Here’s what he had to say:
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.
Now, some, including Real Clear Politics, think the President is comparing himself to Gandhi and Nelson Mandela here.
I’d venture to say that Obama is likening a collective “us” to activists like Gandhi and Mandela. After all, he mentions that “it takes more than a single president” and more than any single individual.
What do you think, you perfect, Gandhi-like angels, you? Have a look and weigh in:
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