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. Alberta Treadway

    I admire Hillary Clinton. She's a great old dane. So am I. I'm also white, and a woman. I'd love to see a women in the white house. Yes, she has experience Obama does not. But people that Old kind of experience has turned washington into a very corrupt , lazy congress house and Senate. The Clintons have Big Bussiness, Big companies backing her for a reason. That's not good. Obama doesn't have his hands muddy , and owe favors as of yet. Fresh is what I call him. We need a new slate. I really like Mccain, and he's a great man, and knows the military. But just a little to military., and force hasn't worked real well for the United State. Obama is giveing you his ideas, thoughts, promise's and ways to improve the U.S.....If all of you would just stop being Bias by Party, Politics and feeling of anger over the Bush years-Just listen to the candidates messages without all the Junk in between. I'm niether Demacrate or Republican. So my mind is open to listen clearly

    January 5, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  2. I-see-change

    No one is expecting Obama to change things immediately; he will find resistance to his ideas in the first year or so because of stubborn, envious and racist politicians. Like Gandhi, persistence and patience is what he has and his ideas will prevail.

    January 5, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  3. casey

    Barak is THE PEOPLES' CHAMP!!!!!!!!!
    BAROCK 08

    January 5, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  4. Jaik , chicago, IL

    Every candidate in this era is manufactured to some degree, Obama has been branded well. I still don't understand why he was chosen to be the key note speaker for the Dem National convention in 2004 an election year, before he had ever held federal office of any sort. That was the cheesy speech that the media propelled him to fame with. It made me nervous of him. But he seems to be the best hope. Edwards has a better history, who would have thought being a white man would be such a disadvantage. The press has crushed him. Perhaps because he stands against corporate greed, which is what the press is.

    January 5, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  5. Karl-Heinz Knapp

    What is the opinion of german people`s majority about Bush ?

    very bad !
    Bush is considered as incompetent in all fields of politics,people are joking.The worst thing,he is a vehicle of cheney and the mighty oil industry.He started the most senseless war in iraq,feeding terrorism by itself.He was cheating
    the whole united nations.His war on terror is no more acceptable in this way.

    January 5, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  6. I-see-change

    The world is changing, we need someone of mixed race to deal the nations of the world, like China, Russia, India, the Middle East, Brazil, Venezuela, African Nations etc.
    We need someone who can deal with our internal issues also, who can relate to rich and poor, the whites and the blacks etc.

    Barack Obama is the one!!!!

    January 5, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  7. Alberta Treadway

    Bring us unity in Washington is what I say.

    January 5, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  8. Linda

    People...first of all the word in Muslim not Muslin. Muslin is a cotton material. Having said that I am tired of the good old boys club at the helm. I watched many of the candidates speeches on CNN today. Did any one look at the people on the podiums behind the candidates? Other than Obama, all the guests sitting behind the candidates were mostly 60 years old and above – including Hilary's group. Obama started his campaign saying he was a candidate for CHANGE. Hilary's campaign slogan was EXPERIENCE. Now everyone is using Obama's slogan for change. Why? Because he had the right idea from the start and the rest are trying to mimic him. But they are mimicing him in words only. How can the rest of them say they want change when their backers are the same good old boys – including Hilary.

    Don't let your prejudices of the color of Obama's skin or the origin of his name blind you against a man of conviction and honesty. He is a breath of fresh air in a room full of smoke from the good old boys cigars. Give him a chance. The country made a huge mistake putting another Bush in the White House. Let's not make another mistake by putting another Clinton there again. Let's break the cycle. Let's do it right this time. Vote for OBAMA. Vote for CHANGE!

    January 5, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  9. Al Villa

    Can't believe all the idiot talk. But then people will get emotional and lose their common sense. That is how Bush got elected, No national or foreign experience.
    Now all this emotionalism about Obama. We have major international problems and our economy is in a real mess. We need the toughness of Hiliary to get us out of this mess, not an inexperience Senator that just talks a good talk.

    Al Villa

    January 5, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  10. Lisa

    I think that the ticket should be Clinton-Obama since Obama doenst have the experience on International issues. This would mean that he would be getting hands on training and then we can see what he is really capable of doing. At this point he hasnt demostrated or said what he would do except for sayng that he would meet with the leadears of other countries. After being in the VP position for 8 years he would have the knowledge that a presidential should have…..

    Young people dont lose sight of the big picture……..It’s a crazy world we are living in and we need experience not a persone that needs on the job training. Let’s get it right this time and let’s stop waisting time on the whole CHANGE if there’s no exprerience to go along with it…..

    January 5, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  11. James, Lawrenceville GA

    Hillary Clinton for president. Hillary is better prepared for the job as president of America.

