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Morning, guys.

WOMAN: Good morning.
Good morning.

I'll go directly to you by the 7th.


And then we are out of there.

Uh, what have they called so far?


MAN: (ON TV) Right now,
we have a major projection,

a major projection to make
in the state of Maryland.

Congressman Ben Cardin, the
Democrat, we project will be elected

the next United States senator
from the state of Maryland,

succeeding Paul Sarbanes...

No, that's good.
Did you call them all?

No, I'm going to make calls now.

Do they have a count
on the House seats yet?

WOMAN: Not many.
They haven't called many of them.

That's the only one
that's a pick-up.

Though, Yarmuth in Louisville
is up with, uh... (CHUCKLES)

That's what I'm talking about.
..96% in.

But they haven't called it yet.

My goal is every candidate
I campaigned for, I want to win.

Every single one.

Hey, congratulations, Madam Speaker!


Well, listen, we're...
we're so proud of you.

You're making history,

and let's figure out how
I can be helpful going forward.

Alright. Bye-bye.

WOMAN: We keep asking you,
"Are you ready to run?"

Are you ready to serve as president?

You know, the, uh... I haven't
had time to catch my breath.

This, I think,
will be the first week

where I haven't taken off my shoes
at the airport security terminal.

So, I'm going to step back,
take a look at what's going on,

and, you know,
really do some soul-searching

in terms of how I can be
most useful to the country.

I haven't had time to do that yet.

At this point, with 84.5 in.

Whew! You don't get
a lot tighter than that.


I love elections.

(CHUCKLES) It's so much fun.

It's even more fun
when you're not on the ballot.


MAN: My name is Ronnie,
calling from the Barack Obama
campaign here in Des Moines,

and just wanted to try
to get acquainted

with people in the community.

I'm going to be working in that area
through the caucuses in January.

Oh, you do a caucus?
Well, that's great.

Have you decided
who you'll be supporting?

Not yet? Well, you're right,
it is awfully early.

Well, Alvin, is there any particular
issue that you care about?

Something that stands out
in your mind?

RONNIE: Just...basically
trying to get out there,
meeting with activists,

let them know that we're here
and we like to talk to them.

You know, people want to see him,

but don't necessarily know
a lot about him.

He is the biggest and best tool
we have

in terms of drawing people in
to get interested.

I think that's half the battle.

How are you?
What's going on, brother?

Having fun? (LAUGHS)

Been a couple of crazy days, huh?
I like this.

You like it? Good.
Yeah, I do.

Linda, I can't wait for...
to see you on the 30th,

and let's...let's just
stay in touch.

Stay hi to...say hi
to your husband and son for me.

Alright. Bye-bye.

I may want to...

Sorry, after this next, uh...
these next two calls,

are we going
straight to the farm thing?

MAN: Yes.
OK. I...

We're gonna do the remaining
press calls in the car.

I just want a second
to change out of...

This is not...the best outfit for...
Yes, sir.

I hear you.
..rural America.

We've got overalls.
I'm not gonna wear overalls...

And a horse.

Is...that going to be a problem?

A horse, I wouldn't mind, actually.
That sounds kind of cool.

So I just want to check in

and find out, you know, what
we need to do to earn your support,

'cause I think, once I get you,
that puts us over the top.

Then I've got Iowa at that point. know, I...I...
I understand completely.

But, you know, the one thing
I will say is

..we want to make sure that
anybody who is supporting us,

that, you know, this is all part
of a single team.

I'm fascinated by Obama.

Here's a man who's been in town,
Washington, for two years?

As near as I can tell,
hasn't done a thing.

Apparently, there's
no performance criteria

in the process of selecting
somebody to be president.

Nobody asks the question,
"What has he in fact ever done?"

WOMAN: What do you think
of Barack Obama?

I think he's a cool guy. I don't
know much about him, to be honest.

I have no clue who that is.
You don't?

I have no clue who that is.

Wait. Is he African American?

OK. It'd be really cool if he
was our next president, then.

(CHANTS) # I got a 'O'
You got a 'bama'

# O! O!
CROWD: # Bama! Bama!

# I got a 'O'
You got a 'bama'

# O! O!
# Bama! Bama!

# I got a 'O'
You got a 'bama'

# O! O!
# Bama! Bama!

# O! O!
# Bama! Bama! #

I haven't done this...since, um...
I campaigned for Bobby Kennedy

back in the mid-'60s, '68.

And there just hasn't been anybody
that's been exciting enough.

Barack Obama all the way!

# I-O-W-A
Barack Obama all the way!

# I-O-W-A
Barack Obama all the way! #

WOMAN: Do you think this country
is ready to elect the first
African American president?

No. No.
MAN: Sure.

Not even Colin Powell?
He would get elected.

That's a different story. He's
smart enough to know not to run.

WOMAN: Right now, I have to say
that I'm looking at Edwards.

I would like to see Richardson.

WOMAN: I don't like
any of the candidates.

I don't think any of them
are the right people.

I think Hillary's
been around too long.

She doesn't stand
for anything anymore.

Obama's wonderful, but he's just
a little too young and untried.

Of course, after Bush, anybody can
be president. I can be president.

You know, it's for good reason.

If you think about it, the odds
of me standing here are very slim.

I wasn't born into money,
I wasn't born into fame.

I didn't have a famous
family member. I...

You know, my father left
when I was two years old.

I was raised by a single mom
and by my grandparents.

And so they...they gave me love

and they gave me an education

and they gave me hope.

MAN: I met Barack Obama in 1992.

He was an extraordinary guy.

He was thoughtful, he was funny,
and he was obviously well motivated.

In 2002, I heard

that he was considering a race
in 2004 for the Senate,

and I felt like

if you could elect Barack Obama
to the United States Senate

that you would be doing something

that you could be proud of
for the rest of your life.

She was the manager
for my first campaign.

Yes, I was.

Carol Holliwell,
from the west side of Chicago.

Right on. (LAUGHS)

If it wasn't for her,
I'd be nowhere.

