January 2nd, 2008
11:55 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama to Iowa: You have this unique privilege

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - Over chants of "Obama-0-8," his voice hoarse and
wife Michelle at his side, Barack Obama took a bow and said "I love you
back," to an electric crowd Wednesday night at the end of his last speech
before the Iowa caucuses.

Obama spent the day driving and flying around the state, delivering his
closing arguments and reminding Iowans, "you have this unique privilege,
exercise it, it will only take a few hours. You will have performed one of
the most important functions in our democracy."

In Coralville, Obama made a last-minute pitch to independent and undecided
voters as well as first-time caucus-goers saying the media doesn’t believe
they’ll show up for him. "Prove them wrong!" he cried.  In Waterloo, the
campaign handed out fliers to supporters with the names of two people in
their neighborhoods to call to try to get them to caucus for Obama.

"You have inspired me. But now, it really matters.  All the rallies, all the
excitement, all the fun, all this behind us," Obama told the crowd of 2,100
back in Des Moines, and asking, "do we show up, do we stand up, do we reach
for what is possible tomorrow?"

- CNN Political Producer Alexander Marquardt

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soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. Les

    I've just called the office of Governor Richardson a few minutes ago. Obama staff and journalists covering for Obama are claiming Richardson is asking his supporters to caucus for Obama in the second round if he doesn't make it to the 15% required in Iowa.

    I like Governor Richardson so much, I have a lot of respect for him, I would vote for him if he's the nominee for the democratic party. I called his HQ in NM, the Office In Charge told me there is NO TRUTH what the people of Obama are claiming. In fact Governor Richardson released a public statement there is NO truth what has been reported by the press and staff working for Obama.

    The ONLY reason press for Obama and Staff LIED, because OBAMA himself is the BIGGEST liar of them all.

    I'm totally DISGUSTED with Obama, he LIED so much he can't see the truth anymore!

    January 3, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  2. charles enoch

    were's the new poll at..that shows BO leading edwards and clinton..that just cam out last night.....on clinton News Netwoth...Zigby poll

    January 3, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  3. Gary

    I would like to think for once, that there is a man that could be in the white House
    who would have a sense of realism and hope to the common person, and a person whom could feel the pain of the poor. There are more than 40 millons
    Americans who does not have health insurance.(that right 40 million) for once
    this country can stand tall again, and not be look at like some kind evil empire
    we need a man like Obama in the white house. people talk and experience,
    but you have to remember this, each and every man that has came and went from the white house had no experience. look at the mess we are in now, can it get any worse. people are losing there homes.. the war.. no jobs.... and you have people in the white house that could not care less.. really folks..just think about it.. there is a program on (starz on demand) and you should see how much that is war has been out souce.. i mean even down to the last meal..

    January 3, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  4. Gary

    it's really a sad state of affairs. dang(@ (Bush).. glad i did not vote for a loser and or lier.

    January 3, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  5. Teresa M

    I have been listening to all of the candidates since the debates and for whatever reason Obama has not completly settled with me. I began listening to his wife the other night where she spoke to alot of elderly voters and I sinced a little bit of resentment from her when she spoke of her and Boracks past as if someone had really done them wrong. She appeared very uneasy and I realized she was the only black american in the room. How would she and Borack cope in the White House? How would he handle foreign policy if situations such as these are not handle in such a way that a common every hard working American can look at them and say "Wow....he made a difference". The only other person in history that brings to mind as far as Democrates that had this "X" factor was John F. Kennedy. This man knew of toughness and still maintained diplomacy when it was needed. I pray for our leaders no matter who they are. We need to lift them up, but we always need to use our minds AND hearts when electing them. That is what makes America so great.

    January 3, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  6. Nelson, Colorado Springs Co

    Barack Obama has a unique privillege like every American to run for president. No one has experince being president. It is on the job training

    January 3, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  7. Coby


    January 3, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  8. AJ, IL

    Come on Iowa, vote for change! Caucaus for Obama! America and the world are watching.

    OBAMA in '08!

    January 3, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  9. oh

    Obama represents everything genuine and sincere???he took money from the lobbist and have a lobbist as the national campaign co-chair.

    January 3, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  10. Gary

    Nelson, you are so right.. some people think when somebody runs for president
    that thye have some kind of super human know how.. but that is not the cast..
    there have been so many people whom ran for president without no experince
    and the fact is they have won the white house.

    January 3, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  11. AJ, IL


    OBAMA IN '08!

