Valerie Jarrett: If Re-Elected, Obama's 'Going to Spend a Lot More Time Traveling Around the Country'

By Susan Jones | October 31, 2012 | 9:17 AM EDT

Senior Adviser to the President Valerie Jarrett (Photo from White House Web site)

( - Valerie Jarrett, the senior adviser to President Barack Obama, says her boss wants to spend more time on the road if he's re-elected.

Obama, who has campaigned practically non-stop for months, finds it "energizing," Jarrett said Saturday in an interview with MSNBC's "Morning Joe"  in Nashua, N.H.

"Everybody has always said that you really can't be prepared to be the president, and then until you're the president, you don't know exactly what it's going to be like," Jarrett said.

"And so I think one of the things that he (Obama) has said, upon reflection, is that he's going to spend a lot more time traveling around the country. A day like today (campaigning in Nashua) is energizing, and the American people are hungry to be engaged, and he wants to be able to spend more time doing it. And that will hold Congress accountable. What you saw today -- the enthusiasm -- we have to keep that energy going, not just through the election to make sure he's re-elected, but into his second term.

"As you know, what we said in the last campaign was 'Yes, we can,' not 'Yes, I can,' for the president. He cannot take on these challenges alone. We need to keep the kind of crowd we had in New Hampshire, that we've seen all over the country, going past the election. We need to win the election, and then we need to move into a second term, and we need to bring our country forward together. And that's what President Obama's absolutely committed to doing."

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The interview with Jarrett was recorded on Saturday and it aired on Monday's "Morning Joe."

President Obama went to Nashua on Saturday, ahead of the storm. "This is an unbelievable crowd," he said before launching into his stump speech. And if he needed a boost from the crowd, he got it.

Someone in the audience shouted, "We love you!" "I love you back," Obama said to applause.

Later, there was another interruption: "We believe in you!" someone yelled. "I appreciate that," Obama responded. And a third interruption came when the crowd chanted, "Four more years." "You can do it, Mr. President," someone shouted. "Well, I’m going to do it with you. We can do it together," the president said to more applause.

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