November 6th, 2012
12:54 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama: 'fired up, ready to go' one more time

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - President Barack Obama delivered his final campaign speech in a chilly Des Moines, Iowa Monday night in remarks peppered with references to his 2008 campaign and the Iowa caucus victory that helped catapult his political career.

"I've come back to Iowa one more time to ask for your vote," Obama told the battleground crowd. "Help us finish what we started because this is where our movement of change began."

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Iowa voters who "showed up at town hall meetings in 2007," know what "real change" looks like, the president said.

"You taught me to bet on hope," he added.

He even recounted the story of the Greenville, South Carolina woman, Edith Childs, who inspired the "fired up, ready to go" chant of his first presidential campaign.

"Iowa, in 2008 your vote changed the world and Edith Childs asked me to ask you that if you're willing to stand with me tomorrow ... she's pretty sure we'll win Iowa," Obama said. "She's pretty sure we'll win this election, and she just has one question for you and that is, are you fired up?"

To which the crowd of 20,000 chanted, "Ready to go."

Nostalgia was a theme throughout the day for the Obama campaign. Members of the 2008 campaign team joined their former boss on the trail and Obama aides were clad in vintage 2008 clothing. His 2008 campaign Hawkeye State headquarters also served as a backdrop to Monday's rally, in addition to the score of "Forward" signs and oversized American flags.

Michelle Obama, who introduced her husband at the event, recalled the time her family spent in the state four years ago: the house parties, local campaign headquarters, celebrating their daughter Malia's birthday and seeing "my husband's face carved in butter."

"Long before most people even knew his name, you saw what I saw," she said. "Tomorrow we get to finish what we started here."

While the president showed his feelings through a few tears streaming down his face, the first lady also acknowledged it is an "emotional time" for her family.

"This is the final event of my husband's final campaign," she said. "This is the last time he and I will be on stage together at a campaign rally. That is why we wanted to come to Iowa tonight because truly this is where it all began, right here."


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soundoff (229 Responses)
  1. No more lies from Obama!

    My entire neighborhood voted for Romney/Ryan. And contrary to last year, I have not seen a SINGLE Obama/Biden sign all season. Whoopee!

    November 6, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  2. Scottish Mama

    Romney will throw the middle class over the edge and make us pay more in income tax and taxes. While he skips town with his tax avoided money.

    November 6, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  3. Travis

    I'm more interested to see how many people are voting Independant in this election versus the previous election. I'm sure the number has risen a lot since then.

    November 6, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  4. cedar rapids

    "Critical Thinking

    This just in : Romney Won Ohio's Early Vote 697,143-605,546 [Plus 91,597!!!]

    It's over : BO WILL GO !"

    slight problem with that CT......the chart showing that early voting has been pulled, they have apologised and said they accidently put a test template chart up there and that there are no early results yet as they dont put them up until polling has closed.
    guess you need to go back to biting your nails.

    November 6, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  5. Alina

    I hope this time around those of us who supported Obama's campaign won't sit back, pat ourselves on the back for a job well done and consider it over until we take back Congress. We're not going to get a third chance, so we need to stay energized for 2014 and at least give him 2 years without an obstructionist House of Representatives.

    I regret not being more active during the 2010 election, and don't want to make that mistake again!

    I know I speak as though all is said and done and Obama is reelected, it's just that I can't begin to fathom the alternative...

    November 6, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  6. RobK

    Big mural of Obama in a polling place in Philly in direct violation of election law.

    November 6, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  7. Kathy

    Edith Childs, the fired up, ready to go lady in the story, is from Greenwood, SC, not Greenville, SC.

    November 6, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    Its hilarious reading the posts from the righties, that America was conned by Obama: way to make your case! You flat out say that a majority of the country are stupid rubes who were fleeced by Obama, who turned down opportunities to work at prestigous law firms to actually work at getting people to become better, more active citizens. There was a time when the GOP led the way in encouraging local and neighborhood solutions, as well as leading the way in developing education and infrastructure: not any more. Our president has a far better understanding of what really makes our society run well: its about people getting involved and working together towards a common goal as individuals. Romney will not reach out except when its in his best financial interests: the modern GOP has become an alter for those worshipping greed as the highest virtue, not for those wanting to expand opportunities. Expanding opportunities is NOT about creating a equal outcome, since that is impossible and not desireable. However, the GOP's outcome for the vast majority of us is to support and subsidize the wealthy while paying lip service to freedom and liberty. At the end of the day, they could care less if they triple the debt, as long as the Trumps and the Adelsons of this world continue to use the world as their toy. Vote straight Democratic if you care about this country. Send Romney packing to the home state of his chice.

    November 6, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  9. Malory Archer

    Critical Thinking

    @ Romney is NOT My Hero
    --------

    It does say alot about a man who would name his dog after his own initials.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Did President Obama name the dog Bo, or was it his children? When our daughters were little they gave our cat the same name as their dad because we never had a son to share his name. Maybe Sasha & Malia felt the same.

