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Candidate Obama to Supporters: 'I'm Fired Up, I Don't Know About Everyone Else'

Pete Souza/The White House(WASHINGTON) -- This was not a conference call you’d have heard in the 2008 presidential campaign.

There was talk of hope. But this time the talk of hope was that of President Obama’s hoping that his supporters from 2008 will still support him organize in 2012, after admittedly a rough few years.

President Obama opened up the call with grassroots supporters across the country Monday evening, after officially launching his re-election bid earlier in the day, by saying, “I’m fired up, I don’t know about everyone else.”

The president admitted that “we may not have the exact same newness in 2008” because there was something “so dramatic” about that process. He noted that the last two years have also taken a toll on him.

“I’m gray, and I’ve got bags under my eyes. You know, I’ve got a few dings and cuts from some of the fights we’ve had in Washington,” he said. But the “core spirit” of 2008, he said, is still there.

“And I hope that you know even though we’re a little older and a little wiser now than we were in 2007, 2008," he said. "I hope everyone is ready to run that race one more time.”

The president took a few questions from supporters who will be put to work mobilizing across the country. The first question was from an organizer who wondered how they should defend him against disillusioned voters who felt that he could have done more for the country.

“I think the first thing is to provide people with what we have accomplished,” Obama said referring to health care reform, financial regulatory reform, the repeal of "don’t ask, don’t tell" and getting the country out of the threat of a depression.

The president added, though, that he also has a year and a half as president left in his first term – so he can tackle things like immigration reform and energy independence.

The president was clear that the campaign, although formally launched with the filing of his papers to the FEC Monday morning, will not yet start formally for him, as he will be “tied up pretty good” being president for the next several months.

“For you the campaign starts now. It’s not going to start for me now, because it turns out that my inbox is pretty full down here in Washington," he said. "And we’re going to have to manage the incredible things that are taking place in the Middle East, we’re going to have to manage our budget process that’s fair and keeps the economy growing, continues to grow jobs."

The president called on his supporters to put in the time and effort now for him.

“I hope you guys are up to it,” Obama concluded the call, “because I know I am.”

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Sen. Schumer Stands by Comments, Says Tea Party 'Extreme'

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., doesn't regret reporters overhearing him telling Democratic colleagues that Republican budget cuts should be painted as "extreme."

Schumer on Sunday stood by the remarks he made when he was apparently unaware that his microphone was open to reporters on a conference call last week.

"I have no problem with reporters hearing that," Schumer told ABC News. "I said a few hours before [the call] on the floor of the Senate. I've said it on this show. The Tea Party is the group standing in the way. They are extreme," he insisted.

"Any group that says you don't cut oil subsidies to companies making billions and billions of dollars – subsidies that were passed when the price of oil was $17 to encourage production, and now the price is over one-hundred [dollars], and at the same time says: cut student aid to help qualified students go to college. Yeah, I believe they're extreme."

On the conference call Schumer said, "I always use the word extreme, that is what the caucus instructed me to do the other week -- extreme cuts and all these riders. And, uh, Boehner's in a box. But if he supports the Tea Party there's going to inevitably [be] a [government] shutdown."

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First Lady To Host Conference Call For Vote 2010 Update

Photo Courtesy -- The White House(WASHINGTON) -- The First Lady is not slated to formally hit the campaign trail until Oct. 13, but on Wednesday “the closer,” as she was affectionately dubbed by her husband, will host a conference call with “Organizing for America” supporters to give an update on the race just four weeks before Election Day.

“She'll talk about the work we've all been doing together and the importance of volunteering in the final four weeks before the November elections,” Mitch Stewart, the Director of OFA, says in an e-mail. He adds, “With so little time until November 2nd, this update with Michelle Obama will be an exciting way to get motivated for the work we have left to accomplish together.”

The call scheduled to take place Oct. 6 at 12 p.m. Eastern time.

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