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. BostonianNTheWoodlandsTX

    RobK were there any hanging chads as well ?

    If you want to talk about dirty tricks.

    Pipe down. Pipe WAY down my friend.

    November 6, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  2. JEN


    Are you kidding me?? What about what the republicans are doing in Ohio and Florida!!!! Talk about dirty tricks. They are afraid that obama is going to get ohio and maybe florida.

    November 6, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  3. Teatroll

    bye bye Rocky !!!

    November 6, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  4. Malory Archer


    All women I know are voting for Romney/Ryan.


    You must not know many women. Not surprising tho'. You really should try to get out more.

    November 6, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  5. quinLee

    I'm literally waiting for my co-worker, who listens to nothing but Fox and Rush all day, head to explode. I'm wondering if this meltdown will be worse than the one she had when Obama won 4 years ago.

    And judging by many of these comments, me thinks there will be a LOT more heads exploding by this time tomorrow.

    November 6, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    Dominican mama 4 Obama

    We are not so much excited to vote you back in for a second term Mr. President as we are DETERMINED to give you the second term that you have EARNED.

    Hey, there. I FINALLY got MY turn to do right by our President. It's been a long time coming ...... !

    November 6, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  7. Malory Archer


    Tomorrow you will be a lame duck. It will be official that you are another one termer.


    Actually he'll be a lame duck even after he wins tonight. Only difference is he doesn't have to worry about running again so he can do what he should have done four years ago – roll right over the haters who started planning on innaguration day their efforts to make him a one-term President.

    November 6, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  8. Name

    Go Obama!!!!

    November 6, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  9. truth hurts

    All criminals eventually return to the scene of the crime. Looks like Obama is no different.

    I've been fired up and ready for him to go for years now. The clueless wonder has done irreparable damage to this country with his wasted, debt riddled four years of failure.

    November 6, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  10. Spender in chief

    BO outspent Romney 2-1 in campaign ads. It's nice to see that he is as careless with his money as he is ours.
    Its a shame that $170,000,000 can't hide all his misdeeds and lies.

    November 6, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  11. Malory Archer


    70 Republican poll watchers kicked out in Philadelphia by Democrats. The dirty tricks are starting.


    Can you provide a CREDIBLE link to your claim? No? Didn't think so. You'd better come up with a better lie of the kock brothers aren't going to pay you your dollar for spewing your daily share of lies.

    November 6, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  12. abrahim

    We shoulde to say thank obama kill bin laden and otHers go obama!

    November 6, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  13. Valarie Eve

    President Obama and First Lady Michelle...I voted...for President Obama. I want four more years of his dedicated, caring, intelligent, forward moving leadership. President Obama are a great leader. You have my full support and dedication. You and First Lady, Michelle inspire me. God Bless you both and your girls, and God Bless America!

    November 6, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  14. Namerose

    the Bahamas for obama

    November 6, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  15. California Gary

    @critical thinking.......first of all, he didn't have 2 full might want to research the date that Brown took office in Mass......and the senate was never really filibuster proof. Secondly, you state the GOP didn't cooperate with Obama because he rammed his agenda down their throats........since they decided on the day of his inaugeration not to cooperate with him on anything.......I'm just wondering what it was he crammed down their throats as he was getting sworn in? You should try making your points with the use of factual information rather than the mularky you are asking people to believe.

    November 6, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Hey, there. I FINALLY got MY turn to do right by our President. It's been a long time coming ...... !
    Felt great to do right not only by our President but by our country didn't it Lynda?!

    Meanwhile, the GOP will find it EXTREMELY hard to move folks out of these lines today. They have employed various tricks including but not limited to shutting down polls then re-opening them an hour later but people are NOT budging.
    We have waited for FOUR years to validate our FIRST vote for Obama with our SECOND vote for President Obama. We will not be deterred. We will not be turned away.
    We WILL help our President continue to move our country FORWARD! FORWARD! FORWARD!!!!
    Obama 2012.

    November 6, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  17. Inde Di

    Cant wait to support you for the next four years Mr President. It conintues to be an honor to have you as our Presddent

    November 6, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  18. Ace

    I am going to throw the office a party the minute we get rid of Obama. He is no doubt worst President of my lifetime. As has been stated, Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people.

    November 6, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  19. Expat American

    " effective foreign policy and a STRONG leader [unlike Obama of the rubber spine!]..."
    Romney pretty much endorsed the Obama Administration’s foreign policy when he embarrassingly conceded the third debate.

    Romney’s additional ramblings at the third debate further revealed that when not agreeing with the President’s foreign policy, his global perspective and foreign relations experience is shockingly very weak.

    For the most part, the only point where Romney differed from the President on foreign policy was when he threw out the apology tour accusation – which was pretty much discarded universally due to the laughable ignorant intent behind it.

    November 6, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  20. kathy

    President Obama brought us through some tough times. I pray for peace, a return to a prosperous nation, and a second term for President Obama.

    November 6, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  21. ronb

    LOL. Poor, pitiful, GOP supporters. Don't even know that they are in the 47% willard wants nothing to do with! You don't make enough money for him to be concerned about you or your family. He'll never convince you to take responsibility for your life. He lies to you. Gets called on it and STILL lies to you as though you are really stupid. Great choice for president (NOT!).

    Obama/Biden will win BIG tonight. No doubt about it. GOP is going to learn that they are done for the next 50 years. Voter suppression. Women's rights. Social issues. All the things that MEAN MORE THAN MONEY are against the GOP. If you support the president and haven't voted yet, get off this page and get to the polls!!!! EVERY VOTE COUNTS!!!

    November 6, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  22. truth hurts

    abrahim - We shoulde to say thank obama kill bin laden and otHers
    Don't forget to thank him for killing our ambassador Chris Stevens and three others in Libya with his incompetence and neglect.

    Also don't forget to thank him for killing Brain Terry, US Border Patrol, with his illegal Fast & Furious gun running program.

    Oh yeah and don't forget to thank him for killing hundreds if not thousands of Mexican citizens with his illegal Fast & Furious gun running program.

    His expertise at getting people killed has also extended to killing our economy and jobs.

    Obama – Natural Born Killer (movie remake already underway)

    November 6, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  23. M in AZ

    Mr. President, myself, my mother, my son, my best friend ... We've got your back!!! Fired up! Ready to go! Forward!!!!!!

    November 6, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  24. Ace

    It is nice Obama exterminated his cousin. Thats about the only good thing he did.

    November 6, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  25. RapidOne

    Time to do the right thing and vote for Obama who has been cleaning up the mess left by Republicans that many too soon have forgotten. Republicans: always preying on the hate and anger of people with as little information or as much propaganda as possible. It's sad people let themselves be swayed by their lesser selves.

    November 6, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
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