Des Moines, Nov 5
Michelle summed it up when she said, “…if he was able to serve”
Not entitled, not “It’s our turn”, but true leadership, which shows itself as service to the people. He is a true man of the people, intent on showing us our power. I felt like he was trying to say it all, one last time. I know he will give many more speeches, but this was laying his heart bare; he had an urgency to make sure we understand.
Tears, tears! We are fortunate to have them serve us!
All I can say is I wouldn’t have missed tonight.
What an emotional night.
I was crying like a baby. I love this man and his family so much it actually hurts! Fired up, ready to go!! And he did the podium slap. He even wiped away a tear. Damn, I want him to be POTUS forever! And that Michelle – she could be elected to anything! Hugs to all the TODers, I don’t post much, but you have inspired me SO much. I can never thank Chips – and all of you enough! #FIRED UP #READYTOGO!
OMG, just look at that embrace. Breathtaking.
Another one you can feel – right through the screen .. I would give anything to be hugged by either or both of them. And really I feel as though I have been.
Honestly, he was thinking so intensely: Baby, as long as I have you, we’ll weather anything.
That’s the look. I just love them both.
Good night everyone. Please wish me luck as I work the polls tomorrow — no shenanigans and smooth sailing, although I’m ready and willing to advocate for the vote!
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Best wishes for a totally uplifting day, PJ. Be assured you’ll frequently be in my thoughts.
To all other TODobots who will be manning different stations, know that you are representing us, and we are with you in spirit. To TODobots who will be driving others, phoning, feeding others, or whatever, be safe and know that we are grateful for the work you’re doing. Be blessed, all of you. Yes. We. Will! #LANDSLIDE2012
That’s nice, VC. I echo your eloquent sentiments.
Go get ‘em, PJ!!
Thank you for what you do – and do what needs must to let all the people vote
Good luck PJ! Wil be thinking of you and all the others working so very, very hard.
Good luck tomorrow, PJ. Will be thinking of all of you doing this labor of love for our democracy and values. Many thanks
good luck tomorrow pj!! and i know you won’t actually kick anybody–just URGE them out the door and to the polls! thanks for all you do.
good luck PJ … everything will be well :)
Go gettim’ Junkessa! You rock!
This was such an emotional time for them both. I could feel it. God bless them both.
My word! Love that iPad can screen capture, have a load of wonderful fantastic shots, between my own wiping away tears that is! Love it, love them, love Chips, love TOD!
What an amazing night! So glad to have witnessed it and shared it with you all. I love Potus and Flotus, a love like theirs is an awesome thing. I am glad they are serving this country! Just beautiful all around. All that’s left to do is to go out and vote for him tomorrow. We need 4 more years of this wonderful and exemplary leadership. He is bar none one of e best leaders this country and the world’s ever had!
PBO true example of a public servant. everything he has done was because it was good policy, good for the people of America, not necessarily because it was good politics.
Bringing this over just because….
Assuming Twitter breaks tomorrow night, we'd like to congratulate President Obama in advance & say we're looking forward to the next 4 yrs!— Republicans 4 Obama (@RsForObama) November 06, 2012
From their twitterific hands to the angels up above.
Ready to go!
Ready to Go…Brooklyn ;). I looooovveeeee my President and First Lady.
phew had to turn off Rachel Maddow as it was constantly pessimistic about PBO. I like Rachel but it’s down right not good to be pessimistic like that on the day before an election.
She is Miss Chicken Little! I’m sticking with TOD, Benen, People’s View, twitter.
I’m done with Rachel. She had her chance. She is smart but at times she is too smart for her own good and defeats that which she supposedly is fighting for in American policy. Can’t she at least give the Presidents one entire election eve prop for all his has done?
Thanks for the heads up – delete.
Yeh, truly disappointing. I was yelling at the TV like a crazy woman. Had to turn her off, just couldn’t take it anymore.
Closing Arguments. Really, only one of these is compelling. Seriously. .@Obama2012 #FORWARD twitpic.com/baqe1c— Dudette (@Dudette9t9) November 06, 2012
20,000 people turned up to show their support for Pres. Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the #FinalRally in Iowa.— (@utaustinliberal) November 06, 2012
Pres. Obama with the love of his life, First Lady Michelle Obama at the final rally in Des Moines, IA. http://t.co/vb4GZ1uL— (@utaustinliberal) November 06, 2012
Lurker in for a comment. With a love like theirs, how could we go wrong America. I am shedding tears of joy to celebrate this amazing man of our times. My heart aches with love for him. Four More Years will be ours tomorrow!