Thank you. (LAUGHS)

Over the course of time,

and particularly in the spring
of 2006, leading into the summer,

everywhere he went,
he was drawing huge crowds.

And at each event, people would
say, "You really ought to think
about running for president."

Barack was asked this live question,

"Why WOULD you want to run for
president of the United States?"

and he said,
"I have a strong feeling

"about what it would mean to a lot
of young kids around this country

"the moment I raised my hand
and swore that oath,

"because all of a sudden,
anything would be possible."

I appreciate you taking the time to

You want to shake his hand?
Yeah, I know, but, you know...

My daught... How old are you? Nine?

Yeah. My daughter's nine.

She explained to me,
"Dad, no, kids don't shake hands."

They just say, "Hey."

I think I'm going to win again.
That's my prediction.

Well, you just see about that.
Alright, Sasha.


(SCREAMS) Sasha!

You just ruined everything!
Ah! Are you serious?

That was a perfect game.


Oh. Would you get that?
I'll get it.

If it's Cathy, tell her
she can stay as long as she wants.


Hi, Daddy.

Oh - it's Daddy.

I'm fine.

But, Daddy, I had to eat
a lot of chocolate today.




I love you.


Hi, Daddy.

Gotcha. Yes, I went to gym.

Uh, I played with poi balls.

Poi balls.

You want to talk to Momma?

OK. Mommy?

Alright. I play.
Malia, play. You play.



I had, you know, a lot of practical
questions that I needed answers to

before I could say definitively

that this is something
thatIcould handle.

..which I was telling Lizzie about.

Oh, yeah, that IS funny,
how they do the...

MICHELLE: How was this
going to work?

What would be the schedule? How
often would Barack be on the road?

What would be expected of me
as a campaigner and spokesperson?

Now I'm REALLY not tired.
I got a little ice-cream boost.

You want to hold on to this?

Can I have a lick?
You can. Yes. Just a second.

Malia? Can I have a lick?

Malia, can I have a lick?

And how would we structure our time

to ensure that our girls would not
be pulled out of their lives?

How much would it cost us,
as a family?

How were we financially going to
handle me reducing my hours at work

to be able to participate?

What would the campaign do,
if anything, about security?

We obviously got all those questions
answered to my satisfaction,

and as a result,
we are now running for president.


WOMAN: What are you going to be
when you grow up?

Uh...I, uh...

I want to be an actress.

How do you feel about your dad
running for president?

What's it been like?

It's HOT!

Hi. How are you?

This is actually taped for the 6:00.
It's taped?

It was supposed to be live.

And then our sat truck went down.
No problem.

WOMAN: How'd this event go?

It was great.

Except for the seven trains that
went by and the bug that he ate.

Other than that... (LAUGHS)

I'll never forget the first time
I met Barack.

I was...we were in this office
and we were working on the weekends,

and he walks in.

I sort of pop up
and I, like, shake his hand.

He was great.

I mean, I didn't spend a lot of time
with him until it got to the Senate.

I always sort of felt like
there wasn't a day

where I didn't feel like he was
uniquely qualified to do anything.

You know, be a senator, be a CEO,
lead the country.

And that's what's so impressive
about the guy.

MAN: Senator, you're gonna take
a little staff picture here.

OK. Hey, guys.
Hey. How are you?

This is my Polk County staff?
Yeah, some of them.

Good-looking bunch.


Are any of these people over 30?

(LAUGHS) Nope.

MAN: You're a part of something
really historic today,

and we've got...10,000, 15,000
people around the country

right now, as we speak,

knocking doors and attending
events and spreading the
message about the campaign.

What this really speaks to
is the kind of grassroots enthusiasm

that Barack Obama's candidacy
is inspiring all across the country.

He's a community organiser at heart.

So, door-to-door canvassing,
phone calls,

real contact with voters -

even in a presidential campaign,
his firm belief

is that to both succeed electorally

and transform the country
and make the changes we need to,

we need to build
a grassroots movement for change.

WOMAN: Where are you going to walk?
Just here in Illinois.

Can we come follow you?

Uh...well, I've got to wait
for my son to wake up.

So, this is kind of our own...
freelance canvass.

Barack is walking
in about 20 minutes.

Thanks for coming out.

Hey, everybody!

I just wanted to say
thank you so much for...

You know, this isn't a bad day
to be outside.

I just want to let you know I want
to shake hands with everybody.

Hi. Welcome to Iowa.
Hey, Kim. Good to see you.

AXELROD: Running for president
is like being an astronaut.

You can go in the simulator
all you want,

but until you're orbiting in space,

you don't really know
what it's going to be like.

Well, I've been...shaking hands
for three straight hours.



You guys are killing me.

I'm physically spent!

I don't know how
I'm gonna ever give a speech!

It's like I've been through
a wrestling match.

MAN: Yes, sir?

Y'all are killing me, man!
(LAUGHS) What's the matter?

I've been shaking hands
three hours straight!

MAN: We're early, though.
We're early... (LAUGHS)

We're early, though.

You've got a lot more hands
to shake in this state.

How are you again?
Good to see you.

OK. So, I want to emphasise that.

I'm going to talk about CAFE, I'm
going to talk about cap-and-trade,

low-carbon standard...
equivalent of removing...

Now, you know, there
was a statistic. I don't
know if you still have it.

You're making the fuel less harmful,

and then you're also
making the cars use less fuel,

and in combination,
then it ends up being real powerful.

WOMAN: (ON P.A.) We came here
to begin to engage

in this most important process.

The whole country is watching us.

We came here to listen.

This man came here to talk to you.
He came here to listen to you.

This is our place. This is his time.
This is Senator Barack Obama!


Is that me?

AXELROD: And there really
isn't any corollary

for what he's gone through,

because almost every candidate
for president, save a very few,

start off in semi-obscurity
and then work their way up.

I always say, you know,

most of them get to try their stuff
out in New Haven and Topeka

before they get to Broadway.

