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Obama: 'I'm no Usain Bolt'

Tuesday, August 14, 2012    

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US President Barack Obama on Sunday cautioned his supporters against complacency, saying that he was no Usain Bolt, and that his re-election campaign would be a fight all the way to the finish line, not an easy jog to victory.

Obama, who created history in 2008 as the first black man to be elected US president, was speaking at a fund-raiser in Chicago attended by approximately 100 people who paid US$40,000 a head for the exclusive invitation.

The event, the third of five fund-raisers scheduled for Sunday, was held in the Hyde Park neighbourhood at the home where he lived before moving to the White House.

Predicting a tough contest with Republican Mitt Romney, Obama said: "This is not going to be a race like Usain Bolt, where we're like 40 yards ahead and we can just kind of start jogging 10 feet before the finish line. We're going to have to run through the tape. But we're really well positioned to not just win, but to keep America moving forward."

Bolt, the Jamaican sprinting legend, blew away all competitors to successfully defend his 100 and 200-metre crowns at the London Olympics, which ended on Sunday.

He also anchored Jamaica's 4x100m team to a world record 36.84 victory that brought the Games to a fitting climax.

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