November 6th, 2012
12:54 AM ET
10 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. BetterDaysAhead

    I think the Obama supporters must have fired one up, being stoned is the only excuse I can think of for voting for him again. I know, it's embarrassing to admit being wrong , but it is even worse to hide it and be wrong again just to save face! Smarten up folks, Obama math doesnt work. Not for our government, not for our families. Can your family spend its way to prosperity and a good credit rating when your debt far exceeds your income? Nope! ROMNEY 2012!

    November 6, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  2. Election Day - One more push

    Romney is still going around while Obama went back to Chicago to play basketball. Obama instead of playing basketball, dont you think he should at least go to NY or NJ and survey the damages and prepare for the next cold weather coming in. Sad to say, i have voted for him 2008. NOT this time, its time for a real change. Not just full of talk NO ACTION. His Action cost the country another 6 trillion.

    November 6, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    -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???
    Paying attention to Romney's tax plan, that's what we've been doing. Do you really think the budget will be balanced by yet another tax cut, followed by a huge increase in defense spending, or are you hoping the budget fairy will come and sprinkle magic pixie dust to make it work? Besides, tax cuts don't produce jobs: demand for consumer goods does, and Romney will kill consumer spending because the tax cuts for the middle class WILL NEVER HAPPEN. He does not care about you, only himself.

    November 6, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC


    Big mural of Obama in a polling place in Philly in direct violation of election law.
    The polling place was at Barack "Who's Sane" Obama Elementary School.

    November 6, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
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