Tuesday, November 6, 2012
President Barack Obama ended his campaign last night in Des Moines, just steps from his former 2008 campaign headquarters, making a final push for Iowa voters with over 20,000 looking on.
President Obama brought the final campaign rally of his political career back to the place where it all began, asking voters Monday night to help him win a second term. More than 20,000 Iowans packed the streets in the East Village of Des Moines, and both the President and first lady were serenaded with chants of "Four more years!" as they spoke to supporters last night. The president brought Bruce Springsteen along with him. Springsteen, who has appeared alongside Obama through much of the campaign, came out to a rousing ovation. Urging Iowans to get out to vote, Springsteen told attendees that he was convinced Obama was the right choice for the country. Obama will spend the day in Chicago waiting for the election results to come in, …
Monday, November 5, 2012
Iowa voters launched Barack Obama's first White House bid with a win in the 2007 caucuses. The president wrapped up his cross-country campaigning in Des Moines with First Lady Michelle Obama and The Boss, Bruce Springsteen.
Barack Obama ended his 2012 campaign Monday back where it all began for him more than four years ago, in Iowa, and he brought Bruce Springsteen and First Lady Michelle Obama with him in an appearance before thousands of people jammed together in a packed downtown Des Moines. The president ended his final day of campaigning by taking the stage in Des Moines' East Village at about 10 p.m., talking for about 40 minutes to an estimated crowd of 20,000. "I come back to Iowa to ask for your help one more time," the president said. "I come back to Iowa where it all started." He told the audience that he knows what real change looks like. "We fought for it. We have the scars to show, I have the gray hair," the president said to laughs. "When …
Monday, October 29, 2012
About 500 enthusiastic supporters gathered to cheer First Lady Michelle Obama in the Sheraton Hotel Ballroom.
Michelle Obama clearly has some fans in Iowa City. As she was rounding up her speech, a man in the audience felt inspired enough to shout out a question as she was speaking Monday afternoon in front of an enthusiastic crowd of about 500 supporters at the Sheraton Hotel Ball Room. "Michelle, will you marry me?" "Sorry," the first lady replied with a smile. "I'm already taken." She did, however, share some love right back to Iowa City. Noting that it was in this city and this state where their ascendancy to the White House began, and that it was emotional to come full circle. "I'm not going to cry right here in front of all these cameras, but just let me tell you, we love you so much." The First Lady spent a little over a half an hour on …
Friday, September 28, 2012
The First Lady spoke on the University of Northern Iowa campus, promoting early voting and her husband's re-election bid.
Michelle Obama urged an enthusiastic crowd in Cedar Falls to vote early Friday. "Here in this state, it is already Election Day," she said. "The beauty of where you are is that early voting started yesterday." She said in 2008 her husband, President Barack Obama, won Iowa by 87 votes per precinct. "That could mean just a couple of votes in a neighborhood," she said. "Maybe you know someone who might be thinking their vote doesn’t matter. Just keep that number, 87, in mind when you talk to them." The speech, on the University of Northern Iowa campus, was the latest in a string of campaign visits to the area, including by Barack Obama, who visited Waterloo in August. Michelle Obama's early voting pitch, part of an orchestrated part of the …
The Obama campaign has released a new video praising Iowans and urging them to vote early.
The Obama campaign has released a new video praising Iowans for their support and urging them to vote early. Early voting for election 2012 in Iowa began on Thursday, and the Obama campaign had a strong turnout in several parts of the state, including large student turnout in Iowa City. "Being here again just brings back unbelievable memories of 2007/2008. This really is where the movement started," President Barack Obama said in the video. "Even when we were counted out. Even when we were behind in the polls, we could come here to Iowa and they would just lift our spirits. To be back is a real pleasure." The YouTube video, "President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in Iowa: Vote Early," reflects on the importance of Iowa in the 2008 …
Monday, September 3, 2012
There is no word yet on the location for President Barack Obama's second visit to Iowa City this year.
