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?"