September 27th, 2007
06:44 PM ET
15 years ago

Michelle Obama: 'If Barack doesn't win Iowa, it's just a dream'

Barack and Michelle Obama in Iowa last month.
Michelle Obama: 'If Barack doesn't win Iowa, it is just a dream'

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - Michelle Obama told a crowd in eastern Iowa Wednesday night that if her husband, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, doesn't place first in the Hawkeye State then "it is just a dream."

"Iowa will make the difference," Mrs. Obama said. "If Barack doesn't win Iowa, it is just a dream. If we win Iowa, then we can move to the world as it should be."

Bill Burton, an Obama spokesman, told CNN, "Let's not make too much of this. She was just firing up the troops in Iowa, which she is excellent at doing."

"Everybody wants to do well in Iowa," Burton continued, "but the fact is we have a large and growing grassroots organization in all of the early primary states and are beginning to build strong organizations in the February 5th states."

Polls among the top three Democrats in Iowa have shown a tight race. A recent Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll had Clinton at 28 percent, Edwards at 23 percent, and Obama at 19 percent. The poll of 462 likely caucus-goers had a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percent.

- CNN's Peter Hamby, Candy Crowley, and Chris Welch contributed to this report

soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. monica, rochester new york

    Nancy of Dallas, too bad you weren't in NYC today to get exposed to the 24,000 people in "Hillary town" who came out to support Obama. National polls are just one indicator that is simply easy to digest for the average american. Real political followers know that there are many other important metrics, i.e. where people choose to donate they also choose to vote, and we know who's inspiring the most number of Americans to be a part of this campaign by giving of their time and money no matter how small the amount. That is Obama and no other. So don't count your chickens dear before they've hatched. Obama stands for judgment, hope, change and bringing all sides together, it's not too late for you to join us. I'm so happy Obama entered this race to give us a choice versus the status quo. As a supporter of democracy you should be happy about that too.
    Shame on CNN for not reporting on this newsworthy rally in NYC.
    Since when does 24,000 people coming to a political event no garner immediate news coverage. That was unprecedented support for a candidate and much more newsworthy than some innocent statement by Michelle.

    September 27, 2007 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  2. Arlene, IL

    I am wondering why democrats are trying to support Obama. He has no experience in politics and in foreign affairs. He has to go home now. Goodbye.

    September 28, 2007 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  3. marti jones, waukesha, wi.

    Michele Obama is frequently pictured with an expression that makes it seem something unplesant-smelling is underneath her nose.

    September 28, 2007 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  4. The Gee Wiz

    Here is a gift from New York– Stop pulling punches on Hillary's bad habit of taking dirty money, and making excuses for it. Start with the FAKE COMMODITIES TRADING SHE DID TO TURN 2K into 90k overnight when Elvis, Jr. was running! These two are Bonny and Clyde. Bonnie and Clyde were fun to watch, but don't let the baby sit the kids... capish?

    September 28, 2007 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  5. walters, A

    MICHELLE OBAMA was just doing her best to generate support for her husband campaign, most of u guys should learn to read and entire segment before jumping into conclusion that is not only a disservice to this nation but a ridicule of your comprehension.
    Obama 2008 -a clear soln to this present FIASCO.

    September 28, 2007 04:14 am at 4:14 am |
  6. Jazzy, Alabama

    To the person who wanted to talk about who is raising the Obama children. I would advise you to get your facts straight before you make a fool of yourself. Sen. Obama's mother in law takes care of the children when they aren't with their parents and when they aren't at school. They have stated this in public television interviews and in also written interviews.


    Now about Mrs. Obama's comment it is always best to think about what you say before you say it. You don't just give up because you don't win the vote of one state, what type of message are you sending to the people who are leaning towards voting for you husband or are undecided about who they are voting for period? Or what about the people who have already made up their mind to vote for your husband what message are you sending to them?

    September 28, 2007 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  7. Arshad, Newburgh, NY

    Since when CNN has lost the last drop of professionalism in journalism. It's deeply sad and disturbing to see such a downfall of a reputable news network.

    You folks are reporting petty news on insignificant candidates or OJ Simpson or Larry Craig or candidate's spouse. How about couple of words on Senator Obama's rally last night in Hillary's turf, right in the middle of NYC on a week night. When is the last time, 25,000 people attended in a rally of a presidential candidate. How many of the candidates in current election, both dem and republicans ever pulled even 25% of the huge crowd and that too in the so called front runner's house.

