Obama's convention evolution complete | Political Headlines | Comcast On Thursday and now the president, Obama took the stage fighting for his job. "I recognize that times have changed since I first spoke to this convention," Obama said. "The times have changed, and so have I." "I'm no longer just a candidate. I'm the president," he said, drawing cheers from the crowd of 15,000. It was a telling transformation for Obama, locked in a tight re-election battle with Republican Mitt Romney. After taking office with sky-high hopes in 2008, Obama now is hampered by a shaky economy and dampened enthusiasm among his supporters. His prime-time convention speech, delivered two months from Election Day, was meant to set the tone for the campaign's final stretch. So, with thousands in the audience and millions watching from elsewhere, the president asked for more time. Obama urged voters to stay patient even though his economic policies have failed to fully fix the American economy. Once the candidate of hope, Obama's message was hang in there. "America, I never said this journey would be easy, and I won't promise that now," he said, "Yes, our path is harder but it leads to a better place. Yes our road is longer, but we travel it together." What a clown !