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President Obama last night in Des Moines, Iowa, wrapping up the 2012 campaign with an emotional final speech in the state that propelled him to the presidency:

You might not have time to watch the whole thing or read the full transcript today, but at some point it's worth watching, not just for nostalgia's sake but because the president outlines his vision for his second term in much clearer terms than he is given credit for doing. Nothing he said is particularly new, but because this is his last speech before election night is over, it will serve as a good reference point as we start talking about his agenda for the next four years—assuming we win tonight, which we will, as long as every voter who supports President Obama takes the time to get out and vote. And if you're looking for your polling place or want to help someone else do the same, here's a quick guide to point you in the right direction.

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  •  It was very emotional for me, watching my (29+ / 0-)

    President's final campaign speech for himself.

    I do hope he can help future candidates in campaigns, as Clinton has helped him this time.

    "The opposite of war isn't peace, it's CREATION." _ Jonathan Larson, RENT

    by BeninSC on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 09:31:51 AM PST

  •  Fired up! Ready to go! (19+ / 0-)

    An emotional speech for both me and my president.

    Until the economy recovers, I'll settle for cheap laughs

    by Clyde the Cat on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 09:33:48 AM PST

  •  I was emotional as well. Tonight, He will win (18+ / 0-)


    "Rick Perry talks a lot and he's not very bright. And that's a combination I like in Republicans." --- James Carville

    by LaurenMonica on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 09:34:04 AM PST

  •  It was fantastic. Proud that Iowa still holds (13+ / 0-)

    a special place for him, Michelle, and their team.

  •  Second to last rally (11+ / 0-)

    There's the victory rally at McCormick place tonight...

    We get what we want - or what we fail to refuse. - Muhammad Yunus

    by nightsweat on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 09:34:34 AM PST

  •  glad the Victory rally's indoors (3+ / 0-)

    I was so worried about the security of Grant Park in 2008 despite some very smart counter-measure architecture

    Change is turning the page on a decade of war so we can do some nation-building here at home -- repairing our roads and our bridges, making our schools state of the art; putting our veterans back to work -- because nobody who fights for this country’s freedom should have to fight for a job, or a roof over their heads when they come home.  (Applause.)  That's what we're fighting for.  That's why we're not done.  (Applause.)  

    yksitoista ulotteinen presidentin shakki. / tappaa kaikki natsit "Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) 政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

    by annieli on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 09:38:39 AM PST

  •  when are early votes counted (3+ / 0-)
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    Good point on early votes--just another (likely dispositive) reason to ignore exit polls today.

    When are early votes counted?  I'm hoping they have already been counted, so the night might move a little faster.  Will they already be taken into account as soon as polls close, or are they counted with the rest of the ballots?

    A society grows great when elders plant trees in whose shade they know they will never sit. -Greek Proverb

    by dan s on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 09:38:44 AM PST

    •  When we voted yesterday in OK, the pollworker (1+ / 0-)
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      explained that early votes here would be tabulated first tonight. We had to fill out requests for in-person absentee ballots, but were given regular ballots that we filled out and fed into the machines ourselves as usual.

      A little blue dot in a vast sea of red.

      by deha on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 09:47:05 AM PST

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    •  early votes counted first (0+ / 0-)

      Answering my own question...just saw this in the NY Times

      "And if Mr. Obama appears to take a commanding lead right out of the gate, Republicans can take heart in the knowledge that the early vote — an expected Obama strength — is counted first, with the ballots from Election Day coming in later."

      A society grows great when elders plant trees in whose shade they know they will never sit. -Greek Proverb

      by dan s on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 09:52:11 AM PST

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  •  THANKS for posting this! (6+ / 0-)

    I missed it last night, and really want to watch it. Getting my act together right now to go out and vote, but will come back and watch later.

    Fired up & ready to go!

    Ho'oponopono. To make things right; restore harmony; heal.

    by earicicle on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 09:39:40 AM PST

  •  Last rally of his political career perhaps (7+ / 0-)

    But I'm sure he will be on the campaign trail for many years to come for future Democrats.

    Our 2016 nominee will have him and the Big Dog on the campaign trail for them. I can't think of two other people I'd rather have.

