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Obama Wept in Bidding Farewell to Election Workers: Video

Nov. 9, 2012
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With the long presidential campaign behind him, U.S. President Barack Obama wiped tears from his eyes as he thanked campaign workers, in a video of the private address released Friday.

In the rare show of emotion, Obama wept as he addressed several hundred young volunteer campaign workers at his Chicago campaign headquarters. The video was taken on Wednesday afternoon, the day after his victory, and posted Friday on the Obama campaign's official YouTube channel.

"Even before last night's results, I felt that the work I have done in running for office had come full circle, because what you guys have done means the work that I have done is important," Obama told the young volunteers, his voice quavering. "And I'm really proud of that, and I'm really proud of all of you."

In the five-minute video, Obama recalls his work as a community organizer in Chicago.

Tim Hagemann, a stress researcher in Bielefeld, said Obama most certainly felt a release of the tension that had built up over the previous weeks.

"This is revealed simply in such deeply felt relief," Hagemann told dpa.

Letting tears flow freely also has a liberating effect, he said. Doctors would recommend Obama take two weeks off and put his legs up, "but I don't believe he will do that," Hagemann said.

On Friday, Obama delivered remarks calling for the divided Congress to get "back to work" to address the so-called fiscal cliff, a batch of severe austerity measures taking effect in January that threaten to throw the US economy into recession unless altered before the end of the year.

Watch the video below:

Source: Copyright 2012 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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