Obama Tells Black Lawmakers, 'There's an Extra Spring in My Step Tonight'

By Susan Jones | September 19, 2016 | 5:37am EDT
President Barack Obama arrives at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

(CNSNews.com) - As of early Monday morning, President Obama had made no public comment on a series of weekend bombings, attempted bombings and stabbings in three states, but he did make time to address a Congressional Black Caucus awards dinner Saturday night and a Democrat fundraiser Sunday night.

At Saturday's event, Obama thanked the assembled guests, then joked: "There’s an extra spring in my step tonight. I don't know about you guys, but I am so relieved that the whole birther thing is over.

"I mean, ISIL, North Korea, poverty, climate change -- none of those things weighed on my mind -- (laughter) -- like the validity of my birth certificate.  (Laughter.)  

"And to think that with just 124 days to go, under the wire, we got that resolved.  (Laughter.)  I mean, that’s a boost for me in the home stretch.  In other breaking news, the world is round, not flat.  Lord."

Contemplating the end of his two terms as president, Obama also told the CBC that whenever he or his wife Michelle travel around the country, "folks come up and they say, oh, we’re so sad to see you go.  And I really appreciate that."  

Obama said his election to the highest office in the land "wasn't about me...It wasn't just to be a black president, or the president of black America.  We understood the power of the symbol.  We know what it means for a generation of children, of all races, to see folks like us in the White House.

"And as Michelle says, we’ve tried to be role models, not just for our own girls, but for all children, because we know they watch everything we do as adults.  They look to us as an example.  So we’ve taken that responsibility seriously."

He thanked his wife and black lawmakers, "because you guys have lifted us up every step of the way.

"Now, we know, however, that what matters most for our community is not just the symbol, not just having an African American president.  It’s having a president who’s going to do his or her darndest to make the right decisions, and fight the right fights.  And think about the fights that we’ve waged together these past eight years...."

The bomb attack on a Marine Corps charity run in Seaside Park, New Jersey happened Saturday morning. But when Obama spoke to the CBC, the Saturday night stabbings at a mall in St. Cloud, Minn. and the explosions in Manhattan had not yet happened.

However, all three attacks had happened by the time Obama attended a Democrat fundraiser in New York on Sunday night, and a transcript shows he made no comment on the attacks at that event. A fourth attempted attack, on a train station in Elizabeth, New Jersey, was discovered after Obama had left the fundraiser.

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