Obama lowers ‘first 100 days’ expectations in KBCO interview

Talking Wednesday morning with KBCO’s Bret Saunders, Barack Obama tamped down expectations for the first hundred days of the next administration. “It’s probably going to be more like the first thousand days that makes a difference,” Obama said in an interview with the Boulder radio station.

The first hundred days is going to be important, but it’s probably going to be more like the first thousand days that makes a difference. Most of the big challenges that we face, whether it’s making college more affordable, or fixing our health care system so it works for everybody, or making sure that we’ve got a serious energy strategy, or winding down the war in Iraq, all those things are probably going to take longer than three months to complete.

But I do think the next president’s got to come quickly out of the box and focus on making sure that we’re not losing any time in getting our economy back on track. People are really hurting right now, and they can’t afford an administration that’s gonna be doing some of the same stuff that got us in this mess in the first place.

Obama said he was “thrilled” to see the size of crowds that turned out earlier this week on his campaign swing through Colorado. “They understand, this is a big one, this makes a real difference,” Obama said.

The Obama campaign on Wednesday announced the candidate will be returning to the state Sunday for a rally in Pueblo but did not release details. It will be his fourth campaign trip to Colorado since accepting the nomination at the DNC in August.

Listen to the interview here.

Saunders ends the interview saying he hopes “we get a John Coltrane, Bob Dylan, Miles Davis fan in the White House.”

“I will put my iPod up against any former or future president,” Obama responded. “I know my music.”

h/t Politico’s Ben Smith.

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