    November 6, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  10. Malory Archer

    RobK

    Big mural of Obama in a polling place in Philly in direct violation of election law.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Why don't you call a cop?

    November 6, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  11. Critical Thinking

    @ cedar rapids

    Yeah, it was a sample template read on and weep : "So says Gannett’s Cincinnati.com, which has the data from the state government posted at its site this morning. I put the question mark on the data because I don’t see anything up yet at the Ohio Secretary of State’s website, but occasionally the media will get updates prior to the website. According to the data, Mitt Romney already has 697,143 votes before the polls opened a couple of hours ago, while Barack Obama only has 605,546, a difference of almost 92,000 votes. The data is time-stamped at 2:03 ET this morning, and the link on the front page of the site reads, “Early voters: How Ohio has voted.”

    November 6, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  12. jt

    I voted ... Obama and the democrats... yeah!!!

    November 6, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  13. Lynda/Minnesota

    @Woman in California

    Love and good cheer from Minnesota.

    November 6, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  14. Thomas

    You GOP people sound just like you did in 2000 with your Hero GW Bush .

    Mitt Romney , Progress Not !

    November 6, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  15. truth hurts

    Scottish Mama
    Romney will throw the middle class over the edge and make us pay more in income tax and taxes.
    =======================================================================
    Obama has already done this. 20 NEW taxes in Obamacare. He said he would veto a continuation of the Obama Tax Cuts (formerly Bush Tax Cuts) for the rich. Where have you been???

    November 6, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  16. Thetruth

    Let's go Obama!! A President truly for Americans!!

    November 6, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. truth hurts

    Malory Archer
    RobK
    Big mural of Obama in a polling place in Philly in direct violation of election law.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Why don't you call a cop?
    ===============================================================================

    Better yet call a TV crew from Fox News! They are the only ones that will report on this story.

    November 6, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  18. RobK

    Obama supporter in Detroit attacks voter waiting in line who objected to her aggressive campaigning. And then attacked police who came to arrest her.

    November 6, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  19. Critical Thinking

    Update: Joe Biden heads to Ohio for last minute stop...yeah they always do that when you are head in the polls and going to win. he must have gotten the latest info on the early votin count...According to the data, Mitt Romney already has 697,143 votes before the polls opened a couple of hours ago, while Barack Obama only has 605,546, a difference of almost 92,000 votes. The data is time-stamped at 2:03 ET this morning, and the link on the front page of the site reads, “Early voters: How Ohio has voted.”

    November 6, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  20. Anne

    'Fired up, ready to go' back to Chicago.

    November 6, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  21. Me IN HOUSTON

    Over the last 4 years the forces that oppose President Obama and all that he stands for have done everything in their power to deny President Obama any form of success or progress even at the expense of our nation and it's citizens.
    They have failed. We are recovering and the Obama is successful. These haters can kick rocks
    OBAMA 2012

    November 6, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  22. Moderate Sean

    I proudly stood in line (For 2 hours) to early vote the day before Hurricane Sandy hit Maryland's Eastern Shore and the DC Metro Area. The line was unbelievable, the wait was long, but the people, to include me, were siked, and it was certainly worth my time to contribute to President Obama's re-election! Thank you sir, Obama2012!!!

    November 6, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  23. cedar rapids

    Critical Thinking
    @ cedar rapids
    Yeah, it was a sample template read on and weep : "So says Gannett’s Cincinnati.com, which has the data from the state government posted at its site this morning. I put the question mark on the data because I don’t see anything up yet at the Ohio Secretary of State’s website, but occasionally the media will get updates prior to the website. According to the data, Mitt Romney already has 697,143 votes before the polls opened a couple of hours ago, while Barack Obama only has 605,546, a difference of almost 92,000 votes. The data is time-stamped at 2:03 ET this morning, and the link on the front page of the site reads, “Early voters: How Ohio has voted.”

    yeah read on and weep.....

    "Update IV: Gannett finally issued a retraction and an apology:

    (note update IV......far after the original info you just posted)

    A Cincinnati.com front-page link to a chart with dummy data, created as a design template for election results, was inadvertently posted early Tuesday morning.
    It purported to show early voting totals in Ohio counties. However, no votes have been counted yet – by law counting doesn’t start until the polls close.
    Cincinnati.com regrets the error."

    November 6, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  24. RobK

    Republican election observer in Detroit threatened with gun. Chicago election judge blatantly wears Obama cap and gives voters multiple ballots. Florida polling place has large Obama poster. Democrat dirty tricks escalating.

    November 6, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  25. dori

    I went out canvassing today for President Obama. It was raining so hard but who can argue with the passion to remind people today it is and your willing to come to their door in a downpour. Some actually said they appreciated seeing such effort.. When I finished my list and began to leave, I cannot deny, I too, got emotional. Things and the issues, and the stark differences are so important right now, and what direction we move, back or forward, and those consequences will be felt for years if not decades. May God answer my prayers

    November 6, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
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