    January 5, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  12. shlomoamir

    Obama is great for America because his interest is in creating a better America for its own people and for the world. Unlike most of the grovelling lap dog politicians from both Republican and Democratic Parties who seem to grovel at the feet of Israel`s special interests like the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), Obama has thew welfare of Americans at heart. He is not an Israel-Firster like Clinton, McCain, Romney, Giuliani, and Edwards. These latter folks are so busy swearing allegiance to AIPAC that they seem to think that they are citizens of Israel rather than America. In Israel, we say that these politicians are trying to change the name from the United States of America to United States of Israel. Go Obama and take back the USA from the same type of neccon fanatics that got the US into a quagmire in Iraq (and now make all sorts of lying rationales to explain why they supported mad King George in his insnae war for Israel and big oil)

    January 5, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  13. nccole treadway

    My grandpa said years ago some day the Goverment would tell us when we can take a sh-. They are now telling us when people can smoke, where and how much. We don't need to add to our gov. We need to down size. We need fresh Ideas. People who REMEMBER what made America great.. Because we stood up for our rights, and we've forgot how to do that. Than comes along this black man who has a black dad, and white mom--–of all the people to be the one to remind us. I'll say if my grandpa was alive he hate the fact it came to that. but that is how it is, and Obama Deserves his shot at the Presidency, as mych as anyone. He couln't do any worse than BUSH, now could he.

    January 5, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  14. John

    One opinion I strongly disagree with is the notion that 'Obama can't win' in November. As an independent voter, I believe he can carry well over half of independents. Also, don't under-estimate the combination of deep disgust with the Republican administration, and the resulting passion and energy of the under-30 demographic. They will support Obama's campaign in historic numbers.

    January 5, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  15. jmc

    America faces tough internal and external challenges, we need a president that will be able to energize a polital system to meet these challenges. He or she needs to articulate how we will face these challenges together. Lets help the candidates focus on what's best for America not the party.

    January 5, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  16. Micahel Guinn, Ventura, CA

    The energy of Iowa continues in New Hampshire! As I was out canvassing today, I kept thinking that AT LAST we have someone to believe in.
    Barack Obama is not the "dreamer" that Hillary makes him out to be, and he's nice but not "too nice" as John Edwards seems to think. He's the man that can bring this country back together and the days of fear and antagonism are SINKING into the Northeastern sunset! HOPE has arrived!
    OBAMA 08!

    January 5, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  17. natalie

    I have to say that the Obama 'fan base' comes across as a pretty juvenile group...more like a teenage fan club than an informed group of people with a serious decision to make. Let's hope the 17-24 yr olds start considering more than just star power, and realize that it's going to take a lot more than hope and hype to turn America around.

    January 5, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  18. FAIR TAX,LA.

    FAIR TAX!!

    January 5, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  19. Glen, Boston, MA

    The approximately 15 years that separate Obama and Hillary were some of the most influential years in our history – Hillary came of age during the 1960s. Obama did not. We will never move on from the massive cultural divide of the 1960s if we continue to depend on people influenced by that era.

    If anything, Obama stands a chance of moving us forward.

    January 5, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  20. PW Va

    Sour grapes, Jennifer B, SOUR GRAPES!!! Just becasue you didn't get a photo op with him, you're whining!!! Would you react the same if this was Hillary or Edwards??? I thnk not! Grow up!!! All of the candidates are putting their energy into their campaigns, that's just the reality of it.

    January 5, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  21. Robert

    I would like to thank the people of Iowa for their sense of urgency for change. America needs change and there is no better person to create a great transformation than Obama. America needs this him more than anything at this moment in time!

    Go O-ba-ma Go

    January 5, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  22. Tom, San Jose, Ca-

    Hey Daws! Free country. Free speech. Everyone has a right to their opinions and to write about them if they wish. By the way, I think you jumped the gun in assuming Dave was comparing Obama to Hitler. I read it to mean that Obama's ability to mesmerize audiences and get them to eat out of his hand is the same strategy Hitler used in giving his speeches (you know, the histrionics and all). Dave was hardly implying that Obama's character and agenda was in question; just his style of luring audiences.

    January 5, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  23. Fascists Abound

    To whomever compares the frenzy of the crowds listening to Barack Obama to the rise of the Nazi Party - WRONG PARTY. It's Huckabee who ought to creep you out, with his minions of close-minded fundamentalists. All they lack are jackboots and brown shirts.

    January 5, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  24. Nicholas

    The Clintons were supposed to bring in Healthcare in 1992 but when the Clintons were in charge, nothing came out, they were bought off by the pharmaceutical companies and nothing changed ever since and they just cannot make any changes ever ever.

    Lets give a new guy a chance, he has not been in politics too long and isn't bought off by big corporations so far. The experience that HRC is talking about is giving into the corporate seductions, this is what made her today, the senatorships she earned, there was no one else in NYS to take the job and someone out of the WH is none other than HRC. She has not done any good for NYS so far, I had to leave the State and the NYS taxes – prohibitive.

    Obama, has vigor, strength and is talking from the depths unlike HRC who doesn't have the virtues of Arts and her intonation sucks. No wonder she cannot deliver. We are not voting for her because she is Clinton's wife, who doesn't care much about her, if he was not the President, she would have divorced him, but she married him once again for the fame and fortunes he has. Well avirice has a price.

    January 5, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  25. Wayne

    OBAMA is our next President. Face it, HE IS THE BEST CANDIDATE. Just face it, my fellow Americans, he is the best by a long shot. He will defeat Edwards, Clinton and any of the Republicans for the Presidency. The man is just simply Brilliant!!!! My vote will count for him.

    January 5, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
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