January 8th, 2008
11:04 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama: 'Still fired up and ready to go'

‘Still fired up’

Obama: ‘Still fired up’

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - Failing to parlay his win in last week's Iowa caucuses to a victory in the New Hampshire primary, Sen. Barack Obama said he was "still fired up and ready to go."

The junior senator from Illinois congratulated Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York for her win and praised "all the candidates in this race" as "patriots who serve this country honorably."

"But the reason our campaign has always been different, the reason we began this improbable journey almost a year ago, is because it's not just about what I will do as president," he said. "It is also about what you, the people who love this country, the citizens of the United States of America, can do to change it. That's what this election is all about."

CNN projected Clinton to win with 72 percent of precincts counted, basing it on reported results, exit polls and other statistical models.

As she had most of the night, Clinton held a 39 percent to 37 percent lead over Obama with 81 percent of the precincts in.

But Obama assailed critics who he said doubted his campaign and said that the record numbers of voters in Iowa and New Hampshire showed that "there is something happening in America."

"You, all of you who are here tonight, all of you who put so much heart and soul and work into this campaign, you can be the new majority who can lead this nation out of a long political darkness," he said. "Democrats, independents and Republicans who are tired of the division and distraction that has clouded Washington."

"For most of this campaign, we were far behind," he said. "We always knew our climb would be steep. But in record numbers, you came out and you spoke up for change."

Obama pledged to end tax breaks for the rich, to "end the outrage of unaffordable and unavailable healthcare" and "end this war in Iraq and bring our troops home."

"We will finish the job against al Qaeda in Afghanistan. We will care for our veterans. We will restore our moral standing in the world, and we will never use 9/11 to scare up votes. 9/11 is not a tactic to win votes, but a challenge to unite America."

Obama also responded to critics who he said cautioned his campaign against offer "false hope."

"In the unlikely story that is America," he said, "there has never been anything false about hope."

And, he said, his response to those naysayers is "one simple creed - yes, we can."

"Yes, we can heal this nation. Yes, we can repair this world. Yes, we can, and so tomorrow as we take the campaign south and west ... we will remember that there is something happening in America, that we are not as divided as our politics suggest, that we are one people and one nation and together we will begin the next great chapter in the story with three words that ring from sea to shining sea - yes, we can."


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soundoff (164 Responses)
  1. mark

    kj, did you read the article? it clearly states what obama said we can do.

    January 9, 2008 03:02 am at 3:02 am |
  2. steve101

    I think kj doesn't know how to read (or just lazy). All his policies are on his website... Most issues facing us today are complex and there’s no possible way to fit every detail in a 30 second ad or a 5 second sound clip.

    January 9, 2008 03:03 am at 3:03 am |
  3. M. Olu Aina

    Obama is the man of the moment with fresh ideas and energy to make good things happen. I like Hillary and Bill, but we need a break from the old brigade; they had their time.

    January 9, 2008 03:15 am at 3:15 am |
  4. man from illinois

    What a great day for us. Obama please tell us what you promise. You keep saying yes we can. BuT fOr what. BE factual.

    For blogger Cathy go to canada you're safe there. We don't want people in USA who can't accept defeat. You're a disgrace to America. BOO!!

    January 9, 2008 03:19 am at 3:19 am |
  5. Sam IA

    Cathy, enjoy Canada. I bet you voted for Reagan too, right? Hillary haters are a group of people who can't see past 16 years of swiftboating and rumor and innuendo regurgitation. I didn't support Hillary in the Iowa caucuses but she is head and shoulders above anyone on the right's ticket.

    January 9, 2008 03:26 am at 3:26 am |
  6. PSD

    Overall, the Dems have a good set of candidates to choose from. (Much better than the collection put forth by the Republicans!) All seem to have passion and a true desire to improve the lot for the middle class and the working poor. That said, there IS a difference in the qualifications of the candidates. We have some (Biden & Richardson among others) who bring a lot to the table in many strategic areas (foreign policy, governance, etc.) Edwards has built a strong platform around the restructuring of corporate influence. Obama rests his laurels on his ability to speak well from the cuff, (But so does Huckabee, so that’s not saying much!) He speaks of hope and change, very positive….but he has no substance. I’ve heard little to bring me to the table, either on how to improve our economic situation, or getting us out of Iraq safely, or any clear direction of many of the ills that 7+ years of Bush rule has bestowed upon us. Bill said it loud & clear. Examine Obama’s record. Just what des he stand for? What are his {realistically achievable}goals. If he’s elected, he still has to work with a sitting Congress and Court system, along with Corporate America(and the rest of the world who decidedly doesn’t always play nice!) He doesn’t have the experience. Period. Hillary may be the Ice Queen at times. Nevertheless, she’s in a much better position to guide the country that any of the other front-runners. She’s been exposed to more issues that currently plague our nation, and has had more exposure to institutions and individuals (in-country and world –wide) that can help build an honest coalition to really effect positive change. Not just, talk about change.

