NEW YORK, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama said Tuesday "all that hopey changey stuff" from his 2008 campaign "was real" and it's "still there."
Speaking to an audience at a political fundraiser in New York, Obama recalled a line from a speech by 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin in which she ridiculed the themes of his presidential campaign by referring to "hopey changey stuff." Without mentioning Palin by name, he told his audience Tuesday: "All that hopey changey stuff, as they say? That was real. It wasn't something ... it was real, you could feel it. You know it. It's still there.
"Even in the midst of this hardship. But it's hard," he said.
"I need your help to finish what we started in 2008."
Obama said the U.S. economic crisis had built up for years and "it was going to take us years to fully recover. The question now is not whether people are still hurting. Of course people are still hurting."
"The question is not whether this country has gone through hard times, the question is where does this country go next."
Reminding his audience that healthcare reform legislation and the repeal of the ban on military service by openly gay people had been passed during his term in office, Obama made a pitch for the American Jobs Act he proposed last week.
"Every proposal (in the bill) has been supported by Democrats and Republicans in the past," he said. "Congress should pass that jobs bill right away."