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Gov. Patrick to Obama: Stop being so modest

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Deval Patrick has some advice for his good friend President Obama: Stop being so modest.

A day after giving a well-received speech here, the Massachusetts governor told reporters Wednesday morning that the president needed to brag more about his accomplishments in the campaign’s final stretch.

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Patrick drove that point home by recounting a conversation he had with Obama as he was revving up his own push for a second term as Massachusetts governor. At the time, Patrick said, he told the president he wasn’t looking forward to talking up his record.

“And he looked me in the eye and he said, ‘Deval,’ he said, ‘get over it,’ ” Patrick said after speaking at a healthcare event hosted by Service Employees International Union and Families USA.

“And I’ve been saying to the president in the campaign, they need to get over the bragging, too.”

Obama himself has said that, while he is known for giving good speeches, he doesn’t think his administration has done a great job of selling his policies.

The president told CBS News in July that his biggest mistake over the last three and a half years was not realizing that a big part of his job is “to tell a story to the American people that gives them a sense of unity and purpose and optimism, especially during tough times.”

Aides have also said that the White House could have done a better job laying out what was in the stimulus package and healthcare law.

Patrick and the president are known to be close, with Hillary Clinton’s campaign even charging Obama with plagiarism in 2008 for using lines similar to Patrick’s.

In his Tuesday speech to the delegates, the Massachusetts governor also asserted that Democrats could be more forceful in discussing issues like the healthcare overhaul, the end of “Don’t ask, don’t tell” and the auto bailout.

“The list of accomplishments is long, impressive and barely told — even more so when you consider that congressional Republicans have made obstruction itself the centerpiece of their governing strategy,” Patrick said.

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