Obama on His Term: 'Three of the Toughest Years This Country Has Gone Through In My Lifetime'

By Terence P. Jeffrey | February 24, 2012 | 5:11 PM EST

President Barack Obama at Disney World in Florida. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

(CNSNews.com) - President Barack Obama told a group of contributors at a campaign fundraiser in Florida on Thursday that his term so far has been "three of the toughest years this country has gone through in my lifetime."

"We've gone through three of the toughest years this country has gone through in my lifetime," Obama said, according to the White House transcript of his remarks.

"And there are a lot of people who are still hurting all across the country--a lot of people here in Florida, a lot of people everywhere," said Obama. "There are still folks whose homes are underwater because the housing market collapsed.  There are people who are still struggling because they can't find a job. There are folks who are just barely able to make ends meet.  And obviously those of us who are here, we've been incredibly blessed. But one of the great things about America and one of the great things about those who are in professional sports is we've all got cousins, uncles, family members who are still struggling and are a reminder that we have a lot more work to do."