September 27th, 2007
06:44 PM ET
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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. Kay, Las Vegas, NV

    Wow, seriously, why are they making this so easy? I'm beginning to think these women are deliberately trying to sabotage their own spouse's campaigns! Do this woman and Edwards' wife have the same "advisors?" If so, someone might want to "advise" them to get new ones!

    September 27, 2007 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  2. KJ, Sacramento, CA

    She is pretty close to being right. Barack has to do very well in Iowa – but so does any candidate who wants a chance at the nomination. It is unfortunate, but it is a fact – we have a very lazy electorate. They want to vote for a winner and they tend to play follow the leader.

    September 27, 2007 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  3. Renee St.Louis, Mo

    Barack will win Iowas

    September 27, 2007 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  4. Renee St.Louis

    I mean Iowa. He will win the hearts of most caucus goers

    September 27, 2007 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  5. Henry Tucker, Ga

    Wow – Obama is going to pull out if he doesn't win Iowa? That is big news, Michelle.

    September 27, 2007 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  6. Lisa, Ann Arbor, MI

    Surely there's a better picture of Michelle that you could be using...

    September 27, 2007 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  7. lo. meyers - bay harbor, mi.

    Go Obama !!!!

    September 27, 2007 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  8. ronnie - knoxville, tn.

    "...dream on , dream on, dream on , dream until your dream comes true..."

    September 27, 2007 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  9. Common Sense

    More like a Dream Come True when the one and only Barack Obama is elected to the Office of the President of the United States of America. Remember that people? We are all in this together. Not every man for himself as hillary would have you believe.

    September 27, 2007 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  10. Rodney Dallas TX

    Girl just keeps on sticking her foot in her husband's mouth.

    September 27, 2007 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  11. demwit

    Well.., we finally know how much kool-aid you have to drink to get to dream land.

    September 27, 2007 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  12. Denise, Vancouver Island, Canada

    An Unbiased Observation: Obama's wife is killing his chances of winning. She comes across as negative and desparate, just like John Edwards wife. Her biggest gaffe was to put herself as the ultimate example of how to raise children, then in the same sentence, state that she wakes her children in the morning, drops them off where-ever and then doesnt see them until its time to tuck them in bed! She actually thinks THAT is being a good parent!! Hello? Reality calling Mrs. O...who is REALLY raising your children in between wake-up and tuck-in?

    September 27, 2007 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  13. JB Hull IA

    How long did the Clinton supporters who run this blog have to look before they found a picture that ugly of Barack's wife. Ugh. She looks like she's trying to poop.

    September 27, 2007 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  14. Corbett, Seattle WA


    September 27, 2007 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |

    Democrats, Many of these "Republican" posters are school kids who aren't even old enough to vote. Look at the times of their posts, after school hours. They live home with mommy and daddy. They have no idea what they are saying, just something to do until dinner.

    September 27, 2007 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  16. Grant

    Obviously she was firing up supporters but how is this even a story. Where is the story here. She went to a meeting of supporters and told them their votes are important [wow, that's a headline].

    September 27, 2007 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  17. lavelle Rochester,ny

    Annnddddd????? Why not talk about the real issues like policies.

    September 27, 2007 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  18. Katy Chico Ca.

    Of course Iowa is important, but not life and death! Keep going Barack.

    September 27, 2007 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  19. Linda, Chandler AZ

    Here's a better story for you to follow CNN. Right now THOUSANDS of people are crowding their way into Washington Square Park for a rally with Barack Obama. This is not a is a MOVEMENT. News is happening there!

    September 27, 2007 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  20. Ayveel, Dallas, TX

    Lets be real. Everybody knows that Hilary is the 08 nominee. It will be Clinton/Obama or Clinton/Edwards.

    Michelle is just rallying up the troops like the spokesperson said.

    September 27, 2007 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  21. Tom, AlBUQUERQUE, N

    It is becoming more apparent each day that this is not Mr Obama"s time. I thought he should have waited to run for president after more service in the senate. However I do believe he has been a positive influence on the national stage. He and Michelle have a beautiful family and he has a great future in politics.

    September 27, 2007 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  22. RLA Las Vegas, NV

    Completely of the subject:

    Last June I received my renewal notice from my Medicare supplement. It went from $2100.00 to
    $2700.00 for the coming year. I looked into, and signed up with a Medicare advantage policy.

    This is what my old supplemental carrier sent to me. The United States House of Representatives just passed legislation which if enacted into law will dramatically cut the amount Medicare advantage companies are paid. This will result in companies leaving the market and cutting benefits on Medicare Advantage plans.

    They invited me to return to their plan. If this is all true, listed below; are good reasons for Congress wanting to cut benefits to us senior citizens, so social security has the money for illegal immigrants.

    Subject: If the immigrant is over 65.

    If the immigrant is over 65 they can apply for SSI and Medicaid and get more than my mom gets for Social Security, and she worked from 1944 till 2004, only getting $791 per month because she was born in 1924 and there is a "catch 22".

    It is interesting that the federal government provides a single refugee with a monthly allowance of $1,890.00 and each can also obtain an additional $580.00 in social assistance for a total of $2,470.00/month.

    This compares very well to a single pensioner who after contributing to the growth and development of America for 40 to 5 0 years can only receive a monthly maximum of $1, 012.00 in old age pension and Guaranteed Income Supplement.

    Maybe our pensioners should apply as refugees!

    Consider sending this to all your American friends, so we can all be ticked off and maybe get the refugees cut back to $1, 012.00 and the pensioners up to $2,470.00 and enjoy some of the money we were forced to submit to the Government over the last 40 or 50 or 60 years.

    September 27, 2007 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  23. Debi, Philadelphia, Pa

    From her mouth to God's ear

    September 27, 2007 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  24. Jen, Gainesville, FL

    Obama will win. Even if he does not, the sacrifices his and his family will have made will be long remembered and much appreciated; the American politics will remain in a dark age for quite a long time.

    September 27, 2007 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  25. Larry, West Covina, CA

    "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."

    I don't understand why the Obama's talk about changing the world as if he were the Mesiah. America does not need the 'reality show' politics that Michelle Obama brings. This has made it clear that either of the two are ready for the White House.

    September 27, 2007 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
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