President Obama reiterated his belief in the set of principles he laid forth in his inaugural address, which was seen as a strongly progressive speech, during a speech to House Democratic Conference at a retreat in Leesburg, Va., Thursday.
"We don't have a monopoly on wisdom. We need to remember that," Obama said.
He continued: "Despite all those things, I think it's also important for us to feel confident and bold about the values we care about and what we stand for. I tried to do that in my inauguration speech and I'm hoping that we all do that over the [next four] years…. That starts with an economy that works for everybody. Throughout my campaign and throughout many of your campaigns, we talked about this bedrock notion that our economy succeeds and our economy grows when everybody is getting a fair shot and everybody is getting a fair shake, and everybody is playing by the same rules."