    January 9, 2008 03:28 am at 3:28 am |
  7. Joseph Ohene

    I strongly believe change will have a field day eventualy.What we saw happening at New H amphshire is an epitome of the overall voice of America seeking to emerge to the height's of unity which has plauged America for soo long.

    January 9, 2008 03:38 am at 3:38 am |
  8. Mr Kiz

    All you Clinton lovers are going to wake up and see what a phony the Hilary is.
    A greedy POWER HUNGRY woman who will do and say anthing to achive her goal. .................................... OBABA 2008

    January 9, 2008 04:04 am at 4:04 am |
  9. Lisa

    Well, a few positive things that came out of this – Obama takes disappointment a whole lot better than Bill or Hill.

    It may help expose Romney for the opportunist that he is. He was ready to feed McCain to the wolves as a way to get the nominee to fight Obama as the "outsider" – now unfortunately he is going to assume America wants teary eyed politicians – and he is going to start with his "its personal" to me with wet eyes.

    It also will help keep voters from getting lazy. If they believe that it is a sure thing – then they will not get out to vote.

    Obama – Yes we can!

    January 9, 2008 04:12 am at 4:12 am |
  10. Frederick Haddox

    I think all of the energy being created by the race for the Democratic
    candidacy is good for the country. Even though I'm routing for Obama,
    I'm not forgetting that a little more over a year ago, most Americans felt that the Democratic Party had little voice with lackluster appeal at best. Now, America is watching the Democrats. Lets remember that most of us are on the same side here and would like the same things. We should support our politicians, not fight for them.

    January 9, 2008 04:22 am at 4:22 am |
  11. Leonard

    There is no difference between my 10 month old son Lenny and Hillary.Both of them can be moody and crying in public, my son for food and Hillary for votes.She is so greeedy and ready to employ any tactics to win even the bathroom.You look at Hillary and see a blast from the past trying to boil the hope out in young people.It is time that the baby boomers just retire without much a fight.The more Hillary fights for her birth right-the presidency, the more he endangers the Democratic party as if 8 years is not enough.My husband was president and I must be a president too.Is this a dynasty?

    January 9, 2008 04:36 am at 4:36 am |
  12. peter

    I congrdulate Obama!
    He has what it takes!!!

    I am sure that Clinton is not going to be different, nor any Republican as world leaders that can bring America's lost credibility, honour,(even the real power-being loved and wished best by the world population), but Obama is clearly demonstrating that he has natural gift to return honour to America at global level .US is in need of such qualities of leadership that can bring differnt approach and momentum to the American leadership internationally in the face of 'terror', 'poverty', 'environmental insecurity'. I see, from outside of America as world citizen, and passionate of the 'ideals' that America stands for, it is only Obama who could bring back America's grace – so voters look the mirror and check what went wrong in the last 7 years and thinke as a member of a nation not as 'party supporters or 'voters for fun". We really need change as world citizens, and we blieve Obama can bring that to the distressed world. I wish I could vote but I am not in America and American, but I know the world belongs to America,
    and we want Obama to lead us.

    Go Obama!

    Tks

    January 9, 2008 04:37 am at 4:37 am |
  13. Liz

    They're all puppets who will get nothing done until Congress unites anyway, so I don't know what you're all so hopeful about. But go, go to Canada. Please.

    January 9, 2008 04:51 am at 4:51 am |
  14. Patrick Kaisce Lydon

    In the game of politcs everything is permitted seems to be what Hilary believes in. What a Cheap way to steal compassion!!! Iam a Republican and will never vote for her! Mr. Barack Obama is by far Much Better than her.

    January 9, 2008 04:56 am at 4:56 am |
  15. Margarita, Los Angeles

    HEY.... IM AN OLD HIPPIE... WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO SAY BRAD. IM INDEPENDTLY WEALTHY WHATS UP WITH YOU. CHECK OUT THE VIDEO WHERE OBUMMERS FANS ARE TELLING HILLARY TO IRON THEIR SHIRTS... DOES THAT MAKE THEM HIPPIES OR SEXIST PIGS.

    January 9, 2008 05:02 am at 5:02 am |
  16. Mike

    You sure are some cynical people! On one hand – she is cold and emotionless, on the other, she is a fake. Can’t you just be happy that the political pollsters don’t know everything? How gullible do you think the people of N.H. are? It is funny how when you all thought Sen. Obama was going to walk away with it all we heard was “the people of N.H. know how to get this right!” Now is seems you all think them to be lemmings heading for the cliff – make up you minds, the people of N.H. did!

