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. pl. at the UN for a while.

    Just what I had suspected. Ms Obama telling it as it is: " was a kind of a joke until now,...Iowa will be our GPS...we'll see".
    President? forever carrying his GPS with him?

    September 27, 2007 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  2. obama 20never CA

    Gosh, she's ugly!

    September 27, 2007 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Clearly she's making that face because the T-Rex is gnawing on her head.

    September 27, 2007 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  4. L'Angelo Mysterioso

    It is unfortunate McCain is the best of a bad lot when it comes to foreign policy.
    The U.N. is useless to stop terror until
    genocide occurs. We must take the mantle
    of policeman of the world to stop these
    atrocities because the financial interest
    of Russia and China precludes the U.N.
    from assuming its duties.

    September 27, 2007 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  5. Tim, Cincinnati, OH

    "If we win Iowa, then we can move to the world as it should be." That's crazy talk. Once again, Michelle has put her foot in it.

    September 27, 2007 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  6. Therese Bourdeaux, Chicago, IL

    Go Obama! You know, even people in Indonesia (the fourth largest country in the world) are talking about Obama. Unfortunately the media was misinformed about Obama's childhood in Indonesia – keep the record straight, he did NOT go to a Madrasah school, he went to a "normal" public school in Jakarta.

    Hope Obama will give America a new perspective about the world because of his background.

    September 27, 2007 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  7. ronnie - knoxville, tn.

    this woman has no decorum or dignity. she's not ready for prime time and thinks she's still gossiping with her girlfriends.

    when she said to hillary that "if you can't take care of your own house, how can you take care of the White House", that was nasty. when she told us how stinky and snorey Barack is in the morning, that was TMI. now she's babbling on about how she's afraid Barack will lose Iowa, then it's all over.

    think back on Lady Bird Johnson , Jackie Kennedy with her beautiful lady-like suits and Mrs. Ford and Mrs. Carter with her gentle voice. these are proper ladies, not radical feminists gone awry. michelle's voice is like yelling and so is baracks' . if you can ' t get your point across without that "preacher" yelling, lecturing voice, you don't have a leg to stand on.

    September 27, 2007 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  8. laurinda,ny

    Isn't Ronnie from Knoxville talented. She sang us a line from Aerosmith. If the Republicans get in we'll be singing... this whole crazy world.. it is exploding.. violence flaring..bullets loading.. your old enough to kill..but not for voting..

    September 27, 2007 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  9. marti jones, waukesha, wi.

    Wha? now she's an expert on primary campaign management ?

    September 27, 2007 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  10. mpd, northlake , il

    Im noticing that candidates with little or no success on their resumes in managing people and budgets are the ones rambling on about petty issues that have NOTHING TO DO WITH HOW QUALIFIED THEY ARE.

    Has Obama actually stood up and said what he has done that qualifies him for President, instead of just making the usual promises ?

    September 27, 2007 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  11. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    Obama's qualified for attorney general,that's where we need him.

    September 27, 2007 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  12. Gray, DC

    They as always took this out of context.

    She ask people to close their eyes and imagine what the world could be like. Then she said if Obama din't win it would be just a dream.

    You should know by now the MSM loves to fabricate a story

    September 27, 2007 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  13. John McCarthy, Newport News, VA

    Barack Obama/Tyrannosaurus Rex '08!

    Seriously I would vote for that ticket.

    September 27, 2007 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  14. pam Eugene OR

    I like so much of what Obama says and I am quite sure I will vote for him in spite of his wife. What a disaster she is, my oh my. Has she even said one small thing that might help him? I was disgusted by her comments about sweat and stinky feet. We have no need to know that. It appears she is jealous of all the attention her husband is getting and she just wants to remind he is still the guy who takes out the trash at home.
    But...CNNN she is very attractive and I am so sure you had to
    look long and hard to find a photo that bad of her. At least make the effort to try and look unbiased CNN. We know you are all for Clinton but you do bill yourselves as a news network.
    Michell: if you can do no good for your husband at leat do no harm, PLEASE!

    September 27, 2007 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  15. Christian, Tampa FL

    No one should criticize Michelle for speaking the truth. What she said makes complete sense, strategically. Unless a drastic change takes place in New Hampshire and a few other states, Iowa is the best chance for Obama to build sufficient momentum to take the nomination.