Hey WilTal – be prepared to de-lurk tomorrow, as well! :)
I am breathless from being in awe……
Let’s go get it done for the welfare of our country, let’s re-elect President Obama and VP Biden. 4 More Years.
I hate this man. I was sort of a normal person 5 years ago!
LET’S DO THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
LOL … BWD … thank you for all that you have done in support of PBO. Get some rest … don’t forget the champagne for tomorrow night’s celebration …Yes.We.Can!
Think we can return to being normal again after tomorrow, BWD? I’ve told several friends I’ll call them once the election is over since I’ll have more time on my hands. I figured the obsession will be alleviated somewhat by PBO’s re-election.
:lol: We’re with ya BWD!
BWD, I know exactly how you feel. Love does that.
You have spoken the truth; a normal person five years ago.
It is because of you that a lot of us are here with this wonderful site.
Thanks Chips. So many of us would be clueless without your dedication.
It was AMAZING!!!
That was such a meaningful and emotional final rally. I loved every minute, and President Obama can tell me the “Fired Up, Ready to Go” story 1000 more times, and I will never tire of it. He is a beautiful person, and so is his wife. And I so agree with Chips that anyone who doesn’t vote for him should hang his head in shame forever more.
I want to thank Chips and all of you for everything you have done to help reelect President Obama. I don’t get a chance to post here much but I do read and enjoy the pics and videos and the tweets. The Obama Diary is the place to go to keep caught up on what is happening with the Obama’s. Sometimes I stop by just to breathe, to see a pic that makes me happy, and know I’m among the best people in the country. You really have made a difference.
So thanks again, and when I post something at our forum from here and show a love ya smilie with the link…..I really do love ya!!!
chips, you are our hero–who’s to say how many people have been uplifted by your work, and so have carried on and gotten more voters enthused, and helped more americans see the truth about our president? who’s to say how many of us would have drifted without you? how many times have we been frustrated, and this place has kept us going. you, my dear, are a force for good. and we salute you!!!
Bringing over from the last thread:
November 6, 2012 at 12:02 am
What a woman, what a man! That event was so sweet and also breath-taking. What a blessing to be able to witness this presidency.
What a privilege to be able to vote for him again.
What a joy to share this journey with this special, warm, fierce, nutty and extremely gracious and loving family, here at TOD.
Thanks, Chips for building this refuge. I look forward to spending the next four years with all of you.
I just got an email about my monthly donation to OFA about changing it to Obama Victory Fund, a combo of OFA, Democratic National Party, and state Democratic Parties. I guess this is because OFA will be shutting down? Will we ever see another election like this in our lifetimes?
Nope – THE election of my lifetime and I’m 62!! My grandson called me (rare, damn texting) – he was born when I was 35 – yikes! to reassure me and said he couldn’t wait to vote! Yep, raised him right! Hugs to all. Don’t drink but I’m getting that damn bottle of apple cider chilled and ready to go!
We watched this great man in silence and awe tonight. We have been passionately for him since the 2004 Democratic convention. We have watched and voted and given and worked for him, and understand that he is trying to teach us all to become better citizens, to not let the 1% steal our country, and that we must work to do this. He is a gift to us and to the world. I absolutely adore him and Michelle.
His accomplishments are amazing, and are just beginning.
Well said, carolyn. A great leader for the world community.
THIS x 1,0000000000000000000
Precisely and beautifully stated.
Indeed. The bestest.
Thanks a bunch, Chips, for a great reporting and coverage.
Ah, thank YOU Amk – there wasn’t too much reporting tonight, I was an emotional wreck! Will catch up with everything in the morning (unless I sleep in again).
Chips, thank you, thank you, thank you. You and this site mean so much to me. I, like you have been in tears through most of his speech. Tears of love and gratitude for such an awesome President, tears of happiness that we are (God willing) on the verge of re electing such a great man and tears of sadness that this is his last ever campaign speech and when I saw the tears on Barack’s face I just completely lost it! Words can not express the love and admiration I have for him and his family.
amazing how well he wove the edith childs story into a call-to-action for tomorrow. seems like a good time to watch this again.