We opened up right on Broadway,
critics in the front row.

And that's an awful lot of pressure.

The reality is Obama is not
going to be the nominee,

for the simple fact that
he's never run a competitive
race outside Illinois.

That is not going to happen.

He can't win the election.
WOMAN: Why not?

I don't think that...
America's ready for it yet.

Just...because of his...race.

And his views.

Well, people are saying,
like, they're viewing him
kind of as like a terrorist.

They associate him with the
terrorists and stuff, so it's, uh...

I think he'll have
a tough time winning

just because of that whole...
association by race.

I find it kind of interesting.

Everybody keeps asking me,

"Do you think that Obama got a leg
up because he's African American?"

My question is, does Clinton have
a leg up because she's a woman?

I'm actually going to wear a button
for Hillary this time.

And my husband won't commit himself,
but if he doesn't vote for her...

We've been married for 41 years.

If he doesn't vote for her,
we're through.

We've got to put up a fight
against Hillary.

Uh...we've had about 20 years
of the Bushes and Hillarys.

We want a fresh start, fresh face -
that's Barack Obama.

Is Hillary Clinton pulling away
for the Democratic nomination?

A new 'USA Today'/Gallup poll gives
her a double-digit lead right now

over Barack Obama.

Is she the inevitable nominee?

Has Hillary Clinton got this locked?

WOMAN: Good job, Hillary. Good job!


Right. You know, if you can't stand
the heat, get out of the kitchen.



(LAUGHS) Yeah!

WOMAN: Finally! Alright, you get to
pick out any prize you like.

You want an update?
I'm trying to get him on TV.

On the local NBC affiliate,
live at 6:00.

But I have no clue
where we're going to be,

where we are now,
how long it'll take us to get there.

We're literally on our way out.

Hey. I'm Tommy.
Oh, hey, Tommy.

Tommy Vietor? Scott Helman
from the 'Boston Globe'.

(LAUGHS) Hey, man!
How are you?

I've been reading you forever. I've
been swearing about Boston support.

Way to stick it to us
on that crap lobbying story.

Yeah, I knew you wouldn't like that.
That's such bullshit.

When are we going to move past
the 'gotcha' story?

That was totally not bullshit.
Here's the reason it's bullshit...


Sir, we did two. Is that OK?

WOMAN: Oh, look at that!

Which one is it?
You did it, I think.

Yeah, you got it.
Thank you.

Oh, I got it! Hey, thank you!
Will you sign her thing?

Will you sign her...? Wait.

I got a picture of you and Hillary.

Yesterday was Dave's birthday.
Yeah, you told me.

OK. Just wanted to make sure.

Dave. We're here.

MAN: Alright,
we're with Senator Barack Obama

outside our cast-your-kernel
poll here.

Senator, if you would like
the honour here of actually voting.

There's your corn kernel.


Now, as you may see here, sir,
you're getting outjarred...

Excuse me, everybody.

I need everybody to get a corn
kernel and start filling up a jar.

You don't want me to be behind.
It's heartbreaking.

So, we need to catch up by Sunday.

We're going to have overtaken
all the other candidates

when it comes to their
corn kernels, alright?

MAN: Yeah.
Do I have a commitment?

Thank you, guys.

Hello. Is this Barbara?

My name's Lorenzo,
and I'm nine years old.

I'm a volunteer with
the Obama campaign. How are you?

"Who's Diana?"

"Who's Diana?"

Obama is a candidate
running for president.

No, not...not Diana - Obama.

Well, he is a candidate
running for president.

(EMPHATICALLY) He's a candidate
running for president.

Of the United States of America.

No. Hillary is RUNNING for
president. Obam...

Hope you have a wonderful day.

How are you, sir?
MAN: Just fine.

What's your name?

Good to see you, John. How have
you been? Is this your shop?


Hi. Barack. What's your name?

Nice to meet you, John.

Hey, Sarah. Good to see you.

Hey, Kay.

Nice to meet you.

Well, thank you very much
for, uh...saying hello.

This is...this is as nice a downtown
as I've seen.

Obama has raised more money...

..a little bit more money
than Hillary,


..if you look at the national polls,

his momentum just stalled
at a certain point this summer.

People are starting to question

whether he has what it takes
to take down Hillary.

Thank you.

So the question
everyone has been waiting

to have answered in this campaign

is, when is Obama going to start
moving in these national polls?

Senator, Hillary Clinton's widening
her lead with a 30-point lead.

I had to ask. I have to ask!

Come on!
Does it concern you at all?

I mean... (LAUGHS)

We're having a good time in Iowa.
You know?

The national poll story will run...

..sooner or later,
it has to run itself out.

Alright? At some point,
there'll be the first actual vote.

WOMAN: I think
these polls can change.

I think he's not
in the best position to win,

but he' no means is he not
in a position to win.

The strength of...

Obama's calling card
is he's a community organiser

and this campaign is his laboratory
for organising.



Hey, babe, we gotta go over that
bush fire survival plan today. Um, I'm kind of busy. Uh, why don't we just
do it tomorrow some time? Yeah, alright, I'll pencil it in. Thank you, sweetheart.
(GLASS SMASHES) Do you want a cup of tea?

# You'd better think

# Think about what
you're trying to do to me

# Think
# Think, think

# Let your mind go
and let yourself be free

# Let's go back, let's go back

# Let's go way on to way back when

# I didn't even know you

# You couldn't have been
too much more than 10

# I ain't no psychiatrist
I ain't no doctor with degrees

# But it don't take too much IQ
to see what you're doing to me

# You'd better think
# Think

# Think about what
you're trying to do to me, yeah

# Think
# Think, think

# Let your mind go
and let yourself be free

# Because freedom
# Freedom

# Freedom
# Freedom

# Oh, freedom

# Yeah, freedom

# Right now, freedom
Oh, freedom... #

He's got my vote. He's on time.

He showed up on time.
He's got my vote.


WOMAN: You guys getting excited
for the big dinner?

I am.

You are? Is the speech all ready?