    Don't you think, if anything, that news deserve a huge headline today? You think Media is sooooooooo powerful that you can declare a war against a specific candidate and make American people influenced to vote the one you like. Well look at pictures of last nights rally. It says, your strategy is not working. People are using their own judgement, finding the right candidate on their own. They are not giving any respect to MSM. So before you folks loose your credibility and become irrelevant and earn a huge embarassment for you, PLEASE revise your strategy of singing Hillary song only. We are not asking favor for Obama but report news that is news worthy. That's a fair expectation I guess, CNN, "the trusted news network".

    September 28, 2007 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  8. Seam, Philly PA

    Hey demwit, what's up with the Kool-Aid remark? I dare you to say that directly to a black person.

    September 28, 2007 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  9. lavelle Rochester,ny

    ^^^Ill post this again! Since CNN didnt not put it up! Obama had over 24,000 people attend his rally in "HillBIll's" I laugh at that because I live in NY and have yet to see her impact on this state. Obama had people watching him from business windows looking down at something so amazing the media just refuses to really give you the truth on Obama and his powerful campaign. Those 24,000 plus people were not there for the Yankees, they were there for Obama. Just like my boy Jay z said "Men lie,Women Lie...But numbers dont!"


    September 28, 2007 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  10. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Obama seems like a good candidate – he is left wing – yet honest about what effect his healthcare reform will have (higher taxes) – if the Democrats ran Obama I would have so much more respect for them as they would of chosen a candidate that is honest and forthright – yet there are all those "go girl" supporters of someone with skeletons in her closet...doesn't answer one question at the debates – yet..she has support....Dems – prove that the truth is important for you too – if he runs against Rudy – I would still vote for Rudy – I want a moderate – but if my fellow demos choose any of the religious minority right wingers – and Obama gets the nod – he will most likely get my vote

    September 28, 2007 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  11. Ann, Fort Collins, CO

    Mrs. Obama's remarks were adjusted by the Quad Cities Times which first reported it. This is NOT what she said and thus the Times changed it.
    Please update your records.

    September 28, 2007 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  12. Sybil

    What a lovely family portrait. They should have that framed and put it on their mantle.

    September 28, 2007 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  13. Ron, Piscataway, New Jersey

    All these people attacking Michelle's picture are so rude. We all take bad pictures. Who cares! How many of these people attacking her picture would balk when asked to take out their awful drivers license photo!
    If you don't like being mocked don't mock someone else.
    Anyway, she is technically right. If Obama does badly he is done. But if Hillary doesn't beat Obama and Edwards by a lot or they basically all break even she'll be going downhill and Obama and Edwards will get boosts for New Hampshire.

    September 28, 2007 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  14. RuthieM

    First of all, this is not Mrs. Obama's quote, it is the media's erroneous quote of her.
    why can't you media be fair and print her words as she said them!! Secondly, Obama campaign knows they must win Iowa.

    September 28, 2007 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  15. ericas stephens

    With this stupid woman as a wife he has no chance!

    September 28, 2007 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  16. Michael James -- Illinois

    As noted by snopes, there is a lie being propagated that Obama is a Muslim. He is not and efforts to link him to radical Islam are, at best, signs of desperation from people who know that Barack is the best candidate. They can't win on substance against him, so they resort to spreading falshoods.

    If you believe the rumors about Barack being a Muslim, then be sure to watch out for the Good Times virus and to send your business card to that kid who died from cancer and who wants to live on the internet forever.

    September 29, 2007 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  17. annie, rockville, md

    I couldn't agree more with Kay. It is as if Michelle Obama is jealous or something. What kind of woman purposely sabotages her husband!! His campaign managers must be imbeciles or they would muzzle her. She needs to learn to choose her words carefully, and better yet, not speak to the media. She is an embarrassment to all woman, especially African American women.

    November 13, 2007 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  18. josie

    Please Michelle, tone down a bit. Let your dignified and intelligent husband shine. Don't act like "the power behind the throne", so soon or even if Barack does become president. Avoid saying "doggone i!" four times in a short speech as you did in New Hampshire. Stop looking back at slavery days. Many people have gotten over that, or are trying their "doggone" best to –and the victory in "white" Iowa, is proof enough. The less we talk and keep harping on slavery issues, the faster it will go away. Let's remember that the United States is NOT ONLY bLACK AND WHITE. Many US citizens do not belong to those two categories, many arre "mixtures", so let's stop the HUMAN color coding and just call ourselves Americans NOT hyphenated Americans.

    January 13, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  19. Anonymous

    "If we win Iowa, then we can move to the world as it should be."

    This statement doesn't make sense. "We can move to the world as it should be?" Perhaps she means, "We can move forward on the task of creating a world that reflects our ideals."

    This woman is embarrassing. I cringe to think of her representing our nation at State Dinners and abroad.

    She is a broad. Just a classless, tasteless, half-educated broad. Sistah better stop thinking so well of herself.

    January 18, 2008 05:26 am at 5:26 am |
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