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Updated: Emotional Obama thanks campaign workers after winning re-election

President Barack Obama tears up while addressing campaign staff at his re-election headquarters in Chicago. The president swung by the campaign hub the morning after Election Day.

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President Barack Obama tears up while addressing campaign staff at his re-election headquarters in Chicago. The president swung by the campaign hub the morning after Election Day.

Patrick Svitek, Online Managing Editor

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Updated, 8 p.m. Thursday:

The Obama campaign this evening posted a full version of the president’s remarks to his campaign staff the morning after Election Day.

Original post:

A misty-eyed President Barack Obama thanked campaign workers at their Chicago headquarters on Wednesday morning, calling them his “source of hope” as he enters his second term in the White House.

“That’s why even before last night’s results, I feel like the work that I had done in running for office comes full circle because what you guys have done means that the work I’m doing is important,” Obama said, according to a video of the surprise visit shared with The Daily. “And I’m really proud of that. I’m really proud of all of you.”

The president’s voice then falters as tears stream down his face and he reaches to wipe them away. Campaign staff can be heard applauding Obama as he pauses to collect himself.

“And what you guys (have done) will go on in the annals of history and people will read about it and they’ll marvel about it, but the most important thing you need to know is your journey’s just beginning,” Obama continued.

The president’s drop-in at the campaign hub off Michigan Avenue lasted about half an hour, according to a White House pool report. Obama reportedly shook hands with most people in the room after wrapping up his brief remarks.

Hours earlier, Obama declared victory at an Election Night rally at McCormick Place, promising thrilled supporters that the “best is yet to come” in his presidency.

On Wednesday morning, Obama told his campaign faithful that he remembers them every time he becomes frustrated with political obstacles.

“That’s the source of my hope. That’s the source of my strength and inspiration,” Obama said. “And I know that you guys won’t disappoint me because I’ve already seen who you guys are. And you’re all incredible people and you’ve lifted me up each and every step of the way. Thank you, guys.”

— Patrick Svitek

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