Haven't written anything.

Oh, yeah.

Jon is, in my view,
a brilliant young guy.

Is he a hero of yours?
Yeah, he's one of them. For sure.

I mean, you know, cliche,

but as a speechwriter, you always
look to some Kennedy, for sure.

I think for speeches,
even Bobby Kennedy's speeches

are probably even more inspirational
in some senses.

He's a little more like Barack,
I think.

AXELROD: I think he has a good ear
for Barack's voice.

It's a very tough thing to be
a speechwriter for Barack,

because Barack is
the best speechwriter in our group.

Uh, you guys may argue
with me on this,

but, again, I'm just trying to give
a little bit of a...

I want this to be populist,

but I want a little bit of
a flavour of forward-looking.

So, one place we could put it -
"I will eliminate capital gains tax

"for small businesses and start-ups
that are the engine of growth..."

FAVREAU: He always wrote most
of his speeches himself before this.

He's had to get used to having,
um...writers around

just because of the nature
of a presidential campaign.

But he doesn't give up, you know.

He's still the chief
speechwriter, always.

"..high-tech jobs of tomorrow."

We are...77, 78, something like
that, days out from the Iowa caucus.

I am working on
the speech he'll give

at the Jefferson Jackson
dinner in Iowa,

which is a pretty big deal,

where all the candidates are going
to appear at the same time.

It's a big, like, organisational
test of each campaign

to see who can turn out the most
people, the most raucous crowd,

give a great speech.


We think, of the 9,000 people
going to JJ tonight,

3,000 - we know 3,000 are our folks.

3,000 or more.

As you can see.



MAN: (CHANTS) # Obama!
PEOPLE: # Obama!

# Let's go!
# Let's go!

# Obama!
# Obama!

# Let's go!
# Let's go! #



People ask me,
"Why do you think you can win Iowa?"

And I think that
if we're in a close race,

these kids, they're going to
win it for us.

Thank you, guys!

They think
they're changing the world

and that that's the best thing
that they could do,

and God bless 'em, that's...
we need more of that.

The good news is I think they are.


I am running in this race

because of what Dr King called
"the fierce urgency of now".

I believe the American people
are tired of fear.

And tired of distractions.

And tired of diversions.

We can make this election not about
fear, but about the future,

and that won't just be
a Democratic victory -

that will be an American victory!


That's why I'm running, Democrats!

Thank you very much, everybody.
Thank you.



Thank you.

AXELROD: The JJ was a big test.

9,000 people and the whole
political world focused on you.

Your opponents sitting
in front of you.

No teleprompter, no notes.
Just you and this crowd.

And he just knocked it
out of the park.

And I think the campaign
changed dramatically that day.

Gee, you're so real!
I'm gonna tell you!

Your son's a great guy.

I just want to say to the parents,
thank you for doing a great job.

I want to say to the organisers,
don't believe everything
I'm saying right now,

because I'm talking to your parents.

You'd better be working hard
over these last two months.

We've got a lot of work to do!

We've got to go get
some caucus noise.


We've got to knock on doors.
We've got to make phone calls.

We've got to get
everybody in Iowa fired up.

I'm ready to go!

I'm finding supporters
out of the woodworks.

My neighbours down the street I had
no idea about are supporting Obama.

You can tell that, you know,
the momentum has definitely shifted.

I remember there were times
when people couldn't even
pronounce 'Barack Obama',

much less end up caucusing for him,

so we've come a long way.

Before we get started here,
this is Stephanie.

How are you? What happened?

I had to pick up
the senator from...

Oh, that's so nice of you.
I appreciate it. Thank you.

Was he nice?
Yeah, he was.

Alright. You ready?

OBAMA: You know, I think

that we are at this moment
that doesn't come around that often,

where we've got a chance
to make big change.

After seven years
of disastrous foreign policy

and a country that is
more divided and less competitive

than it was before,

I think not only Democrats
but Republicans and independents

are looking for something new.

WOMAN: Anything keeping you up
at night at this point?

Uh...nothing keeps me up at night.

It must be exhausting.
I mean, just gruelling.

Yeah. It's tiring.

Now, actually, one thing
that keeps me up at night

is the prospect of, uh...

..dealing with all the problems
that we've got right now.

So when I...when I fret,
it's not about the campaign,

it's about governing

and figuring out how
can we lead this country
into a better direction.

Do you have time
to reflect on what... know, what's happening to you?


At some point, I will.


WOMAN: He seems different now.

I sensed before that this
civil rights professor walked in

and gave very deliberative answers.

All of which is laudable -
you know, he thinks things through -

but in sound bite world,
he was terrible.

Well, now that Barack Obama,
that flash onto the national scene,

is showing up in one look.

His trajectory is good
at this point.

Now, can he bring it home? That's
the beauty of Iowa - nobody knows.

Alright, everybody,
thanks for getting on the phone.

12 months ago today,
Barack was in Hawaii,

wrestling whether to run,
on Christmas Eve.

We had no infrastructure.

If ever there was
a David-versus-Goliath situation,

if Barack were to run, this was it.

Barack came back from Hawaii

and told us he was going to run
for the presidency,

and this improbable journey began.

We were facing the most dominant
national frontrunner

our party has seen in a generation,
if not more.

I talked to Barack when he landed

after having been out in Iowa
with you guys on that bus tour,

and he said, "You know,
I really want to win this."

I said, "Yeah, no shit, Sherlock.


Uh...and he said,
"No. I really want to win Iowa."

I said, "Yeah, you know, if we win
Iowa, I think we're up to the race."

He says, "No, no.
It's not about anything like that."

He says, "I want to win
for those kids."


Yeah, and...

..he believes so strongly
in what you guys are doing.

In eight days, we're going to win
the Iowa caucus.

In 13 days, we're going to win
the New Hampshire primary.

In 24 days, the Nevada caucus.

31 days, the South Carolina primary.

In 39 days, on February 5, we're
going to clinch this nomination.

