Obama’s pitch to Iowa Democrats

From tonight’s White House pool report, courtesy of The Washington Examiner’s Brian Hughes:

The video conference began at the Capitol Hilton just after 8:10 p.m. Obama started by reminiscing on his caucus-victory in Iowa four years ago, noting that he has grown “grayer” since his time as a junior senator from Illinois.

Caucus-goers in Coralville, Iowa, cheered loudly as Obama’s video feed graced the screen.

A woman in Coralville asked, “Now in 2012, do you still believe in hope and change in America?”

Obama replied, “In some ways, I’m actually more optimistic now than when I first ran. We’ve already seen change take place. 2012 is about reminding the American people how far we’ve traveled.”

Obama touted the end of the war in Iraq, health care reform and making college more affordable as some of his achievements — a similar message to the “promises” campaign video rolled out this week.

He also said that everybody deserved a “fair shot,” ripping Republicans for supporting “tax cuts for the wealthiest among us.”

Obama then took a question from a caucus-goer in Cedar Rapids.

A woman there asked, “How do you respond do people who say you haven’t done enough?”

“We’ve done a lot and we have a lot more to do,” Obama replied. “That’s why we need four more years.”

He then dismissed that notion as a part of the cable television culture, explaining, “Not that many people watch cable t.v.” and that “Nobody’s a better messenger for the kind of change we’re talking about than you.”

Obama took just two questions. In fact, the event ended so quickly that your pooler missed the escort to the White House (as did a handful of reporters), thus the tardy filing. My apologies.

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