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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    Americans always like to see people rise and fall. And because that didn't happen to Obama when he was at the peak of his carreer(when every senator or governor) was running for his help in 2006 for reelection and when he held this country so much with promise and hope at a time when nothing seemed right, they are now trying to ditch him and make him like he doesn't matter and was meant to be where he is. Let me tell you people, I am so proud of Obama each day or each time I hear him or see him since I know it hasn't been easy for him to be where he has been. From loosing his parents when he was young, educating himself,marrying right,Keeping tight to his family to being so honest and someone who doesn't self distruct. He has strong values while he is not a revelend and That alone make me have so much confidence to vote for him no matter what the cynics says.

    January 3, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  2. Tony for Obama!

    I can not wait to have this guy on my television set every evening I come from work. He just make me feel I can trust him and if not I do have alot that I admire that makes me feel is the right person I wanna see in the white house or in my television the next 8years. Go Obama!

    January 3, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  3. Prisilla for Obama!

    I am getting ready right now to kick off the road for Iowa caucus. If you don't believe we are going to make it get tunned at 9pm eastern time for more coverage!

    January 3, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  4. Dan, NJ

    This board seems to show the Clinton supporters and misinformed racists like John from Baltimore are getting scared of the possibility Obama may actually win. I for one am a huge fan of his intelligence, character, judgment experience as a person of the people. Unlike Hillary's claimed foreign policy experience, Obama's experience in the communities that need the most help is real and can bring about real change.

    Still, no matter who Iowans support, it would be nice to see a really good turnout.

    January 3, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  5. Wayne, Greenville TX

    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!

    Why are people still clinging to this lie-filled story that has been proven false AGAIN AND AGAIN????? Get your head out of wherever you've been keeping it, John, and get a clue.

    January 3, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  6. mike for Obama!

    You guys do what you can down there. Here in boston we are kicking it off to go and campaign in Newhempshire for Obama. If he comes 1,2,3, of which I wish him no. 1 atleast he would have a firewall down here and south Carolina.
    I love Obama and I believe America do!

    January 3, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  7. Thomas, Vero Beach, FL

    To Independent in New England:

    Your point is well taken, but strictly from the perspective of comparing the respective positioning of Carter and Obama as "washington outsiders." Carter lacked not only foreign policy experience, but lacked the exposure to and understanding of the state of foreign affairs. That being said, his stance on the hostage crisis was political suicide, but eventually led to the safe release of the hostages and averted a messy, expensive war that would have destabilized the region for more drastically than even the Iraq war and our current foreign "policy" has done today.

    Nonetheless, Obama's candidacy is in stark contrast to that of Jimmy Carter. Obama has repeatedly shown that while resume fodder is wonderful, the most basic of all qualifications for any executive position, most notably the presidency of the US, has always been and should always be intelligence, judgment, strength of character, courage of convictions, and honesty. While it is true that Obama lacks certain foreign policy experience that are collectively sanctioned as "official", he was the candidate who foresaw the situation in Pakistan coming to a head, he was the candidate who very overtly opposed the President's war in Iraq at a time when such opposition was at least unpopular, and often times unfairly characterized by the Rove machine as unpatriotic.

    Instead of bowing to such pressure and going along quietly, Obama had the strength in his convictions to stand up for what he truly believed was best for our country. And in doing so, history has proven him to be correct. THere is not a single weapon of mass destruction in Iraq. The Iraqi oil revenues have not scratched the surface of the cost of the war. Thousands of our soldiers were needlessly killed along with hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians. For each civilian killed, a new terrorist is born. Sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, cousins, friends, husbands and wives who just seven years ago expressed sympathy for the victims and outrage at the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks are watching their friends and family members being murdered and picking up weapons. As difficult as it is for you or I to see this way, many people of Iraq see the US presence there as very similar to the Soviet presence in Afghanistan, when we praised the "insurgent" effort to rid their country of the occupiers.

    Obama is the one candidate who can unite the country by first and foremost putting the country's needs and interests above personal, party, or contributor goals, power, or ambition. He is the one candidate who will be able to restore the faith in America that the rest of the world once had. And by "once had" I mean just one administration ago.

    Joe Biden as VP will be the perfect compliment to Obama. His counsel and advice as the seasoned Foreign Affairs veteran would be invaluable and, unlike our current President, I truly believe that Obama would value the advice of those qualified members of his staff, even and especially in situations where that advice may run contrary to his own beliefs. Additionally, Obama has the intelligence to weigh that counsel and come to a decision as opposed to just memorizing the 6 word catchphrase that is taught to him by his advisers.

    Obama/Biden '08

    January 3, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  8. jewel minneapolis mn

    How do i say this. obama is like a well trained clone... I would vote for him if I heard any real debating from him.He has all these promises about change,but nothing on how he will do it.He has no experience/ He stays away from any and all hard questions,He showed his arrogance with wolf blitzer, and anger,like how dare you question me. there is something about him that just does not feel right..

