During an economic address
in Cleveland, Ohio, in 2010, for example, he said "Instead of setting our sights higher, they're asking us to settle for a status quo of stagnant growth and eroding competitiveness and a shrinking middle class. Cleveland, that is not the America I know. That is not the America we believe in."
The use of the "America I know" refrain was also a common phrase for former president George W. Bush.
In the days after the 9/11 attacks, for example, Bush spoke
about his view of the country during a visit to an Islamic center.
"Women who cover their heads in this country must feel comfortable going outside their homes. Moms who wear cover must be not intimidated in America," he said. "That's not the America I know. That's not the America I value."