Then we'll have to deal with
Mitt or Rudy or Huckabee

or whatever asshole they nominate,

and November 4, you all in this room
are going to be responsible

for electing Barack Obama the 44th
president of the United States.

MICHELLE: How's it going?
WOMAN: Very strong.

Alright. Well, we need
your support too.

Yeah. (LAUGHS)
Are you both undecided?

We're undecided.
Oh, goodness.

But all of our family's for Barack.

We need your support.
We... Have you got that...

I haven't decided yet, but...
You haven't decided?

I haven't decided yet.

Were you listening to me?

I'm a Republican.
Were you awake?

You know you love me.


Caucus for Obama!

Say, "Yes, I am."

Will you sign this?
I will.

He says that if Barack Obama
gets nominated,

we won't have to worry
about living on peanuts.

That's right.
That's absolutely right.

MAN: It's New Year's Eve,
and everyone's on tenterhooks

waiting for the Des Moines
register poll,

which is the serious poll

of what's going to happen in
the caucuses just a few days away.

70 and 20. That's correct.

Oh, shit, it's up.

What's that? Uh...what did you...?

WOMAN: Ohhhh!

Obama at 32...

..Clinton 25, Edwards 24.


Whoo! That's wonderful!

32 to 25.

That's going to do it.

Alright. I love you too, Mom. Bye.

Yeah! 7 points, baby!

I asked for a 7-point lead today.
Who knew?


# Fired up, ready to go!

# Fired up,
ready to go!

# Fired up, ready to go!

# Fired up,
ready to go! #

MAN: Listen.

Listen. I really want everybody
to know this.

Polls don't mean shit.

And if you think tonight
that this is done, you're wrong.

This is a close, close, close race.

And we are on the verge
of making history. On the VERGE.

And what we do tomorrow

and what we do the next day
and what we do the day after that

determines whether we're
going to make history or not.

OBAMA: Well, Michelle and I had
a really interesting conversation,

and she said, uh,
"We're not doing this again."


And at first, I thought she just
meant, "Well, you know what?"

I'm never home
and it's hard on the family.

And she meant a little bit of that,
but what she really meant was,

you know, the reason that it was
important for us to do this now,

the reason it's better
for us to do it now than later

is we're still almost normal.


Which I loved. It was a great line.

I attribute it to you.
It was a good line.

And what she meant was,
you know what?

Five years ago, six years ago,

we had just finished paying off
our student loans.

MICHELLE: THREE years ago.
What are you talking about?

Well, mine was actually five or six.

We were still living in a condo.

It was a little bit too small
for the kids, our growing family.

Uh...we still had credit card debt.

We were trying to figure out how
to save for college for the girls

AND save for our retirement.

I mean, the point is, is that...

..we've gone through what people
are going through right now

relatively recently.

We don't forget it.

And so when I go
into the White House,

I will be carrying your voices
with me.

What it comes down to is,
who do you trust?

And, you know, I think that, uh...

..if you trust me,
then I think I'll deliver for you.

Alright? I'm going to go to bed.
Thank you.

It's caucus day!

I saw Tom Vilsack,
the former governor, Iowa governor.

He said, "Happy caucus day!"

Who ever thought
that was a greeting?

RONNIE: So, you guys
know where to go?

The Bean There coffee house.

We're going to be in there
10 minutes.

10 minutes.
So, we'll leave right now.

Grab a sign.

For good old-fashioned visibility.

Right down Main Street, USA.

I remember feeling so proud
of this opportunity,

and, you know, my parents,

they've really, truly come
from absolutely nothing.

My dad's never had any money
in his life.

My mom, you know,
she's from Seoul, Korea.

She was born and raised there

and moved out here when my...
when my mom and dad got married.

You know, we lived in a car for the
first couple of years of my life.

And I was the first member
of my family to go to college. know, now I'm working
for Barack Obama, right?

Like...just one of those...
one of those stories. (LAUGHS)

Hey, have you guys seen this one,
where we do the 'O' dance?

MAN: No.
Alright. Everyone's got to do it.

Let's get in over here.

Alright, so, remember that episode
of 'The Fresh Prince'

where they know, he's
doing a little dance like this?

So, everyone watch me,
and then we'll all do this.

(SINGS) # O, O, O, O, O, O, O

# Obama! Obama! Obama! Obama!

# O, O, O, O, O, O, O

# Obama! Obama! Obama! Obama! #

WOMAN: How do you feel today?

Good. Uh...confident.

I feel like we did
everything we could.

And the crowds have been great
and the volunteers have been great.

It's nice to see you.
Nice to see you. Thank you.

Ethan, who are you voting for?

Who are you voting for?

I'm voting for Barack Obama.


We, uh...we've been doing this
for months, and this is it.

You... We've worked too hard
to let this go now.

So now it's just...close the deal.
We have to close the deal.

It's more... At this...
This just means too much.

It means too much.

New Hampshire in the morning.

(LAUGHS) Look at this.

WOMAN: Take care.
Thank you.

Mike, you're going to make me cry!

I've been like this all day.

It's an emotional day.

Don't do this to me.
Don't do this to me.


It's fine. It's cool, man.

WOMAN: Did you sleep
at all last night?

Yeah, for, like, two or three hours.

Yeah. It was great.

It was great.


FAVREAU: We could say "and finally".

It feels good.


Well, Wolf, I think
the most important thing to remember

about the Democratic caucuses

is they're not an election.

They are a caucus.
They're more like a meeting.

And people stand up and be counted.

They actually walk up
to their candidate's location.

They usually put up a poster
for each candidate.

And in front of their neighbours,
they decide who to vote for.

And now we come to the key rule.

Any candidate who is 15% or more
gets to go on to the next round.

It's called the viability threshold.

And any candidate who is not...
does not get 15%, they're out.

AXELROD: I always think

that people should witness
the Iowa caucuses first-hand,

because I...I do believe
it's true democracy in action.

This is so exciting.
The parking lot is full.

People are streaming in.

It's democracy in action.

