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. Anonymous

    Some people need to get hearing aids if your going to vote for Romney, Obama had a mess and he has done a great job getting us back.and I for one can't wait to see what he does with the next four years. Fired up and ready to go
    in Nebraska!

    November 6, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  2. Southern Moderate

    Watched his emotional last canpaign , made me wish I could vote in Iowa instead of in a red state that votes as a repub block. Do not know the outcome but for those that think he did not help this country , look up the facts, just a few things, , Lilly Ledbetter equal pay act for women , no GOP support there, the finiacial reform that Romney wants to undo , a health reform patterned after Mass which covers 99% in that state and they love it , the car bail out that saved jobs all over this country and the federal loan was paid back with interest , and Al Queda in shambles and Bin Laden paid the price for 9/11 vs a War ended and another ending in 1214. That is just a starter!!! Look it up , even the defiect has been reduced the last 2 yrs by millions over its high point caused by Bush policies. If you do you math you will see Romney will dig us in deeper. But after all I am a 47% percenter and must be a victim, and am no more than a fly on the wall to Romney.

    November 6, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  3. SuperD

    Don't buy into Obama, he's had his chance and he chose radical progressive, hyper Liberal positions on everything. He is a partisan hack, has a lack of knowledge in any endeavor that does not fit his radical positions.

    He's got to go! He is dumbing down the people into thinking this economy and the 8% employment is now "Normal"

    He's hated the United States from Day 1 and wants to move it towards a progressive wet dream of freebies for everyone all the time, meanwhile making the middle class pay for this nonsense.

    Use your head, vote for Romney,maybe you'll have a job in 2013.

    November 6, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  4. Joyce

    Yes we are fired up and ready to go. Voted this morning for My President Barack Obama and the rest of the Democrates.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    November 6, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  5. politics as usual

    Don't let the door hit your butt on the way out.

    November 6, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  6. GI Joe

    I wouldn't vote for Lying Mitt if my life depended on it. He's all for tax cuts for the wealthiest (how many billions do they need?)

    We need our elders to be taken care of and our children educated so they can survive in this country.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    November 6, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  7. FLIndpendent

    For the life of me, I can't understand how anyone could vote for a guy that is overwhelmingly losing the state he governed. If that doesn't tell us all we need to know I don't know what does. Romney keeps touting that he knows how to work across the aisle but the reality is that the Dems in Massachusetts were willing to work with him. We know the obstruction that President Obama has faced and Paul Ryan was one of the pack that caused the problems, not the President. I pray that people use their common sense and put blind hate aside, but we'll see what happens.

    November 6, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  8. Expat American

    Let's bring it home.
    Let's keep the clock moving forward and not turn it back to 2000-2008 and failed Republican policies.

    November 6, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  9. PTNY

    Great good-bye to campaigning! I'm sure Obama is exhausted.

    ♥ Barack Obama 2012 ♥

    November 6, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  10. Sid

    Iran suspends uranium enrichment. Gesture to boost Obama’s reelection
    DEBKAfile Special Report November 4, 2012, 9:25 AM (GMT+02:00)
    I'm alittle confused... :o/ .... Why should Iran have an interest in President Obama's reelection ???

    November 6, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  11. Both sides are full of it

    I'm glad you're fired up, sir. It will make the packing to leave the White House quicker work. Thanks for your service, but it's no longer required.

    November 6, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  12. Anne

    No matter what the results are, Obama has been a terrible president. A Nobel prize president who was regarded like the golden child 4 years ago having to fight for his political career, it's painful and shows how bad he actually is. I hope Romney will win so voters would learn a lesson about how to establish priorities when they cast their votes. It's still the economy stupid!

    November 6, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  13. Anne

    For the life of me, I can't understand how anyone could vote for a guy that is overwhelmingly losing the state he governed.
    Mr. Obama has equal chances to lose the country he governed!

    November 6, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  14. Both sides are full of it

    In case anyone has forgotten, Obamacare is Romney's Mass healthcare program repackaged. At least vote for the man who designed it rather than the salesman whoe put a new name on it and sold it. Obama's days as used car salesman in chief are over.

    November 6, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  15. M-AZ

    Mr. President,

    Whatever happenes you did the best you could, and you did good...but I am still in it with you; you got my vote for 2012.


    November 6, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  16. mikey

    What does President Barack Obama America
    looks like. It is an America where the lawless, unaccomplished, ignorant and
    incompetent rule. It is an America where those who have sacrificed nothing
    pillage and destroy the lives of those who have sacrificed greatly

    He failed as president because he is incompetent, dishonest and not interested
    in the actual work of governing. His statist policies helped consign millions
    of Americans to a lower standard of living and his odious class warfare further
    divided the nation. He had no intention of uniting the country — it was his Big

    November 6, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  17. Critical Thinking

    Fired? Why yes, he will be fired after today.

    November 6, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  18. wjmccartan

    As a Canadian, I hope with all my heart that history will read Barak Obama 2008-2016, if you can give a friend a lift to vote do it. Drive your Mom, your sister, your brother and your Grandparents, drive a neighbour. Vote, Vote, Vote. America is on its way to being pulled out of the mire that's been created by another republican president, perhaps the worst in history. Forward with President Obama who the man Obama the man.

    Lucid One

    November 6, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  19. Get Real

    I don't care how many tears Obama wants to cry to save his job. He's no good at it so must be fired.

    November 6, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  20. AzDem

    Team Obama/Biden 2012..time to bring it home! Vote Vote Vote!

    November 6, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  21. independent

    Obama gets emotional? Since 2009 he mocked and berated anyone who didn't agree with his ridiculous policies and said crazy things like "at some point you've made enough money." I hope Obama is truly fired after today.

    November 6, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  22. Critical Thinking What an absolute actor, I guess he has been getting some lessons from his LA friends. What a total Obamaloney. He doesn't care at all for the people of Iowa or this country. I'm glad to see that America has awaken from his kool aid induced speeches.

    It's time : BO WILL GO !

    November 6, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  23. fernace

    I would think this election like none other had taught us how government works! But still people make uneducated statements as to who is responsible to rebuild our economy! If a president is hampered by a congress w/a 2 point agenda,(no tax for 1%, Obama 1 term), who throw tantrums like toddlers & obstruct at every turn if they don't get their agenda pushed thru, we have the slow recovery we've experienced! Even so the President has managed much positive to improve the immediate & take us into the future! He wants to build on democracy for all Americans! The RR's want to usher in a whole new system, plutocracy, benefitting corperations & the 1%! I'm going Forward w/Obama!!

    November 6, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  24. Marina

    Short Memory and ingratitude...that is american People.
    Forgot how the economy was four years ago and no thankfulness four the last four years. The next four years will be even better with Obama. The REP. damaged the economy then blame Obama Waht a world we are living in!

    November 6, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  25. Chris MC

    It is GREENWOOD, SC not Greenville. The President stated in a hotel in Greenville the night before his meeting in Greenwood.

    November 6, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
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