January 5th, 2008
12:01 PM ET
10 years ago

Big New Hampshire crowds for Obama


CNN’s Chris Welch reports that as many as 2,000 people crowded into a gym with a capacity of 1,550 to hear Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama Saturday morning in Nashua, New Hampshire. Around 1,000 others were sent to a smaller, overflow gym on-site. (Photo credit: AP)

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  1. Whobama?

    Ask yourself this, folks... what has Obama done? We know he didn't vote for the Iraq war, but that's because he wasn't in the Senate then (how convenient for him). So that's something he DIDN'T do, but what has he DONE???

    Barack is a crock, people. Wake up... this guy is nothing more than a soap-star playing the role of politician. He may have charm and good looks, but he's not prepared to be the Commander-in-Chief of the most powerful nation on the planet. An Obama administration will be no different than a Bush administration, except that Barack is literate. Neither have what it takes to govern.

    January 5, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  2. curtis

    As a african american I know that the following states Obama will not win, because these states are known for harboring uneducated, racist , and redneck views that I am about to list.........1 being hell no and 10 being just no

    1. Kentucky (Wutter blak pepal)

    2. Tennesee (Interracial marriges are still illegal there, need I say more)

    3. West Virginia (Hill Billie Heaven)

    4. Alabama, MIssisippi (tied) These people are to inbreed to vote clearly.

    5. Oklahoma (Tulsa, fire, black people, national guard, 1927, look it up)

    6. Arkansas (The entire state is racist !) except Bill he lives in Harlem (fetish).

    7. Texas ( Bush country yeee hawww! )

    8. Virginia (because of the rural areas)

    9.Pennsylvania (mainly becuase of the up state population)

    10.Michigan (All of this state's people of color live in Detroit and don't be fooled by Eminem!!!)

    January 5, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  3. Robb, New York

    Hillary voters, let me ask you something... how is your candidate going to really change things? How does she represent change? She's part of the establishment, the status quo, the Bush-Clinton-Bush 20-year sandwich that has done nothing but tear this country apart. How the heck would she change ANYTHING? What would she do to really be a uniter? How can she work with Republicans who despise her and independents who don't trust her? How will she break down barriers and make this nation right again? You know the answer to all of them.

    She doesn't represent change. She won't change anything. She won't be able to unite this nation. She won't be able to work with Republicans and gather independent support. She won't break down barriers. It'll be a term of inaction and bickering, four more years of partisan politics that will further divide us and further rip us apart. Is Hillary really worth that? Haven't we've had enough of this?

    You can question Obama's lack of years in government and lack of experience. But Hillary's "experience" hasn't been a good one for this country. If anything, Obama's newness to the political scene is the one advantage he has over everybody. If he becomes president, things won't be the same in Washington. The days of partisan politics will end, and the government will finally start working for us. But if Hillary wins, God forbid, we're just going to be stuck with another bureaucrat/despot who'll do nothing and only serve the special interests.

    We can't have Hillary in the White House. There needs to be a change, and Barack Obama is that.

    January 5, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  4. Jennifer IOWA

    It is all smoke and mirrors i agree. ALmost every event i went to in iowa for all the canadiates OBAMA was only one who bussed peopel in from other states. The JJ dinner was for peopel from iowa. he bought half the above stands for his peopel from chicago and those seats should have been for the voters in iowa. Also his staff voted here in iowa at the cacus i know at mine there was 4 of his staff. THEY DO NOT LIVE HERE SO SHOULD HAVE GOT TO VOTE!!!!!!! What next are they goign to vote state to stae. He is a FAKE!!!!!!!! It is all shwo for him. LIke i said before i got to met him and before that he was my second choice but after meeting him and seeing his campaine tatics here there is no way I would even vote for him if he gets the Nomination.

    January 5, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  5. Jennifer IOWA

    He only bussed out of stae voters into iowa. Even at the caucus people from illionis should up to vote. I caleld it in and reported it not sure what they will do about it.

    January 5, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  6. Anne


    January 5, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  7. Tlc

    "Betty", I understand that you may not like Senator Obama. I understand that you may disagree with his politics and message. I get that. I do, but could you please stop lying about him? He was born in the U.S., and he is not a Muslim. We are voting for the President of the United States. Try to get your facts straight.

    January 5, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  8. Jennifer IOWA

    I never said he bussed students it was all ages and all races from illionis. It was not on new beacuse they news seems more devoted to him. He even had people busssed in to the harkin stake fry and i have pictures of the busses.

    January 5, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  9. Tony, Enterprise, Alabama

    I don't see, and have never understood the fascination with this empty suit.

