a hat -- (laughter) -- and sortof the cutoff pants. And my legs are kind of skinny, so I didn’tlook very good in it. (Laughter.) AUDIENCE MEMBER: (Whistles.) (Laughter.) THE PRESIDENT: And then I won that race, and so I served inthe state Senate, and then I got the idea of running for the UnitedStates Senate after serving eight years in the state Senate. And Idecided to go to Michelle and ask her what she thought, and shesaid, well, that’s a dumb idea. (Laughter.) But because I had hada chance as a state senator to travel the whole state of Illinois --which is a lot like Ohio; it’s a mix of big cities and ruralcommunities and folks from every walk of life -- and I started justtraveling the state. And I’d go to state fairs and we’d go tocounty fairs, and we’d stop in little towns and meet folks and go toVFW halls. And what I realized during that Senate race, and what Irealized when I first ran for the state Senate, was the reason I gotinto politics was because in this country there is this coreAmerican idea that we celebrated yesterday -- and that is if youwork hard, if you take responsibility for yourself and your family,and you don’t get discouraged when you hit some setbacks, you canmake it if you try. (Applause.) The basic American bargain thatsays it doesn’t matter what you look like, where you come from,where you worship, the idea is that you don’t have to be born intofame or fortune -- if you're willing to apply yourself and workhard, you can make it. You can follow your dreams. (Applause.) And the reason I got into that first race way back when, andthe reason I ran for the Senate, and ultimately, the reason I ranfor President, was because that had been available for my family. My grandparents participated in World War II -- my grandfatherfought in Patton's Army, and my grandmother worked on a bomberassembly line. But when my grandfather came back, he was able tostudy on the GI Bill, and they were able to buy their first homewith some help from the FHA. America gave them that opportunity --didn’t give them a handout, but gave them that chance.
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