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Hang in there, Rocky! Obama to liberals: 'Keep up the fight'

July 26, 2010 | 12:23 pm

Obama-netroots-nationSweaty and battered, the blood-drenched fighter drapes an arm over the ropes of the boxing ring.

Rocky Balboa (played by the Democrats) has taken a beating in the later rounds. He cuts through the swollen bruises, as the bell for the final round is about to ring. (The next fight begins in November.)

Rocky's ever-hopeful coach, Mickey (Barack Obama), shakes a fist and shouts some words of encouragement.

C'mon, Rock!

Actually, it's: "Keep up the fight," President Obama told a nonfictional audience of liberal activists and bloggers at a Las Vegas convention on Saturday. "We can't afford to slide backward. And that's the choice America faces this November."

During Obama's surprise video appearance at the Netroots Nation conference over the weekend, he reassured disgruntled left-wingers worried about tougher legislative bouts if Republicans take over Democrat-held congressional seats in the upcoming election, as predicted.

Rocky  "In ways large and small we've begun to deliver on the change you fought so hard for," Obama said, as reported by the Associated Press. "Change hasn't come fast enough for too many Americans. I know that."

Providing emotional support, Adrian (Nancy Pelosi) introduced Obama's video and watched, perhaps pensively, from the sidelines.

"Your impatience is justified," House Speaker Pelosi told the crowd. "We want to have no regrets."

Keep in mind that, according to the movie scenario, while Pelosi and the liberals would affectionately embrace and profess their love in the end, Rocky loses in the first one.

-- Mark Milian

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Photo, top: Netroots Nation progressive bloggers conference attendees listen to a taped statement from President Obama to the conference in Las Vegas. Credit: Isaac Brekken / MCT. Photo, bottom: Sylvester Stallone as "Rocky." Credit: Associated Press