Absolutely! I actually thought she was going to be coming out on that stage, I think this is when I got tears in my eyes. But, hey…she’s to damn busy getting the vote out. What a gal! Thanks for posting this 4more, I want to show this one to my husband and now I don’t have to go searching for it…
I loved how President Obama told that story—–‘she said she’d like to see and all, but there were doors that needed knocking on in North Carolina.’
Thanks Chips for the links to the rally’s and the awesome photos. This one of the both of them is going to be one that I am sure will be put into a Presidents history books. Just awesome!
And most of all, your hard work keeping this blog rolling along. Just an awesome lady you are!
I’m so lucky I saw that speech tonight. I love that man and his wonderful wife.
Me two auni, I agree 100%.
Me too. Loved, loved the speech, laughed, CRIED, so much. I am worn out! But, I bought my champagne in readiness and I can not wait to vote tomorrow!!
L.O.V.E. Let One Voice Emerge: youtu.be/32CmasVnvu4 Every Vote Matters #VOTE .@Obama2012 #FORWARD— Dudette (@Dudette9t9) November 06, 2012
Nate Silver and Colbert just made mincemeat of our punditocracy, our “news” infotainers, got Joe Scar in particular, which was especially delicious. Colbert showed clips of all of them calling this election “razor thin”, and Nate basically scoffed at their predictions coming from their gut—- his are coming from the math. Sure hope he’s accurate again this time.
thanks dotster – the internets don’t let me watch Colbert in my world – but it will eventually get to youtube – week or two later
Joe Scar spent today promoting Romney – well he can do that 1 more time – EVER – and then watch his face fall on the ground – and he’ll be growing a mustache – cause PBO is winning Florida and South Carolina
One more day to go all out. Thanks Chips for all you have done to inform, inspire, enliven our lives and to create such a great community of supporters for the greatest President ever. Yes We All Can.
No need to watch the returns Tuesday, this is how it'll go down. demu.gr/1251215545 #VOTE It's all up to YOU NOW #FORWARD— Dudette (@Dudette9t9) November 06, 2012
See you guyz in one hour when I have full power at my factory to charge my laptop battery.
What a great night!!!
Beautiful: Pres Obama talks with World War II veteran Harkless Hutchings, 95, at Rickenbacker Airport, Columbus, Nov. 5 http://t.co/HSbXcrE0— The Obama Diary (@TheObamaDiary) November 06, 2012
At his final rally, Pres. Obama had tears in his eyes as he thanked Iowa for giving him a chance 4 years ago. http://t.co/65Z4icsY— (@utaustinliberal) November 06, 2012
This reminds me so much of his emotional last rally in VA in 2008 when his grandmother passed.
Awww… I love you Mr. President!
When you cry, you normally produce tears from both eyes. I’m sorry but I think the cold in the air and perhaps the wind captured his left eye. Just my observation.
You’re kidding, right? Did you see the speech. Honestly, this sound like the stuff you hear over at redstate.
Yes, I did see the speech, every moment on my 54 inch television screen, high definition. Sorry, it was just my observation and didn’t mean to upset you.
I don’t know what redstate is. Never heard of it before.
It was the death of his grandma the day before that caused him to cry like that.
what blackwaterdog is saying is that it’s the sort of things conservatives say.
You watched a different speech to the one I was watching – not at all a good observation – I would venture to say a very false observation
Not true Joy. This has happened to me several times before when I cry.
Ok, I Understand, I guess the reason I felt this in viewing his speech is because I have sensitive eyes to the wind and the sun, I normally leak tears from the outer side of my eyes under weather condition. And when I cry they come from my tear ducts, inner eye.
That makes sense. The evening before I defended by case, I started to feel sad, even though I was telling mysel it would be okay if I didn’t pass my committee. Then I realized there was something wet on one of my cheeks ant the more I wiped it away, the more it came. A lone tear streaming down my face. Then I stopped trying to get rid of them and burst into actual tears. I’m glad I had my breakdown because the next day I passed! ;)
You needed to see his face, and how he had to gather himself up to utter the “thank you” statement. This tear had nothing to do with the cold – it was pure emotion.
Theo, I was never doubting his emotion, I was emotional myself by his shear emotion.
People are extra-sensitive tonight. I take you at your word. :)
Yes, people are sensitive. I do understand that. I understand that people wanted to see him cry.
