December 25th, 2007
12:15 PM ET
15 years ago

The sound of silence

Downtown Des Moines, Iowa on Christmas Day. Credit: CNN's Carey Bodenheimer.

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - Greetings from desolate, downtown Des Moines. The normally bustling burg is quiet, save for the peal of church bells marking Christmas Day. No candidate events, no rallies, and no town meetings are being held anywhere in Iowa, as all of the candidates observe the holiday.

Most Iowans are home with family, while stray journalists haunt the hotel bars (or perhaps a few brave souls haunt the hotel gyms) and the skywalks of downtown Des Moines.

There is one event, though unofficial: Sen. Chris Dodd, his wife and daughters have invited the vagabond press corps to go ice skating this afternoon. And yours truly has heard tale of at least one open Chinese restaurant, and - somewhere - an open I.H.O.P.

–CNN's Carey Bodenheimer

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  1. G


    December 25, 2007 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  2. Ron, New Haven, CT

    Make sure to check these just-released detailed rankings of the state of play in the Republican race as well as here in the Democratic race. With a week to go until Iowa, the GOP race especially is in big movement... and these rankings have the shocking analysis of putting McCain on top!

    December 26, 2007 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  3. sal lincoln nebraska

    Des Moines is never busy, furthermore whats with all the news reports with iowans crying about getting crap in the mail from these presidential canidates? Dont put your sham of an election first and you wont get them around christmas time, why are they complaining about this? They created that whole mess and there crying about phone calls and mail being sent to them...Why do white people always have to have things exactly how they want, still have learned the laws of causality...Its truly amazing

    December 26, 2007 03:33 am at 3:33 am |
  4. Haliey IOWA

    With polls showing African-Americans have yet to give overwhelming support to White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama just because hes black, Mrs. Obama playing into the old racist "one-drop" theory? she thinks blacks should accept him because he is part black? She states blacks need to wake up? we want to show our black community we can do this,” Michelle Obama said.The following statement by Michelle Obama is quoted from an interview her husband, Senator Obama gave in Iowa this past weekend. Boy it’s really pretty up here in IOWA but she said, ‘But you know, I can see why if I was living out here, I’d want a gun. This comment by the Senator’s wife was not widely reported in any media sources. Makes you wonder, if this statement had been made, Harlem, by the wife of any Republican candidate, Sharpton would be branding her a racist. Voters are starting to see that her comments are part of a greater propaganda put out by the oprahbama campaign. I've never seen a candidate who had more of a messianic complex, never seen supporters/followers who acted more like cultists than reasoned thinkers. "I cannot swallow whole the view of Lincoln as the Great Emancipator," Obama said. "As a law professor and civil rights lawyer and as an African-American, I am fully aware of his limited views on race. Anyone who actually reads the Emancipation Proclamation knows it was more a military document than a clarion call for justice." Why do you need a “black value system” if Jesus already provides a value system for ALL God’s children. As a black woman. And someone who has been following this race closely. I am young getting a PHD and a single mom. I have not heard much from the Obama camp about what he is going to do to make this country any better. Is he going to make sure that I can afford health care for my child wether my employer offers it or not. Hillary has done that. Maybe she needs to wake up and see that just him having a black face is not going to get him voted in. For the record Hillary did run the white house. She was not just fist lady in title. She was very involved in the politics of the world. She is respected by the world leaders. Hillary has my vote, because she is the best candidate.

    December 26, 2007 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  5. Judy Lewis Davenport IA


    The following statement by Michelle Obama is quoted from an interview her husband, Senator Obama gave in Iowa this past weekend. Boy it’s really pretty up here in IOWA but she said, ‘But you know, I can see why if I was living out here, I’d want a gun.

    December 26, 2007 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  6. Juanita, OC, Calif

    It's amusing to see that the smear comments posted by "Hailey" and "Judy Lewis" have no source information whatsoever. I just did several internet searches and could not find any mention of the purported quotes that these people (possibly HRC hitwomen?) attribute to Michelle Obama and so I DON'T BELIEVE YOU. If you're going to post something so inflammatory, please name your source so that us RESPONSIBLE citizens can research and see with our own eyes whether or not the rumors you people are spreading is true.

    December 26, 2007 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |