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CNN) -- Following this week's tough talks on the global financial crisis, President Obama on Friday shifted his tone to reflect upon his regrets, his frustrations and his hopes for the younger generation.
Obama's remarks came after a woman from Heidelberg, Germany, asked if he ever regretted having run for president. The question yielded a lengthy response from Obama, who is participating in his first overseas trip in office.
"That's a good question," Obama said at a packed town hall meeting in Strasbourg, France. "Michelle definitely asked that question.
"You know, there have been times, certainly during the campaign, and there have been times over the last several months where you feel a lot of weight on your shoulders. There's no doubt about it," the president said.
With his wife, Michelle, looking on, Obama continued, "During the campaign, the biggest sacrifice -- the thing that was most difficult was that I was away from my family all the time." Video Watch Obama weigh in on his regrets and sacrifices »
The president joked that he was jealous of not only Europe's high-speed rail but also the fact that campaigns there only last a few months.
Obama announced that he was running for president on February 10, 2007, and was inaugurated nearly two years later.
Originally posted by MissysWorld
Obama might not regret running for President, but most Americans DO regret that he was elected
containing unproven absolutes.