I don’t think it’s that people wanted to “see him cry”. It’s that there is a lot of emotion associated with the last campaign event for someone who is such a dedicated public servant. He gave up a lucrative career in order to serve the people, and this was his very last campaign – ever. It was emotional. And to see him acknowledging this – and to see him emotional about it – was touching. You may want to step away from this topic at this point.
Agree, and am totally stepping away…My arms are up in the air backing away.
And yes, the most touching speech ever by PBO.
Go gettim’ tomorrow and congrats to all of you for all of your hard work.
Thanks Joy – a victory tomorrow will be a victory for all of us – around the world! :)
I agree theo67, it was pure emotion, because if it was the cold/wind, his eye/eyes would have continued to run the entire speech…he eas able to collect himself so that he could continue with his speech.
His grandmother (toots) had passed away the day before that.
She had already cast an absentee early vote for him but never got to see him officially win it.
I think that might have had something to do with the actual tears he had that day.
He actually mentioned her in that speech
We are so blessed to have a man who cares so much. I love you, Mr President, so much. I love both Barack and Michelle more than I ever thought it possible to love someone I have never met. Seeing him so emotional makes me want to crawl through the screen and hug him, thank him and tell him how loved he is the world over.
God bless you, President Barack Obama.
Tonight was such a special occasion and I am so thrilled and grateful for the opportunity to witness it, albeit from a distance. Thank you Chips and the TOD family for making this blog so inclusive to include the rest of the world.
What an awesome group of POB supporters you are to hang out with. You all have been so inspirational and a true example of loyalty and comraderie. Thank you for having PBO’s back on this phenomenal journey for him and his family. He has already won tomorrow because of your unwavering support. May God bless and prosper him, his family, his presidency and the USA.
I will join you tomorrow evening for the grand celebration. Until then, please get some rest.
you are welcome Prayer warrior
It's just as well there's an enthusiasm gap – how else would Madison have squeezed in extra people? #Obama2012 http://t.co/DeRJ6iX7— The Obama Diary (@TheObamaDiary) November 06, 2012
UNREAL! What is the white building in the background?
Beautiful building, thanks very.
Gotta get up early tomorrow ( hubby is a poll judge…check in time 6:00am). I love each and every one of you for all your hard work for our President! Thank you! And Chips, I especially thank you so very much for this haven. It literally saved my sanity! Now let’s get out and take this baby home tomorrow! I fully expect to be partying this time tomorrow night! YES WE WILL!!!
What an emotional speech, I am so glad I got up for it even if I did use up a whole box of kleenex! I just LOVE PBO so much. Tomorrow (today here in the UK) I will be watching all day to see the greatest President ever be re elected.
Thank you chips for this wonderful site and for all you do for PBO, thank you to everyone who is helping to get PBO re elected.
What a night, day month, year, 4 years, etc. I am so emotional I wonder if I will be able to sleep tonight or tomorrow night. I work as a judge tomorrow afternoon. Love all of you here. This place is like nothing that has ever been before or will be again. It will all be different but the celebration we will be doing for the next 4 years will be amazing. But this last campaign has been nerve racking and so special. Thank you Chips and BWD. We love you all!!!!!
Thank you for all the inspiration. I am still drying my eyes from that last speech. Don’t know if I will be able to sleep tonight, want to be up before dawn to help people get to the polls and then stay on line, because I am down here in Miami where people have been waiting many hours to vote. Thank you again, let’s do this!
amazing rally! and thank you for this site.. it is so inspiring and brings hope to all of us! here’s to 4 more years!! OBAMA 2012! LETS GO! #GOTTAVOTE!
Decent AP write-up re. tonight in Des Moines
.@BarackObama Needs "One Term More!": youtu.be/0WHw32bv9BQ #4MoreYears .@Obama2012 #FORWARD— Dudette (@Dudette9t9) November 06, 2012
So… How many are expecting one side to get a 500+ electoral vote total, tomorrow? (Without tipping your hand on you support, or how passionately, of course.)
I checked out the Verizon Arena in Manchester where Romney held his last event. Seating capacity is around 10.000, depending on the event–half the crowd in Iowa.
I also want to thank you Chips for the links to the rallys. I was able to catch some of the First Ladies introduction speech for her husband. I did see it on MSNBC. Will be voting tomorrow with my neighbor who also supports the President. Will glued to the tv watching the returns.
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