“Suddenly, everybody was back in line. Now, the reason for that is because the base believed it. The base believed it because this had been told to them not just by the president, but by the media that they watch and nobody stood up and said, ‘Stop. This is enough. This is not true.’
“I won’t say nobody. Let me correct it. There were some very brave people who did their jobs, like the secretary of state in Georgia, who was then viciously attacked for it. And all those congressmen started looking around and they said, ‘You know what? I’ll lose my job. I’ll get voted out of office.’
“Another way of saying this is, I didn’t expect that there would be so few people who would say, ‘Well, I don’t mind losing my office because this is too important. America’s too important.'” – Barack Obama, speaking to CNN’s Anderson Cooper last night.