An emotional President Barack Obama concluded his final campaign in Iowa on Monday, tearing up as he reiterated his re-election plea and his promise to bring the American people a better and brighter future.
After two days of nearly round-the-clock travel to the battleground states of Ohio, Florida, Colorado, New Hampshire and Wisconsin, Obama ended his tour in Des Moines with a speech that was reminiscent of his 2008 campaign.
“I’ve come back to Iowa one more time to ask for your vote. I came back to ask you to help us finish what we’ve started, because this is where our movement for change began,” he told a crowd of some 20,000 people.
Obama’s voice broke and he wiped away tears from his eyes as he reflected on those who had helped his campaign.
Unlike Republican rival Mitt Romney, who has stops planned in Pennsylvania and Ohio on Election Day, Obama is scheduled to spend all of Tuesday in his hometown of Chicago, making the rally the last of Obama’s 2012 re-election effort.
In 2008 Iowa propelled Obama to the Democratic presidential nomination when it backed him during its caucuses, the country’s first presidential nominating contest.
Obama beat then rival Hillary Clinton for their party’s nomination and went on to surpass Republican Senator John McCain for the bid for the White House.
The president then told the story of the woman who coined the chant “Fired up, ready to go,” a phrase that came to symbolize his 2008 campaign.
“That shows you what one voice can do. One voice can change a room. And if it can change a room, it can change a city. And if it can change a city, it can change a state. And if it can change a state, it can change a nation. And if it can change a nation, it can change the world,” he said, hoping that his inspirational oratory will convince the people of the swing state of Iowa to give him the push he needs to hold on to another four years in the White House.