    "How come when it’s us, it’s an abortion, and when it’s a chicken, it’s an omelette?" - George Carlin

    by yg17 on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 09:40:37 AM PST

  •  It was an incredible speech (14+ / 0-)

    and an incredible moment. Watching his eyes fill with tears as he reminisced about this amazing journey he's been on was one of the most powerful moments of this campaign. It showed a man that is not just connected to the "politics" of this whole thing. He's connected to the people who have helped him, the plight of those he looks at every day, and those that their put their trust in him EVERY SINGLE DAY. You can't fake that emotional connection. It comes from a heart that truly cares.

    Bless and always.


    "I do not believe it to be a matter of is simply a matter of time" ~ Morpheus, Matrix Revolutions

    by angeleyes on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 09:40:40 AM PST

  •  Best speech I've ever seen him give.. (6+ / 0-)

    and yes.. I saw the DNC speech too.  He's real, he's humble, and he really does care about people - not about getting elected.

    Howard Dean will always be my president.

    by 4democracy on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 09:40:45 AM PST

  •  A very moving experience for me (4+ / 0-)
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    So many emotions, not the least being my fear that the anger and ignorance coming from the right may destroy any chance we have of preserving our nation. Too many lies and too many people willing to turn a blind eye.

    I am so proud of our president. He's gotten so much accomplished in the face of unprecedented obstruction. Yes, I have been disappointed in some of his (in)actions, but I trust him to do what he feels is best for America and look forward to what he can accomplish in his second term.

    A little blue dot in a vast sea of red.

    by deha on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 09:41:08 AM PST

  •  Wingnuts are saying that he was emotional (4+ / 0-)
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    Because he knows that he's done. I watched last night and didn't get that impression AT ALL

    Romney = Nixon without the sweating problem

    by YoungArizonaLiberal on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 09:43:21 AM PST

  •  My sister and I (8+ / 0-)

    have really bonded during this election. She lives in a swing state and I live in the red of red so I have been  living vicariously through her for weeks as she canvassed, attended Obama rallies(!), worked to GOTV. Every Saturday afternoon she was filled with positive energy after working on the campaign and today she is on campus getting students to the polls.  The past month has been incredibly emotional and it was topped off with some tears after watching President Obama's speech.
    Last nights final texts with my sister were
    "Fired up"
    "Ready to go"

    I'm pretty tired of being told what I care about.

    by hulibow on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 09:47:26 AM PST

  •  Our President...... (8+ / 0-) a man of integrity, commitment, and above all an unquestionable desire to propel our country in the right direction.  Even here in ruby red Utah, I am NEVER ashamed or embarrassed to stand up and proudly proclaim that I am a LIBERAL Democrat and I fully and wholeheartedly support Barack Obama and the direction he is taking our county.  Standing up for human and civil rights, equality for ALL, and the middle class are fundamental principals of being a Democrat.  Be proud of who we are, be proud of what we stand for..........and most of proud that OUR President will continue to lead our country for a second term.  Fired up, ready to go?!  Hell YES!

    If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention...

    by strohdecaire on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 09:49:35 AM PST

  •  I have been very teary-eyed..... (6+ / 0-)

    I openly wept last night as I watched this and cried a little leaving the polling place today. Can’t decide if it is JUST because of the importance/urgency of the election. It feels a little like the moment when I read the last page of the Harry Potter series (I’m a bit of a YA Lit specialist). I feel like I have been following this “heroic figure” since day 1…. and today is the beginning of the final chapter. What an honor it has been. All that is left to do is see Barry Potter defeat Volderomney and the world can sigh a giant sigh of relief.

    •  I feel the same way (5+ / 0-)

      I'm almost 70 and I've tried to analyze my feelings as I am very knotted up inside. For me, it is very much about the women's issues. I am appalled and very angry. It brings back all of those years I worked in the corporate world(ending as an svp) and was paid $.77 on the dollar.  Years of being pleasant, polite, patient---and many of the young women of the day just don't get it.

  •  Hope outlined a new 'New Deal' instead of the (1+ / 0-)
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    Hope outlined a new 'New Deal' instead of the austerity he has been signaling. Look forward

     to reading th  transcrpt .  Hope he gets rest soon!!!! What a life.

