Obama to announce candidacy in Springfield

January 11, 2016


The president will return to Springfield this month. Mr. Obama announced his candidacy for president in 2007 on the Old state Capitol steps in Springfield. He now returns to Illinois General Assembly 9 years later.

The White House Press Secretary, Josh Earnest said that the president’s remarks will be “about what we can do together as a country to build a better politics and one that reflects our better self.”

When the president spoke in January at the State if the Union speech he asked Americans this question “How can we make our politics reflect what’s best in us, and not what’s worst?”

He stated the same in 2007 when announcing his candidacy, he said “In the face of a politics that’s shut you out, that’s told you to settle, that’s divided us for too long, you believe we can be one people, reaching for what’s possible, building that more perfect union,”

Critics say that in the 9 years the president has been in power the nation’s politics has become more divisive. With this divide in politics comes the forceful polar opposites that have aligned to oppose the president.

Gov. Bruce Rauner in his statement said that he is looking forward to “hearing [Obama] speak about finding common ground between Republicans and Democrats.”

“Despite our political differences, the President and I share a passion for improving education, especially for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, a belief in the benefits of term limits and redistricting reform for restoring good government, and a strong desire to see more economic opportunity for all Illinoisans”.