I've seen a lot
of my neighbours here,

and they're all on Obama's side,
and that's great.

There'll be a lot of...uh, cajoling.

People will say,
"Hey. Hey, come over to our side."

And you're like, "No. I'm an Obama
supporter. I'm staying put."

This is many more people
than we were expecting.

About four times more.

Uh, this is like listening
to the pre-game of the Super Bowl.

FAVREAU: I know.
None of it matters.

Just...kick off the damn ball.

You may now break into
your preference groups...

"Obama!" You just say
towards the end, "Obama, up here."

Obama people, hold your hands up.
We're going to start counting.

Hold them up.

43. 44. 45.




When you say, "It's crazy,"
what does that mean?


Biden, Dodd and Richardson
are not viable.

This is our final round
of realignment.

I'm a Republican.
I registered Democrat.

That's why I'm here.

Just get in there, go Obama...

We need two more people.

Somebody get in the hallway
and find me two people.

I need someone with a green card!
And not the immigration kind!

Sir, have you already...
given your vote?

You guys want to be
with the winners?


I'm inviting you to join us
with the Obama group.

How about some stickers?

Give me a sticker.
Hey, hey!

I need one person for Obama. Darn!

Oh, you want to be
counted for Obama?

Yes. I have been counted for Obama.
Oh, yes! Thank you. You rock.

Give me five.

That's the latest.

MAN: We elect eight delegates
to the county convention
from this precinct.

Edwards will elect two delegates.


Obama will elect four delegates.


Clinton will elect two delegates.


We are back on the air
here in Des Moines,

and we have news to report
at this hour -

NBC News is projecting

that when all the caucus-goers'
preferences are counted up,

Barack Obama will win the Iowa
caucuses on the Democratic side.

Holy shit.

Holy shit. Holy shit!


History. History.

Unbelievable. Unbelievable.

There is hope. H-O-P-E.

WOMAN: How are you feeling?

Pretty good.
We just told her.

You did? What did she say?

Not much. She jumped. (LAUGHS)

Who knew?

I might throw up now.
It's OK, though.


Just one state. 49 more.

WOMAN: Winning Iowa is
a big victory for Barack Obama.

This gives him the momentum

to be the first African American
to actually win the presidency.


For a state that has...
so few minorities as Iowa has,

I think we've proved
a lot of people...

..uh, we've proved
a lot of people wrong tonight.

WOMAN: (ON P.A.) So now
I would like to introduce to you

to the next first family
of the United States of America...


..Senator Barack Obama.



CROWD: (CHANTS) Obama! Obama!

Obama! Obama! Obama!


Thank you. Thank you!

Thank you.

Thank you, Iowa.


I used to get really kind of
ecstatic at things like this,

but now Plouffe's rubbing off on me

and I've got a real even
kind of metabolism.

He'll win New Hampshire
in five days,

and, uh...then we'll feel
really good.

(SNIFFLES) I feel good! (LAUGHS)

Oh, man!


And what I was so pleased with

..not just the fact that we won
on the raw numbers, know, what it showed
about the country.

You know...

I think it's fair to say that
there were some who were sceptical

that young people would come out,

that independents and Republicans

would be voting Democratic
in the caucus...

..or caucusing
in the Democratic caucus.

MAN: Can you just
describe that moment

when it sort of sunk in
to you and your family

that, "I've won the first battle"?


We've felt good
for the last two weeks.

Uh...because we were so proud
of what was happening on the ground.

We were seeing the crowds.

And so, regardless of how
the numbers played out exactly,

we were really confident about us
having changed how politics operated

in this caucus. makes me very optimistic
about the country.

I think we can do it
with the country as a whole.

OK, guys.
Thank you, guys.

That wasn't bad, guys.

Alright. Let me go to sleep now.

Thank you.
Thanks, Senator.

CAN you sleep?
You bet.


GIBBS: Arggh! What is this?

Reggie, how come we can't see
the Patriots game?

It's blacked out.

How can the Patriots game
be blocked out?!

We didn't...
They say we didn't purchase it.

Toot. It's your grandson.

I realised I hadn't talked to you
in a while.

And so I was thinking...

That was in fact how I started
thinking about how... come I'm not
in Hawaii right now.

'Cause that's where I usually am.

And that's where I belong. Exactly.

WOMAN: Who's that?

And Uncle Rackie.

Uncle Rackie have big ears!



Uncle Rackie...boom!

MAN: What's it like
to have Barack Obama

as your brother
and my brother-in-law?

There are moments, of course,

when you recognise that
there is sacrifice involved.

And like I said,
he belongs to the world now, know, you have to sort of
come to terms with that

and to know that, you know,

your conversations aren't
necessarily going to be as long.

He's awfully busy.

And, um...and that you might not
have him for two weeks

at Christmas time and, you know,
December, that sort of thing.

But again, you realise,
well, it' is worth it.

MAN: His father had been spotted
by AID folks in Kenya

as someone with
the kind of intellect,

the kind of drive,
the kind of energy

that we were hoping to attract
as students back in those days,

in the late '50s, early '60s,
to come to the United States.

Barack's mother -
almost the mirror opposite.

She was sweet and kind and...
but very, very smart.

But a much more placid personality.
Still water ran deep with her.

It's an interesting thing, because
he is the embodiment of his mom

in his demeanour,

but his intellect, of course,
is like his dad.

I've always said that...Barack,
he'd always be that voice of reason,

and it', as a kid,
he had that voice of reason.

He wasn't one of those kids
who just went with the flow

because that's what
you're supposed to do.

And I DO see that in him now,
as an adult.

You know, and I think that's
what appeals to so many people.

MAYA: This is where Barack grew up,
with our grandparents.

Um, they lived on the 10th floor,

and our grandmother
still resides there.

You know, his grandparents, you
know, you call them 'grandparents',

but they were his parents,
you know, growing up here.

He was just a very normal boy.

He wanted to be...
a big-time basketball player,

and he played basketball
every minute that he could.