    January 9, 2008 05:14 am at 5:14 am |
  17. charlie

    As a soldier in Iraq, I was alarmed to hear of Hillary's victory over Obama in my state. I know there is a whisper campaign among the soldiers that Obama is really a muslim in disguise. Other less printable versions concern the race issue. I think Hillary is a fake and the Clinton's had their eight years. They have millions of dollars from books and public speaking tours, time for another to come in.

    And I have this question. Why does Bob Dole live in Watergate, with millions in the bank? How do all these public servants end up so decandently wealthy at the end of their 'service?" As an Airborne Ranger I make 800 dollars a week over here. Pretty pathetic.

    Charlie

    January 9, 2008 05:29 am at 5:29 am |
  18. Vince, NY, NY

    If Clinton wins the nomination, I'm voting republican.

    January 9, 2008 05:49 am at 5:49 am |
  19. suzzy

    its up to us to listen carefully to all what these candidates are telling us.
    but a nation like the USA needs a brave mans heart to lead.

    and is Hillary telling us that she the formal FIRST LADY now want to be a president and let the formal PRESIDENT to FIRST GENTLEMAN

    anyway thanks to you all for your wonderful campaign.

    January 9, 2008 05:59 am at 5:59 am |
  20. Ressa

    I'm shocked that NH fell for Hilary's crybaby tatics. It made me throw up in my mouth a little.
    Oh well, I just hope that everyone continues to vote, it's very cool that people that haven't voted before are starting to vote and that means a lot.
    Just remember that out with the old, in with the new. I'd rather have something different with less experience than the same old b.s. that we've been dished for how many years now??? No, thank you!

    January 9, 2008 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  21. Mayfield

    THANK YOU CATHY,
    YOU SPOKE FROM MY HEART! I WON'T HAVE TO PACK MY BAGS AND MOVE OVER TO CANADA IF SHE WERE TO WIN DUE TO THE FACT THAT I'M OBSERVING THE WHOLE SHOW FROM A FAR DISTANT PART OF THE WORLD "GERMANY".

    January 9, 2008 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  22. Susan

    THIS FEMALE BABY BOOMER IS FOR OBAMA......HE INSPIRES ME LIKE NOTHING HAS INSPIRED ME IN THE RECENT PAST......NOT SINCE JFK & BOBBY KENNEDY....HAVE I EVER FELT THAT WE HAD A PERSON RUNNING FOR THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES THAT IS SO PASSIONATE AND KNOWLEDGEABLE. THIS ISN'T ALL ABOUT EXPERIENCE...A PRESIDENT HAS TO BE ABLE TO LEAD THE CITIZENS OF THIS NATION AND THAT TAKES SKILL THAT ISN'T ALL ABOUT EXPERIENCE...........A LEADER THAT INSPIRES HIS PEOPLE IS WHAT THIS COUNTRY NEEDS..........A LEADER THAT GIVES HOPE AFTER WE HAVE ENDURED SO MUCH........THANK YOU OBAMA FOR GIVING ME THAT HOPE BACK! AND THE DREAM BACK!

    January 9, 2008 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  23. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    The people who love this country will vote for a person who has some leadership experience at a national level. We are looking for change, of course. But change grounded in common sense. We wont be fooled by someone who can make a flowery speech, but cannot give a substantive answer when hit with a complicated policy question. Senator Obama preaches the sermon of hope, yet is very short on the specifics of how to make that hope become reality. Senator Obama will ultimately fail. His inexperience and arrogance are catching up with him. His time may come. He may learn humility and grow. He may someday become a great leader, but not yet. He is not the man to take us out of the miasma that G. W. Bush, another inexperienced, arrogant man, has gotten us into. Perhaps someday, but not today.

    January 9, 2008 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  24. JOSEPH

    Together we stand and divided we fall. If the Democrat want to win this 2008 election, please don't attack each other. I love Hillary, but i believe in Obama.

    January 9, 2008 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  25. Jeff from Jersey

    GO TO CANADA NOW!YOU CAN LIVE WITH THE OLD DRAFT DODGERS AND THE ILLEGAL ALIENS THAT ARE FLEEING THERE.MAYBE IF ENOUGH CATHY'S GO TO CANADA OUR COUNTRY WILL GET BETTER ALL BY ITSELF.THE LESS CATHY'S WE HAVE THE BETTER WE ALL LIKE IT!MAYFIELD CAN MOVE IN WITH YOU AND YOU CAN BOTH GIVE UP YOUR US CITIZENSHIP SO WE WON'T NEED TO SUPPORT EITHER ONE OF YOU!TOO BAD OBAMA ISN'T READY TO GO THERE YET BUT THEY MAY NOT LET A KNOWN DRUGGIE CROSS THE BORDER!

    January 9, 2008 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
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