    January 3, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  12. Mark

    Experience is way over-hyped. No one has experience being president of the U.S. until they have actually been the president. And none of the presidential candidates has been president. Period. And besides, we shouldn't expect the president to be experienced in every aspect of running the country. That is what a president's Cabinet is for. Judgement and character are what are important, and Obama scores high on both of these qualities.

    All of the other main candidates supported Bush's irrational decision to invade Iraq despite the fact that there was no link between Iraq and 9/11. This was absolutlely shameful and cowardly and it has led to the deaths of almost 4000 young American soliders, and God only knows how many tens of thousands of Iraqis. This in itself should say something about the judgement and character (or lack thereof) of the other Democrat front-runners.

    Go Obama! You will have my vote!

    January 3, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  13. David Schultz

    Why are so many of the commentors so illiterate? Can't you use some proper spelling and grammar?

    January 3, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  14. William James

    Good friends of Iowa, please disregard the fearmongers and paid Hillary bloggers on sites like these. Strike a blow for humanity, and VOTE BARACK!

    January 3, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  15. William James

    VOTE BARACK! Together we can make this happen.

    January 3, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  16. charles enoch

    why do so many hate this guy so much?.....is it his color..is it what he represents..what is it....he's no treat to anybody but Hilliary and the old guard......they don't represent our generation anymore its time to kick their ass's out..its time for a change...you should embrace change..after all it is the old guard that messed this country up..so when someone new comes a round and wants change...we say he's to naive..different color....or he's dreaming..to inexperience...i know way some of you want vote for him...but besides that..what else..he's reaching across to independence..he's reaching across to the other side..sorry peoples..time for a change...lets kick all of their old ass's out...Bush's..Clinton's..who want that...lies ...deceptions...poor peoples dieing...rich getting richer...Its time to take back America my peoples..WAKE UPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP

    January 3, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  17. Anthony, Miami (Tancredo's 3rd world), FL

    This thread alone is the best support for the argument that our education system is broken. With a few obvious exceptions, the each entry is riddled with grammar and spelling mistakes.

    But what do I know, they don't even teach English down here in the third world.

    January 3, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  18. Scott, Madison, WI

    So some doom and gloom idiots were willing to vote into office a doofus, pseudo-cowboy from a Crawford ranch – make that Kenebunkport – with a privileged upbringing and history of piss poor business dealings who couldn't even pee in a cup prior to whatever National Guard service he actually fulfilled; an actor who happened to be a governor of a big state with absolutely zilch experience when it came to foreign policy who put into place a nightmare economic theory – trickle down anyone? – and was likely in the early stages of Alzheimer's during his term – but we'll never know if that daffy ass attitude was real or disease-based; and now they want to accuse candidates of being an empty suit, a terrorist and inexperienced?

    January 3, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  19. Scott, Royal Oak, MI

    Anthony from Miami:

    Those in glass houses should not throw stones. You wrote an entire post criticizing "grammar and spelling mistakes." You should re-read your second sentence carefully.

    January 3, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  20. Scott, Royal Oak, MI

    Scott from Madison, WI: GREAT post. My sentiments exactly, only stated way better than I could.

    January 3, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  21. Chris, Middletown, CT

    I'm a Republican....his consistency of his message and honesty should be enough to win over any Democrat.....anyone who votes for Hillary (ever) baffles me....she is the anti-Obama...lies....totally inconsistent message....backs licensing illegal aliens....then doesn't....

    If my party isn't smart enough to nominate the only moderate running (Giuliani) – and the Democrats are smart enough to nominate Obama....then he will have my vote...(and many Republicans here in CT)

    Make the smart choice....people hate Hillary....its not rhetoric....we can all site specific examples...each being true...

    January 3, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  22. Scott, Madison, WI

    Scott from Royal Oak: (I knew there was a reason the badger and wolverine got along).

    Requesting exception for MY misspelling of K-e-n-N-ebunkport! My apologies to all the Mainers in the Pine Tree State! Dirigo!

    January 3, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  23. Robert

    It is very apparent that from reading, most of you are fanatically supporting one person or the other (most Obama). Why do you expect everyone else to fall in line with your thinking? Where are your facts about what your candidate is like? He or she is a 'good and honest person' is not necessarily the qualification that makes a good President. Yes, we would like to have a 'good and honest' President, but if you think a person will get things done in Washington without cutting deals and scratching backs, you are sadly mistaken.

    Show me the FACTS about why your candidate is the best one rather than rabid statements that lean more towards slandering the opponents.

    Also, as Scott above said.....if you are going to critique someone's grammer, better make sure that your own is perfect.

    January 3, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
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