President Barack Obama had a message to a major progressive conference Saturday: mission partially accomplished.
"We've got a lot more work to do, especially when it comes to getting our fellow Americans back to work," he said in a recorded video message to the annual Netroots Nation convention.
Thanking his supporters there, Obama acknowledged that "change," his 2008 election slogan, "is hard."
The health care law that he lobbied then signed was central to his nearly five-minute remarks to the progressive gathering.
Organizers describe the conference as a "giant family reunion for the left," and his remarks could be seen as an attempt to rekindle the excitement of any grassroots supporters whose flames have dampened given the realities of governing in Washington, D.C.
Obama ticked off successes and progress on his 2008 campaign pledges, including moves toward clean energy, increased fuel efficiency standards, repeal of a policy banning open homosexuals from serving in the military, ending the Iraq war and the killing of Osama bin Laden.
"That's just a short list," he said. "I know some of you keep the full list on your blogs. Feel free to spread it around."
To tell the story of health reform, Obama introduced video footage of a Colorado family whose son, Nathan, requires expensive medical treatments to treat his hemophilia.
Nathan, diagnosed at age 6, within years encountered a lifetime cap on coverage from two insurance companies, the video said.
"The affordable care act has improved our quality of life, knowing that we don't have to deal with the cap anymore means we can focus on the best care and the proper care for his condition," Nathan's father, Thomas, said.
As much as a highlight reel of major accomplishments, Obama's remarks were also a call to action.
"Now is the time to dig deep," he said.