January 2nd, 2008
11:55 PM ET
7 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. james tanaka

    True, Senator Obama is a good speaker. But words are not what it takes to make an effective and efficient President of the most powerful nation in the world, the USA. I personally believe his lack of experience will take toll on the presidency. Just as how simply he takes for granted the blood of the victims in the hands of the dictators by giving them the joy to be with him unconditionally if ever he gets elected. Now, did he say a line about his father's country, Kenya, which is in turmoil and chaos? A son must never turn back his roots.

    It is the privilege of the Iowans to remind him not to rush his ambition and wake him up that skillfulness in speaking does not make one good President.

    I've been following the US presidential campaign by both parties and it sure is quite interesting.

    January 3, 2008 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
  2. Ross Lippincott; Davenport Iowa.

    I am caucasing My girlfriend is caucasing her mother and cousin are caucusing her 18 year old daughter and her boyfriend are causing and my son are all caucasing for Barack Obama. And boy am I glad this thing is almost over!!

    OBAMA/08!!!!!

    January 3, 2008 03:01 am at 3:01 am |
  3. voter in ohio

    good article on obama, great reporting on a riveting campaign

    January 3, 2008 03:27 am at 3:27 am |
  4. Cindy

    Americans have already had this unique priviledge 8 and 4 years ago. Bush said during his first campaign that Washington politicans can not be trusted to fix Americans problems. So elect me George Bush. Obama has said the same thing. Neither had or has any idea what their talking about.

    Inexperince has gotten thousands of brave soliders dead in Iraq and no way out. And inexperience cost hundreds of New Orleans their lives. And Obama is a politican who has burned bridges and played games to become the Senator he is today. How do you think he got the money to run his campaign? Being a politican makes you dirty in the first place. Favors for political contribtions goes back to George Washington. There is no Mr. Clean politican out there, only a con job on the American people. The only politican above it, is a politican that you have never heard of.

    January 3, 2008 04:13 am at 4:13 am |
  5. rdierker

    Obama rallies are so inspirational. I can't wait until Obama's message of unity spreads all over the world. There really is a brighter future on its way. Obama will lead us to a brighter day

    January 3, 2008 04:54 am at 4:54 am |
  6. Cindy

    When my mother called yesterday to wish me a happy new year from Florida
    she told me Obama thinks he can go to Washington and change everything. He does not realize that nothing gets passed in D C without the right connections and experience. That is why she tells me her and my dad ( a Regan Republican) are strongly supporting Hillary.

    January 3, 2008 04:57 am at 4:57 am |
  7. Jeremy

    What nobody has answered for me all this while, is what Obama has ever done in his life to warrant the highest political position in the world?

    January 3, 2008 05:41 am at 5:41 am |
  8. alan St Louis MO

    TIME TO PUT AN END TO THE CLINTON BUSH DYNSTIE
    TIME TO PUT AN END TO THE LAST 20 YEARS OF WHITE HOUSE CRIMES

    January 3, 2008 06:02 am at 6:02 am |
  9. ALex

    Obama is really the one and I strongly agree when he says our moment is now. It will take decades for another politician to bring such excitement, enthusiam and devotion.
    Change will happens when Barack is president.

    January 3, 2008 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  10. Glenn,B'ham,Al

    If you don't want business as usual Obama is a good choice. A close look at Clinton proves she is more like Bush than any other democrat. Edwards just seems like a used car salesman to me. When it gets to Alabama, unless there is a major shake up, Obama is my choice.

    January 3, 2008 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  11. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Obama is naive to think that his niceness will have any success changing a political culture in which aggressive confrontation of the enemy is required. He is unelectable by the American populace inb the general. His candidacy is a curiosity and he is not ready for prime time.

    January 3, 2008 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  12. ALex

    However, The only thing i suspect that can stop Obama from winning tonight, is a Clinton willing to defeat Obama so bad, asking her supporters to caucus for John Edwards. In this case, she will end up in third place but will kill an Obama mumentum to the nomination.
    Otherwise, it's Obama's time.

    January 3, 2008 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  13. Roy

    What is unique? His looks? His Attitude? His Personality? or his attacks?

    Whatever it is GOOD Luck

    January 3, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  14. John, Baltimore

    Why would anyone elect an islamic extremist operative like Hussein Osama? He was educated at an Indonesian Madrassa!