    62% of participating Democrats voted in a "non-election" in Iowa for somebody else besides Senator Obama. You do not win the presidency or even Iowa with 38% of the vote. He is too Liberal for the general election, and too inexperienced to be President. If he makes it to be the nominee he will be defeated as badly as George McGovern.

    I am confident that once the early small contests are over, and "Dr. Feelgood" runs out of platitudes; the real election can take place.

    The next nominee of the Democratic Party and the next President of the United States will be Hillary Clinton.

    January 5, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  10. Jennifer IOWA

    stan pitts pa

    Hillary never bad mouther our state in fact she thanked us. She even invited us to washington is she wins the nomination adn becomes president. People need to get thier facts straight.

    January 5, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  11. AmericanVoter

    Please, Americans, wake up and realize that this is neither a popularity contest nor a vote for the new flavor of the week. This is a job interview process that we, the American people, need to fill with the very best candidate. We need someone with the intelligence AND ability to bring about the changes that this country so desperately wants and needs.

    I know many of us became disenchanted with electing Gore our president and then getting Bush, thanks to the electoral college failing to represent their constituents. However, we must regain enough hope not to give up on the process altogether.

    I want my next president to be the very best person for the job, regardless of whether they are a darling of the press and famous personalities. I want to know what respected economists and other highly educated individuals think of their individual plans so I will understand and know if they can ever be more than just a 'plan'. This isn't a situation where wishful thinking applies. My guess is that at the core of your being, you feel the same sense of responsibility and the same desire to fill the most important job in the country with the most qualified and capable candidate.

    Do yourselves, your families and our country the great service of getting past the media. Visit all of the candidates websites and check out the policies in depth. Line them up side by side, study them, ask questions and learn the real truth about each one by investigating their records spin-free. If you can surf to this site, then you can do the research. Don't be a lazy voter and don't let the media limit your choices!!

    January 5, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  12. Edwin

    Obama is not tell us the methodologies he will employ in to relinquish the old orders in washington.
    Based on the aforementioned, i don't know what he stands for and not. For examples; he critilized Clinton on issuing driver's license to illegal immigrant for not taking a position, but he failed to answer the same question correctly weeks later and he told the world , at the aged of four, he was living overseas, this serve as a conduit to having foreign policy experience.

    For me, Obama is not the real candidate for change. He is getting more support because he is rhetorical and not analytical. Therefore, i will stay with the devil who records i know than to side with an angel i don't know how he will bring change to Washington.

    January 5, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  13. Danny iowa


    We are all americans lets all stop this fighting and GROW UP

    January 5, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  14. Danny

    Thanks for not posting my wifes comments how biased are you!!!!!!

    January 5, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  15. chandler

    I also am from iowa and I knwo there was alot of staged things going on with obama. He is trying to be like Malcom X adn MArtin Luther KIng and HE WILL NEVER BE LIKE MALCOM X OR MARTIN LUTHER KING.

    He is a want a be

    January 5, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  16. Mandy

    Frank: I'm sorry, but comparing our Presidential election to a doctor visit is like comparing apples and oranges. The situations are completely different. Obama knows what he is doing and he knows how to achieve it (whether he says it in his speeches or not. Oh, and in response to THAT: his speeches are meant to motivate. He wants to appeal to peoples' feelings, so why would he bore them with the details of his plans? That comes later.). There is no school where someone learns Presidentology, unlike earning a medical degree. It's a bad comparison.

    And I also think it's funny that before Obama won the Iowa caucus no one really had much to complain about in regards to him. However, now, since people see he's a legitimate competitor, they're attacking him more often. Just making an observation. Which happens to be funny.

    I haven't seen anything that convinces me Obama's not ready to be our next President. Everything the Obama-haters throw out is horribly misinformed and, well, stupid. The experience thing? Doesn't convince me. We need him and his '"lack of experience" in this new era.

    January 5, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  17. Steve

    I question Obama's message of hope and change.  He is taking the corporate money.  He is as old school as any of the candidates.. Just has the younger voters under a spell for now...

    January 5, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  18. Anne -Detroit MI

    But I still don't see the details of what he's proposing? Obama says "end the tyranny of foreign oil" . Charging companies high tariffs and forcing Americans to drive putt-putt cars won't LOWER the price of gasoline. Does Obama want drilling in Alaksa and Fla,? Does he want nuclear power plants to be built up? Is he in favor of increasing our supply? How can we vote for him of he's not giving details?\\

    He says he will make" poor peoples' lives better" and give middle class tax cuts again. That's a big red flag that his only solution is taxing upper incomes. How is that different from past Democratic administrations? that's NOT change.

