Obama on Running for President in 2004: ‘I Rank 99th in Seniority in the Senate… I Will Be Sharpening Pencils and Sweeping Up’

November 26, 2012 - 1:27 PM
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Then-newly elected Senator Barack Obama didn’t think much of his prospects for running for president in 2004, saying, “I rank 99th in seniority in the United States Senate...I will be sharpening pencils and sweeping up when I get to Washington.”