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    by divineorder on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 09:50:42 AM PST

  •  Love this! Thanks for posting. (2+ / 0-)
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    I couldn't get the speech last night, and am very glad to be watching it before the returns come in.

    We are going to have a great victory celebration tonight!

    There are many adoptable cats and dogs being rescued around the country. You can save a life by adopting one.

    by 4Freedom on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 09:54:58 AM PST

  •  Watching it now; thank you! (0+ / 0-)

    Love one another

    by davehouck on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 09:55:03 AM PST

  •  Let the Grand Bargaining begin! (1+ / 0-)
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    Progressive Candidate Obama (now - Nov 6, 2012)
    Bipartisan Obama returns (Nov 7, 2012)

    by The Dead Man on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 09:56:44 AM PST

  •  I was there (10+ / 0-)

    and somehow managed a front row seat. There were genuine tears on his face, and it was very moving. All of the longtime campaign folks were there--the Davids, Reggie, Valerie, etc. and all clearly moved. It was more of a sentimental speech--sounded less overtly political. No direct mention of mitt at all.

    I've been to every des Moines rally save one since 2007, and finally managed to get a hug and handshake. I told him I'd been door knocking on his behalf since 2007, and gave me a hug and thank you. I also told him to get some sleep, and he said that wasn't likely.

    Getting up very early to poll watch was tolerable after hugs from the president--and one from the first lady. What a night. Will definitely be watching the video.

  •  We get emotional when he's like that. (0+ / 0-)

    Republicans go buy more guns.

  •  A lot has happened (4+ / 0-)
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    in this past 4 years.  They were the fastest 4 years in my life.  The friend I went to my first Obama rally with passed away last year.  Another friend who wasn't really for Obama from the beginning stopped speaking with me because I supported him.  These were the most difficult years for any president to have to cope with let alone a president who had a congress actively working against everything he was trying to accomplish.  

  •  Fired Up - and - Ready to Go (2+ / 0-)
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    What a treat. Reminded me of the SC speech a few nights before the 08 election just after Toot passed. Barack is a man of such integrity and operates from a place of such emotional coherence it inspires me every time I get to hear it.

    Sometimes I feel lucky just to be alive and experiencing it. This is rare greatness!

    Drug wars are stupid

    by Danny Boy on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 11:06:05 AM PST

    •  I was (1+ / 0-)
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      emotional from the moment that Bruce came on stage last nite. Glad that C-Span showed the whole rally.

      Bruce is such a progressive warrior.
      Michelle was wonderful as usual. Really savored every moment of this rally,knowing it was the last.

      Barack Obama is truly one of the greatest campaigner in US history. He capped it off strongly last nite.

      •  Truly one of the best communicators ever (1+ / 0-)
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        It's hard to pick my favorite, they are all good for different reasons.

        - Iowa victory speech
        - New Hampshire concession speech
        - South Carolina victory speech
        - Teddy Kennedy endorsement speech
        - Philadelphia Race speech
        - Denver Nominating Convention speech
        - North Carolina speech close of 2008 campaign
        - Inaugural Address
        - Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech
        - Address to Parliament at Westminster Abby
        - Healthcare Q&A Session with republican congressional caucus
        - White House Press Dinner 2011
        - We Got Bin Laden announcement
        - Iowa close of 2012 campaign speech

        Drug wars are stupid

        by Danny Boy on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 01:04:12 PM PST

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        •  2004 Convention keynote (0+ / 0-)

          Noticed this during the 2008 race when I said to myself, "Who is this guy?" Hadn't caught it originally during 2004. That is when I first thought, this is an interesting idea; our first non white guy Pres., smart enough to get everyone's attention. And willing to carry that first burden, what a rough but rewarding road it has been these last few years.

          How can we top this great person? Hispanic female? Jewish too?  Forward my friends, ever forward.

          There is no they, We will sink or swim together.... We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness

          by GDbot on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 03:33:43 PM PST

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  •  Thanks for posting the video (0+ / 0-)


  •  Fired up!!! (1+ / 0-)
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    And ready to go!!!

