Barack Obama makes final campaign stop in Des Moines


Photo: Adam Ring/Iowa State Daily

President Barack Obama embraces his wife, first lady Michelle Obama, at the final rally for his re-election Monday, Nov. 5, in the East Village of Des Moines. Michelle provided the introduction speech for Barack.

David Bartholomew

In what turned out to be an emotional and nostalgic campaign stop, President Barack Obama came to the East Village in Des Moines on Monday night to campaign for the last time this election.

Obama’s visit to Des Moines was the same place where his launch for the presidency began back in 2007, only this time he was speaking to a crowd of 20,000 supporters.

The night started off as Des Moines police, in conjunction with the Secret Service, herded thousands of attendees down Grand Avenue and into the East Village to hear Obama speak.

Obama spoke in front of his 2008 caucus headquarters.

“I came back to ask you to help us finish what we started because this is where our movement for change began,” Obama said. “When the cynics said we couldn’t, you said: ‘Yes, we can’.”

Occasionally speaking with a slight quiver in his voice and fighting back a tear or two, Obama sought to stand his ground on the eve of election night and thanked his supporters for their dedication over the years.

“You took this campaign and you made it your own and you organized yourselves block by block, neighborhood by neighborhood, county by county, starting a movement that spread across the country,” Obama said. “In Iowa, in 2008, your voice changed the world.”

Obama did not take too much time out of his speech to talk about his opponent, Republican candidate Mitt Romney. Instead, he used his time at the podium to highlight his what he had accomplished in his first term and reinforce his idea that the country was on the right track, and he would get the country completely back on its feet in his second term.

“We’ve made real progress these last four years,” he said. “But Iowa, we’re here tonight because we’ve got more work to do. We’re not done yet on this journey; we’ve got more road to travel.”

Obama ended his speech with another push for everyone to vote in Tuesday’s elections

Obama currently leads Romney by five points in Iowa, according to the latest poll from The Des Moines Register.

“I got a lot more fight left in me, but to wage that fight on behalf of American families, I need you to still have some fight left in you too,” Obama said. “It’s out of my hands now, it’s up to you.”

Obama was also joined by his wife, Michelle Obama, and musician Bruce Springsteen earlier in the night both of whom riled up the crowd prior to Obama’s arrival to the stage. While Springsteen performed for the crowd, often intertwining pro-Obama lyrics into his songs, Michelle gave a heart-felt and sentimental speech about her husband.

“This is a pretty emotional time for us because this is the final event of my husband’s final campaign. This is where it all began, right here,” she said. “Tomorrow we have a chance to finish what we started here in Iowa.”