Iowa continues to benefit from being one of the true swing states left in what could be a very close election. The Obama campaign has confirmed that this Friday, following the Democratic National Convention, President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Dr. Jill Biden will all be in Iowa City for a campaign event. This will follow a trip by all four to New Hampshire. No word yet on where the event will be and when. As this Press-Citizen article notes, however, the visit by the president's entourage will also compete with what is looking to be a very busy Friday and following weekend in the Iowa City area. This will be Obama's eighth trip to Iowa this year. Just last week he made stops in Ames and …
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Two-time gold medal gymnast Gabby Douglas chatted with First Lady Michelle Obama last night on "The Tonight Show." Tonight she's Dave's guest on "Late Show With David Letterman."
The London 2012 Olympics are officially over. The flame is out and now the stars of the games -- the gold-medal women's gymnastics team -- are making the rounds of TV shows. Monday night Gabby Douglas -- who moved to West Des Moines to train for the past two years at Chow's Gymnastics -- chatted with First Lady Michelle Obama and host Jay Leno on "The Tonight Show." According to the Huffington Post, Gabby admitted indulging in post-Olympics McDonald's food to the wrong person: healthy food advocate Obama, who teased the gymnastics champion. "You're setting me back, Gabby," Obama told Douglas, according to a network transcript. Douglas became the third straight U.S. athlete and first African-American to win the all-around title, the website…
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Both President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are making Iowa a frequent stopping place as they campaign for the November election.
Updated 2:18 p.m.: President Barack Obama will spend three days in Iowa next week. On Monday, August 13, Obama will travel to Council Bluffs and Boone for campaign events. On Tuesday, August 14, he will hold campaign events in Oskaloosa, Marshalltown and Waterloo. On Wednesday, August 15, First Lady Michelle Obama will join her husband for campaign events in Dubuque and Davenport. Additional details on the campaign events have not yet been released. Original story: President Barack Obama is planning a Waterloo stop next week, Black Hawk County Democratic chairwoman Patt Sass told The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. Obama's campaign office has not released any details or confirmed the visit. Sass said Obama would likely come to Waterloo next …
Sunday, April 29, 2012
President Obama and wife Michelle made separate campaign stops in Iowa last week, while protests continue at the University of Northern Iowa. Our pick of news from around Iowa's Patch sites in the past week.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Deb Belt
Sunday, April 29, 2012
The Patch community includes nine sites in Iowa. Here are some of what was shared on our Iowa Patches over the past week. The presidential campaign began in earnest in Iowa this week with President Obama's visit to the University of Iowa in Iowa City. He made a pitch in the battleground state to prevent a federal student-loan rate increase; a couple dozen protestors outside the event criticized the president's policies. On Tuesday, the first lady was in the Des Moines area for a fundraiser and to thank volunteers for their efforts. A Wisconsin teacher, Shannon Cardinal, 43, was arrested on multiple charges for an alleged sexual relationship with a 17-year-old Marion boy. If convicted, Cardinal faces up to 186 years in prison. The charges …
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
First Lady Michelle Obama was in Des Moines and Windsor Heights Tuesday to thank volunteers for their work on the campaign. The president will speak at the University of Iowa on Wednesday.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
A crowd of 400 gathered Tuesday at the community center in Windsor Heights to hear First Lady Michelle Obama urge the audience of campaign volunteers to stay focused and fired up because the presidential election could be a very tight race. “I just want you to remember that in the end, this could come down to the last few thousand people we register to vote or help to get to the polls in November. On the sixth of November,” Obama said. Obama added: “I have said this before, Iowa, and you’ve heard me say it. He cannot do this alone. He needs you to help him.” “We’ll help!” a woman yelled back. The first lady never mentioned Mitt Romney, the presumptive GOP nominee, but repeatedly stressed that her husband has a “core” of values. The …