He had...a group of boys

that would come over to this
apartment and raid the refrigerator

and go play basketball
and do things.

I know this is hard on you.

Yeah, I miss...all of us,
and Maya and all the kids.

Well, I love you, sweetie.

Alright. Bye-bye.


That was a good call.

CROWD: (CHANTS) # Fired up!
Ready to go!

# Fired up!
Ready to go!

# Fired up!
Ready to go!

# Fired up!
Ready to go! #


CROWD: (CHANTS) Obama! Obama!

Last night, Barack Obama
won an historic victory in Iowa,

beating Hillary Clinton.

For Clinton, what was
once considered inevitable

is now barely likely.

Are Democrats over Hill
and looking for a change?

Is Barack Obama on the eve
of what looks like a victory?

Not only that, I mean, it looks like
the trajectory is still going up.

I actually don't think
she's been way ahead.

She WAS way ahead in the polls
before. She's not now.

Yay, Obama!

WOLFFE: We got used to him
having big crowds, OK?

But to get a big crowd
in New Hampshire? is really unusual.

I mean, look at this line.
It stretches...

"Round the block"
doesn't do it justice.

Something's happening here.

These people are still here.

Because their movie's
now going to get a lot better.

Hey, guys?

Help me. This is it. This is...

This is our...our army.

Yeah, I don't know who thought about
doing a college rally at 8:30.

That's stupid.

Ladies and gentlemen,

please welcome
your future first lady,

Michelle Obama.


Follow the arrow out.

In case I'm like...
"Where do I go?" (LAUGHS)

Barack Obama is surging right now
in the polls.

Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney
are sinking.

Can Clinton and Romney survive?
If they lose tomorrow...

Young people voted at the same rate
as senior citizens, which...

But you did win across all of them.
Oh, we did.

But...but still, just to see
all these new people

to decide, "We're going to try
this time"...

Here's when Democrats in New
Hampshire will make their minds up,

and independents.

Tomorrow. The debate.

How will Hillary perform?
She does well in debates.

What can you say to the voters of
New Hampshire on this stage tonight

who see your resume and like it,

but are hesitating
on the likeability issue,

where they seem to like
Barack Obama more?

Well, that hurts my feelings.

I'm sorry, Senator.

But I'll try to go on.

He's very likeable.
I...I agree with that.

I don't think I'm THAT bad. Uh...

You're likeable enough, Hillary.
Thank you so much.

No doubt about it.

So I was riding in the bus with him
on Monday, before the primary,

and someone said...
looked at their email or something

and said, "Gee, Hillary had a
breakdown of some sort on the trail,

"and it's online."

It... (SIGHS)

You know, I have so many
opportunities from this country.

(VOICE BREAKS) I just don't want
to see us fall backwards. You know?


You know,
this is very personal for me.

It's not just political,
it's not just public.

I see what's happening.

And we have to reverse it. And so...

AXELROD: I remember thinking
at that moment, "I don't know.

"I don't know how
this is going to play."

Because one of the things
that had plagued her

was the sort of lack
of authenticity and humanity,

and here was this very human moment,

and whether she was crying
because she was losing or not,

she was showing an emotion
people could relate to.

Mr Obama! Come on, come on!

MAN: Are you nervous?
What's up?

Let me ask you this.
More and more people...

No, I'm not nervous. I feel great.

We just want to make sure
everybody goes to the polls.

We've only won one state.

If we do well tonight, maybe two.
Then there are 48 to go.

Linda, Hillary Clinton woke up
this primary morning,

her presidential aspirations
potentially on the line,

ready to work for every last vote.


She travelled to five different
polling sites in five hours,

trying to rally her supporters,

hoping to turn the tide against her
predicted by the polls.

The exit polls all day
have gone from...

..the first wave,
it was about 9 points,

the second wave,
it was about 4 or 5 points,

and the final wave,
it was about 1 point -

Obama over Hillary, all three.

And now the returns
that are coming in

are showing her up by 5 or 6 points.

As soon as we started
getting returns,

Matt Rodriguez,
our state coordinator,

looked at some precincts
from Manchester

and he said, "How could this be?

"You know, we're gonna lose."

And CNN is now ready to project

that Hillary Clinton has won
the New Hampshire primary.

Hillary Clinton will emerge
the victor tonight.

So we went up to tell Barack

that we weren't going to win
the New Hampshire primary,

he having gone into his dinner
with his wife

thinking that he was preparing
for a victory...

We were in a hotel room and...

You know, whenever
Gibbs and Axelrod come up

with that kind of sheepish,
hangdog look,

then you know that things aren't
going the way they're supposed to.

I want especially
to thank New Hampshire.

Over the last week,
I listened to you,

and in the process,
I found my own voice.


He leaned against the wall

and smiled, kind of...wanly,

and said, uh...uh...

.."This thing's going to go on
for a while, isn't it?"

When we've been told we're not
ready, or that we shouldn't try,

or that we can't,

generations of Americans
have responded with a simple creed

that sums up the spirit
of a people -

"Yes, we can."

I didn't consider that a low point
in the campaign.

I actually thought that was
a good moment in the campaign.

It was whispered
by slaves and abolitionists

as they blazed a trail
towards freedom

through the darkest of nights.

"Yes, we can."
AUDIENCE: Yes, we can!

It was the call
of workers who organised,

women who reached for the ballot,

a president who choose the moon
as our new frontier,

and a king who took us
to the mountain top

and pointed the way
to the promised land.

"Yes, we can"
to justice and equality.


OBAMA: We had come out of Iowa
so energised know, everybody was giddy. know,
although I think we...

..believed that we were
guarding against hubris,

you know, I'm not sure we were.

And I remember after
having lost New Hampshire,

going to my supporters
over the next couple of days

and saying, "I think
this is a good thing."

Um..."We have to earn this."

Yeah, just getting my hair cut.

How are y'all doing?

I'd rather just get a haircut.

Thank you. I appreciate that.

This is one of my quiet places.
MAN: Right on.