    Otherwise, Hillary wins and hopefully (for the sake of the general election) picks Obama as her running mate.

    Either way, I think Obama is going to advance in 2008, and I will continue to support him regardless of his place on the ticket.

    September 27, 2007 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  16. Nancy Dallas, TX

    If the Iowa outcome means the Obamas' dream of living in the White House and being the most powerful man in the free world is over, thank heavens. Barack is more hype than substance. The poll numbers reflect most people's realization of this. It would be an egregious error to give Obama the reins of the nation based on his rhetoric and vague promises.

    September 27, 2007 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  17. Dan, TX

    Wow, the 24,000+ people that showed up to hear Obama speak in New York today is pretty impressive. Could Hillary attract such a large crowd (Without Bill)?

    Let Clinton tell us that we don't deserve to even hear her answers to questions. I'll vote for the guy who isn't afraid.

    September 27, 2007 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  18. anon, Ottawa, OH

    To: Therese Bourdeoux,

    Obama did study in a muslim school in Indonesia.

    In his book, Audacity of Hope, Obama says his mother had copy of the Koran and the Bhagavad Gita in their home. Mr. Obama says his birth father from Africa was raised a Muslim. In the book, Obama briefly addresses his education in Indonesia when he moved there with his Indonesian stepfather. "During the five years that we would live with my stepfather in Indonesia, I was sent first to a neighborhood Catholic school and then to a predominantly Muslim school.” Indonesia is a muslim country and the school was a Madrassa providing Muslim education.

    As Obmaa was born by a muslim father and has a muslim middle name (Hussein), he is considered muslim for life according to the muslim people and tradition.

    It is ironic that many muslim people outside america do not like us for our policy in the middle east, and Obama may become the next president of the America.

    September 27, 2007 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  19. JR, Washington D.C.

    I am in awe. A person running for president and the news is what the person that person married is news. I guess she is just dipping her toes into the water. But if the polls come out in a negative way, we will never hear from that person again. But I would like to thank the media for sharing that persons opinion. It solved a lot of problems.

    September 27, 2007 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  20. anon, SF, CA

    If Obama loses Iowa, the whole Obama election campaign will just be a bad dream.

    Of the first 4 primary states (IO, NH, NV & SC), Iowa is the only state that Obama has a fighting chance to win based on the margin of errors of polls, although he is still the 3rd after Hillary and Edwards. His standing in IO is increasing, although not as fast as Hillary.

    In NH & SC, Obama's standing keeps falling, while he is still apart from Hillary in NV.

    September 27, 2007 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  21. ronnie - knoxville, tn.

    but Christian of Tampa what has Obama done to show a record of succesful management and solid decisions? ( other than lobby for more tax money from those of us who work hard? ) Other than move tax money around ,what difficult decisions and situations has he faced?

    September 27, 2007 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  22. Biggdawg, Chicago, Illinois

    I'm a staunch Hillary supporter, but I find some of the anti-Obama, particularly Michelle, comments disgusting and nasty. Yes, her comment strikes me as unwise, quite a bit premature, and indicative of a campaign team unbelievably in over their heads. But is it really necessary to attack her looks? She is obviously squinting, as is Barack (note the guy behind them in sunglasses). She is not "ugly".

    But this does prove my theory. If Barack were to win, Michelle would be the next vilified, hated First Lady for no real reason other than she's outspoken - much like Hillary. So much for "the Clintons are divisive where the Obamas aren't" theory.

    Anyway, attack her comments, not her looks.

    September 27, 2007 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  23. lavelle Rochester,ny

    Thats what 24,000 looks like people! And no there not there to watch the NY Yankees either!

    September 27, 2007 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  24. Matt, Chico, CA

    Why does she open her mouth

    September 27, 2007 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  25. Laura - Tulsa, OK

    Michelle seems smart and hard-working, but she gets up in front of crowds and sort of talks AT them, using the most annoying tone. There's something ornery about her that leads one to believe she has an axe to grind and is overly ambitious, like the class president or Reese Witherspoon in 'Election'.

    September 27, 2007 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
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