    January 3, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  15. OBAMA HAS DONE NOTHING BUT TALK

    UNIQUE PRIVELEDGE- Any President elect of the United States is a unique priveledge. OBAMA is the most arrogant empty-suit that has ever graced politics for the two years he has been in it!

    You guilty Obama voters are shameful. We shouldn't be voting on the merit of making history because he is a partially black candidate. We should be voting on the merits of experience WHAT HAS HE DONE TO EARN THAT SINGLE VOTE???

    TALK. That's it. Foolish people-all he does is talk!

    January 3, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  16. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Obama is correct; people need to show up at the caucuses to make a difference. I think people who rally for a candidate or a cause and don't vote are hypocrites. We, as Americans, should be learning about how the government functions and working within it to change what we don't like. If you want someone elected president, talk to your friends and make sure that they are convinced to vote and vote your way.

    When it comes to supporters of Ron Paul, I think that they are all hype and no action. Yes, it is great that they raised all this money for him, but are they going out to the polls for him? I doubt that will happen because they can't tear themselves away from their computers or t.v.'s to do it - vote.

    January 3, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  17. Tim, Northern VA

    Barack has inspired me to donate to a candidate for the first time. I hope Iowans stand up for change tonight for Obama.

    January 3, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  18. Wayne, Greenville TX

    He's looking better and better to me with each passsing day.

    GO OBAMA!!!!!!

    January 3, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  19. Independent in New England

    Although BARACK OBAMA WOULD LIKE TO COMPARE HIMSELF WITH JFK – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_F._Kennedy it is easy to see that HE MOST CLOSELY RESEMBLES JIMMY CARTER – THE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE WHO RAN ON A "WASHINGTON OUTSIDER" PLATFORM, OFFERING CHANGE FOR THE SAKE OF CHANGE; WHO PRESENTED SOLID FAMILY VALUES; WHO HAD NO FOREIGN POLICY EXPERIENCE – WHOSE "ON-THE-JOB TRAINING" BROUGHT 444 DAYS OF THE IRAN US EMBASSY HOSTAGE CRISIS!!

    IF YOU COMPARE BARACK OBAMA'S CANDIDACY TO THAT OF JIMMY CARTER'S IN 1976 YOU WILL FIND THAT THEY ARE ALMOST IDENTICAL = out with the old establishment guard – in with the new non-Washington crowd. Hence, JIMMY CARTER'S position as an outsider, distant from Washington, D.C., became his best asset. The centerpiece of his campaign platform was GOVERNMENT REORGANIZATION. He & his wife Rosyln offered firm family values and refreshingly humble untarnished appeal.

    LACKING FOREIGN POLICY EXPERIENCE JIMMY CARTER'S PRESIDENCY was dominated by the IRAN HOSTAGE CRISIS, during which the United States struggled to rescue diplomats and American citizens held hostage in Tehran for 444 DAYS! By 1980, Carter was so unpopular that he was challenged by Ted Kennedy for the party nomination – and although Carter received the Democratic nomination, he lost the election to Ronald Reagan." (AND 12 long years of GOP in the White House) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Carter

    Where will the dreams of change in America take Our Great Nation in 2008?? Perhaps PAUSE FOR RECONSIDERATION. AMERICA CAN NOT AFFORD ANOTHER NEOPHYTE – when the world situation is even more precarious than ever before!!!

    January 3, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  20. Josh

    Yes Obama we will reach with you, for you! We will bring the needed change in 2008!

    Obama 08 & 2012

    January 3, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  21. Robert

    We love him down here too!

    January 3, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  22. jacob

    Independent in Newengland,
    I think you have a job to do. Just try listen to Obama or go to one of his event then you will come back and post something worth reading........

    January 3, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  23. Seam, Philly PA

    John, Baltimore January 3, 2008 9:26 am ET

    Why would anyone elect an islamic extremist operative like Hussein Osama? He was educated at an Indonesian Madrassa!
    ____________________________________________________________
    I am surprised we still get stupid posts like this guy from Baltimore. Put your exaggerations to bed.

    January 3, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  24. mary

    "OBAMA HAS DONE NOTHING BUT TALK"

    I think for once you are wrong. What do you guys want him to do, come and shuffle your backyard? C'mon people, you always go wrong because you miss the point and you miss the opportunity.
    Go Obama, voting and supporting you all the way without shame!

    January 3, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  25. maryjo

    how are you going to provide jobs for all the soldiers when you bring them home?

    January 3, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
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