    January 3, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  9. E. in Dallas, TX

    Yeah, so, typing out everything in caps isn't going to make you- Independent in New Englan- look like a nut?

    Let the votercs decide. And speaking of corruption or lack of wisdom, isn't there a Clinton in this race and a Huckabee?

    January 3, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  10. Mike

    Does he sing along with the National Anthem, say the Pledge of Allegiance or use the word God. When sworn in as a senator what book did he place his hand on koran or Bible. What are these truths or myths.

    January 3, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  11. Joe, SoCal

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

    Obama '08

    January 3, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  12. Maryann

    Something is wrong if Obama wins Iowa. Ron Paul should do something because Obama is trying to pull Republicans and Independents to vote for him, instead of Ron Paul.

    Another thought, why Obama can not have enough Dems to vote for him, why Reps want to vote for him ? Is it true that Like People said Republicans are running Obama's campaign ? That will be a scary story to the party.

    January 3, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  13. Jesse, Burnsville, MN

    Independent in NE, trying to compare current presidential candidates to former presidents doesn't work. It is just like in basketball when somebody will ask about a rookie, I wonder if he is the next Michael Jordan. It just doesn't work. Time's change, people change, circumstances change.

    The success of the next president will depend upon whom they decide to surround themselves with and how much they are willing to listen to others advice and use their own judgement to come up with effective decisions. Strong leaders realize that their voice is just one of many and that listening to others is of the utmost importance.

    Obama possesses these leadership skills and is more than capable of handling himself as President.

    January 3, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  14. Joe, SoCal

    John from Baltimore– who is your candidate, and why is he/she better qualified to be president than Barack Obama? Please give me your argument, so I can immediately proceed to shoot it down. The fact of the matter is, NONE of the candidtes are better qualified. No candidate has been better qualified in the last 40 years.

    January 3, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  15. keith

    Obama all the way and for two terms!

    January 3, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  16. Deborah Ziskind

    My father, Gerald Ziskind, of Pittsburgh, P'A anda DDay One survivor of World War II and an astute political activist, always taught me that to vote was a privledge that one could never take for granted.

    This is a new era in so many respects. It is critical to vote for the candidate who can bring us change through proven experience, inherent capabilities, a record of experience with world leaders, and an inherent expertise and flexibility for dealing with both national and foreign affairs.

    Slogans and well manufactured platforms are one thing. However, the reality of handling national economics, international terrorism, the critical dyanmics of Iraq AND our national healthcare are the true considerations one must look at when casting the vote. I hope all Americans will take this into consideration and will not be taken in by mere words and rhetoric that can easily seduce one at the polls.
    Deborah S. Ziskind
    Founding Chairman
    Chicago, Illinois

    January 3, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  17. Helen


    January 3, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  18. tim

    Cnn where are my comments??????????????????????????????????

    January 3, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  19. Coby

    There are a lot of Obama haters out there for the dumbest reasons. As if Edwards and CLINTON can be trusted over anyone else. At least Obama exposed his dirt right from the start. Hillary is still keeping some file confidential. That doesn't make you curious? Cmon. You like Hillary because its a name you know. You criticize Obama for having a Islamic name, like he had any control over who named him. Get off of Hillary's jock.

    January 3, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  20. August-Cousin

    Obama 2008! Obama represents everything genuine and sincere. He will help this Great Country rise to become as good as it's promise! He is the one. This is his time. The only critics are unfounded, unjust, and inaccurate. Use your vote responsibly. Do not vote strictly along party lines. Vote the issues that are important to you and your community. If you take an honest look, that vote will be OBAMA 2008!

    January 3, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  21. Joe, SoCal

    It seems like Clinton News Network needs to put in all the anti Obama comments, but not mine. oh well.

    January 3, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  22. Coby


    January 3, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  23. Jim Petre

    Go Obama!
    My wife and I drove six hours just to be in Iowa to help because we believe in his ability to inspire change. I was amazed by all of the people there working hard to make an Obama presidency a reality. I appreciate all of the hard work so many have put in, and I hope we can make history tonight!

    January 3, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  24. Jim Petre

    I can't believe that I live in a country in which Obama is characterized as an "Islamic operative" just because of his middle name. He went to school in Indonesia for two years, and it wasn't in a madrassa. That information has been available for quite some time. Whoever said that should be ashamed of themselves!
    Focus on the issues! We should debate ideas and policies rather than trading false and misleading insults. Resorting to personal attacks (especially untrue ones) just bring about more hatred and despair. They don't make us stronger as a nation. The last eight years (or twenty eight) should have taught us all that.

    January 3, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  25. summus

    Show me the purple states that Obama can win that Gore and Kerry could not!

    They don't exist. Obama can't win the electoral college- that is why he is getting so many Republican supporters. They want him because they know that they can easily beat him.


    January 3, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
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