Obama stopped by the Obama for America headquarters on Wednesday to thank his volunteers for giving him their time and effort over course of the long campaign, and all that hope and change made him tear up a little bit.
"I first moved to Chicago at the age of 25 and I had this vague inkling of how to make a difference, but I didn't really know how to do it," he told them. But he was able to get a job as a community organizer on the south side of Chicago, and that job taught him about people's hopes and dreams, and it made him a man.
"What Bobby Kennedy called the 'ripples of hope' that come out when you throw a stone in a lake, that's going to be you," he said, putting a finger to his right eye. It was the first clue of the water works to come:
"Wherever you guys end up, in whatever states, in whatever capacities, whether you're in the private sector or the not-for-profit, or some of you decide to go into the public service... you're just going to do great things! And that's why, even before last night's results, I felt that the work that I had done in running for office had come full circle..."
This is where the President started to stammer and lose himself. You can hear David Axelrod in the background saying, "Barack, calm down." (David Axelrod is a really good friend, you guys. He knows when you're about to cry.)
The President took a moment to collect himself:
"Because what you guys have done means the work that I'm doing is important, and I'm really proud of all of that. I'm really proud of all of you."
Aaaaand cue the water works:
The room erupted with applause once the President started crying. This wasn't a campaign stump speech. This was real, genuine honest emotion from a politician. And the President of the United States no less! (Thankfully someone was videotaping it.)
He wiped away one final tear before finishing his speech:
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