    Finally NOWHERE in the speech does he say end Congress wasteful spending. now THAT would be change.

    In the speech he says hands down, he will "bring troops home". Great, but didn't he just say in Nov. he'd invade Iran? Isn't this an anomaly ?

    Finally, in the speech he says he's not "afraid of a fight", but didn't he miss important votes in '07, such as Iraq funding ? Why? If he's honest, wouldn't he have shown his hand, wouldn't he have shown up to work that day to vote yea or nay? WHY DID HE DECLINE TO VOTE ON IMPORTANT SENATE BILLS?

    January 5, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  19. Glenn L

    Did someone just compare Obama to Hitler? Are you serious? I can understand not liking the man but that's absurd.

    January 5, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  20. Tyler in Raleigh, NC

    I think everyone has seen what Hillary will bring to this country.... 50% of people booing her being a phony.

    Either she is an insider who worked for change her whole life and was a FAILURE at it, or she was a witness to the real "experience" but not a part of it. What she witnessed was Slick Willy lying to her and the American people for 8 years.

    Lucky for him, he got a lucky break with the economy and only 1 failed terrorist attempt on NYC. If not, he would have been as bad as Bush is now, so lets not kid ourselves that the Clintons did anything but make the US look like a bunch of lying, adulterous idiots. One step better than Bush perhaps, but neither was that good.... lets stop going Bush – Clinton and do something new.

    Its time for a new type of candidate.

    January 5, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  21. nightwriter

    wake up america! the major nets have checked out and reported on Huckabee's
    and Romney's faith....now go to http://www.tucc.org and check out Obama's. welcome to shock city and mother Africa! None talk about the real issues concerning America....(1) the war (2) immigration, (3) the energy problem gas ($3.00 plus),
    (4) health and lawyer scams, (5) tax relief and a fair tax system. we know the problems....now talk Mr. President candidates....what you propose in doing...a solution to everybodys questions and no smoke and mirrors....

    January 5, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  22. Ceejay King

    I have been following the news,comments and the profile of all the candidates especially on the democrats part. I must state that the democrats have great candidates from Edward,Hillary and Obama, they are all unique and i give them a THUMPS UP!
    Let me erase an impression from a writer here who asked question of someone having an illness or sickness that is deadly an requires an attention of a medical expert,the question goes on who to meet, a new graduated physician with less practice experience or to someone that has been in the profession for years? I want you to note that answer to your question is very straight and simple. Bigger hospitals and clinics employ Doctors and nurses that made good results in class before graduation.It is petinent to note that God is the only recorded expert of an incurable sicknesses, So' the likes of Obama vying for the number one seat in America under the great party of DEMOCRATS" Is a enough prove to show that he was a good student and he is a good leader because the Democrats wont let him contest under their umbrella if he wasn't that good. I want to tell you that it's those with less leadership experience that does better because they commit themselves to God in honesty for directions and have the interest of the electorate in mind.. Let me take you back to the bible days, all the great leaders,kings and priest that delivered Isreal from bondage were choosen with no leadership experience..The likes of Moses,Joseph,Josiah, David,Samuel,Joshua,Solomon etc.. Samuel is a good example of such, it was when the old man ELi the priest failed to lead the isrealites right that God choosed little Samuel as His spokesman! I challenge us to stop attaching sentiments to the fact that OBAMA is definition of change that this generation needs, i see him as an epitome of qualitative leadership, a good constructor of ideas and a leader that knows what it means to be in want,a leader that knows the urgly effect of poverty and how it could be tackled. I have my great respect for Hillary and Edward, we should give all these candidates a chance to prove their worth and who ever that wins the primaries, lets give him our full support because i see all the candidates from the DEMOCRATS as symbol of CHANGE.

    January 5, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  23. joyo

    I am glad someone commented on how hillary bashed iowa after she lost. after she told them she would never forgive them. Boy watch out Iowa if she wins she will get her revenge, let's support our people in Iowa, I wouldn't want a president who would trash a state so publicly like that.

    January 5, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  24. joyo

    I mean never forget them, i guess i was thinking never forgive them either

    January 5, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  25. Yoli

    I am from Illinois and I think Obama is a fresh face. The establishment will say he has no experience. I believe that is what is needed in Washington, someone who is not so ingrained in devicive politics. Hillary keeps talking about the evil republicans....WE ARE ALL AMERICANS and I like many others are sick and tired of the same ol' thing. I am ready for CHANGE.

    January 5, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
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