  •  the man's voice is getting horse (1+ / 0-)
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    from speaking so much, so passionately, for so long. it's tough sometimes anymore to picture any malleability at all in the voting blocs, but if there's any to give (at least among who are still listening, or trying to listen for the first time), obama surely has won that much. his sincerity maxes out the scale of nearly every candidate since at least the 60s... for that matter, maybe of all the american presidents, save lincoln, jefferson... you know, "the classics".

    he's worked so goddamned hard, yet those fucking repubs in the way in congress...


    hey, assholes! you want "too big to fail?" try the ENERGY problem... try the east coast right now, without gas or electricity still. oops, but federalizing energy would be taking it out of private companies' "personhood-like" hands? really, when people's lives depend upon it?

    ROMNEY ISN'T GOING TO DISAPPEAR TOMORROW. THE KOCH BROS AND OTHER MAD MILLION/BILLIONAIRES AREN'T GOING ANYWHERE. BP, EXXON, AND SHELL AREN'T GOING OUT OF BUSINESS. (not with the FUCKING TAX BREAKS WE GIVE THEM!) they are still going to be here, trying to sell out the American Dream, move it overseas, TO OTHER COUNTRIES' BANKS (where i wonder what their loan/return rates are like? so what's it like taking advantage of other country's savings rates for business/etc? whatever you can "launder" thru it, right?). their illegal money stashes will still continue to shirk their tax-burdon to other's shoulders, lower down the income scale upon the lower/middle class). (and IF any of this is NOT ILLEGAL, WHY NOT????????)

    we must MAKE them move. see if some other despotic third-world country wants them... and if they can't find any country that would allow them to do business from there (without paying their own exorbitant local taxes)...

    maybe they can take up the Drug Lording industry. that's a sector that needs some cleaning up.


    00:00 - springsteen introduces the first lady. very cool (both of them). (i think all of america cherishes all three First Ladies, all they have done to inspire and educate others.)

    10:00 - President Obama begins speech.

    14:00 - there should be another "HOPE" style poster, this time captioned "THE UNITER". this also begins his portion for "my successes (in spite of effing congress)", next minute. and the fight for change goes on... for everyone to play by the same rules.

    17:30 - real change. across the board, across many sectors of life.

    18:45 - "real change, we fought for it. sometimes it's been hard. sometime's it's been... frustrating." pin could drop in the stadium at this point. it's like the minister putting his finger on the point of a person's mortality via a sermon; silences the whole congregation. there are curses within our democratic process; we must know them; pinpoint them, then eliminate them.

    20:00 or so - real american change, reconstruction and job-building. veterans need support and jobs. any family who has a relative in service, should listen to this portion.

    21:00 - "the rich to return to tax rates when bill clinton was in office" - JUST FIFTEEN YEARS AGO - i wish he/other dems could spell out JUST HOW SHORT A TIME AGO it was before so much changed, thanks to cheney and jr. 01-09. now that was some REAL CHANGE, buddy... but no one/media ever spelled it out as such at the time. frustrating that "change" now has to mean "restoring order to, and regaining control of our country!"

    23:30 - "i'll work with anybody with any party to move this country forward... if you wanna break the gridlock in congress..." - HELL YEAH!

    30:00-38:00 - greenwood/greenville sc story. that's a great punchline to it all, paraphrasing: "mr. president, i don't have time to get the band back together with you just for a show; i gotta GOTV in NC!"

    39:20 - finishes speech; remainder of vid shows how peeved off (heh) the majority of the crowd must be not to be able to get up to the front in time to be able to shake hands with the man and lady.

    p.s. it -is- funny how effectively romney/ryan practically "shut up" once the debate cycle started running, save for the debates themselves. they definitely were both issued orders. this isn't something they could have realized, or carry on by themselves. SOMEBODY ELSE TOLD THEM TO SHUT THE FUCK UP; goddamn near everything that comes out of your mouths is a mistake. JUST SHUT THE FUCK UP; NO ONE WILL HAVE ANYTHING TO REPORT, and the lazies/indies will have nothing to go on other than the debates, if they even bother to pay attention to any of them.


    by theChild on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 03:14:26 PM PST

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