Alright. That means you too.

Somebody have any water for me?

MAN: I'll get you water.
OK. Thank you.

MAN: Do you have a card?

I mean, you know, I feel...

MAN: You're a cooler man than me.


You totally can. It's actually
quite a radical feeling too.

You can totally feel it.

It felt like 18 months.
Yeah. (LAUGHS)

MAN: It's February 5.

To the rest of the world,
it's Fat Tuesday.

To the political reporters trapped
on this plane, it's Super Tuesday.

Which means that the Democrats
are voting in 22 states,

the Republicans are voting
in 21 states.

This is the biggest political day
of the year.

The biggest challenge
of this Super Tuesday contest

is just the breadth
and expansion of it.

There are contests in 22 states -
15 primaries, 7 caucuses.

Tonight, there are 1,681 delegates

picked for
the Democratic Convention,

which is more than half
of the delegates you need

to win the nomination.

This is the first week

that Senator Obama has caught up
with her in national polls.

Really only a week ago,
he was still 10 points down.

For Senator Obama, this is probably
the biggest week of his campaign.

WOMAN: When do you think
this is going to be decided?

Who knows? (LAUGHS) It could be
a complete nightmare.

You think by March?


There's, like...there's something
we call 'the Doomsday scenario',

which is, like,
the Pennsylvania primary,

sometime in mid-March, uh...

But I don't think... No.


Now that we get to
"A house divided cannot stand,"

it doesn't actually
doesn't sound as much like a call.

Are we landing on something here?

And then just applause
and then kind of do the...

..start with the whisper thing?

Yeah. Alright. "We began as
a whisper in Springfield," right?

Can we say something like "found
its way to...somewhere in Iowa"?

"Where people who wanted..."

and then start getting
a little concrete?

Say that, "Maybe..." you know,
"MaybeIwant change."

(LAUGHS) It'd be like,
"Maybe I want change."

Change sounds pretty good.

Not bad, right?
"I'M for change."

"George Bush -
he's for change now too!"

Good morning.
Senator Obama for president.

Thank you.

My name is Ronnie Cho.
I'm with the Barack Obama campaign.

Here in Arizona, the Latino turnout
is gonna be very important for us.

Hopefully, you heard
today's election day.

I let go of Mike Blake
a long time ago.

You get to a point where you're
not even thinking about that.

You're so passionate
that you want him to win.

There's a huge protest vote
against Republican politics,

and it's a record turnout
in New Mexico.

I'm hearing the same in Arizona
and Colorado, Utah, California.

There's got to be some water.
Just make sure that you get it done.

We need, like, granola bars,
we need the water there.

This line is just getting
longer and longer by the minute.

The Clinton campaign believes
that Illinois will go for Barack.

New York, New Jersey, California
will be theirs.

Have you picked a candidate?
Definitely Barack.

We voted for Hillary Clinton.

I'm thinking...a woman president.

Nice to see you. Hi, sweetie.

How are you? I'm here.
Nice to meet you.

Water, anyone?


He is what I dreamed about,

and this, to me,
is just off the charts.

ALL: Hillary for president!


Ward five, precinct three.

Let's just come on inside so people
aren't just standing in the cold.

We absolutely annihilated here.

Obama don't have to worry,
'cause God got him.

He is the shining light
we've been looking for.

No. No, never.

Can you imagine, if 85%
of the people voted every election,

you couldn't get these bums
in there.

OBAMA: I still think that
Senator Clinton is the favourite.

She had 20-, 30-point leads
in many of these states.

We've been closing some ground.

What day is today?

Super Tuesday.

David Axelrod.


Yeah. He's been
waiting on you all day.

All day.

Could be
a great night.

Democrat, please.

This man's been waiting on...

You've ruined my reputation.

You know, look at these.

Now...Utah, Minnesota, North Dakota,


I mean, there you go.

We're just loading it up.

Two weeks ago we were 20 points
behind in the national Gallup poll.

Uh...and tonight we're basically
fighting her to a draw

and winning states
in her own backyard.

What began as a whisper
in Springfield

soon carried across
the cornfields of Iowa,

where farmers and factory workers,
students and seniors

stood up in numbers
we have never seen before.

It's been a clean sweep for
Barack Obama on this Saturday night.

He carried the Virgin Islands,
he carried Washington state,

Nebraska and now Louisiana.

They stood up to say
that maybe this year

this time can be different.

Maine hands him
his latest victory tonight.

It comes on the heels of a sweep
of three states yesterday.

Change will not come
if we wait for some other person.

MAN: Barack Obama
has won the Potomac primary -

that's DC, Maryland and Virginia.

We are the ones
we've been waiting for.


She is in the midst
of a losing streak of sorts.

He's going to be the best president
we've ever known.

We know that what began as a whisper

has now swelled to a chorus
that cannot be ignored,

that will not be deterred,

that will ring out across this land

as a hymn that will
heal this nation,

repair this world,

make this time
different than all the rest.


Let's go to work.

Yes, we can.

CROWD: (CHANTS) # Yes, we can!
Yes, we can! #

Thank you, Chicago.
Let's go get to work. I love you.

He has successfully
broadened his coalition,

which would be very bad news
for Hillary Clinton

going into Ohio and Texas,

coupled with the momentum

of having won ten consecutive
primaries and caucuses.

I think we can expect a very
challenging couple of weeks,

is my guess.

WOMAN: Super negative, super...?

I don't ever...
I never had them pegged

as folks who would come out with
a white flag and say, "We give up."

That's not their...Gestalt.

MAN: It's 3am, and your children
are safe and asleep.

But there's a phone in the
White House, and it's ringing.

Something's happening in the world.

Your vote will decide
who answers that call -

whether it's someone who already
knows the world's leaders,

knows the military,

someone tested and ready to lead
in a dangerous world.

It's 3am, and your children
are safe and asleep.

Who do you want answering the phone?

I'm Hillary Clinton,
and I approve this message.


PHONE: 26 other callers present.

stress this enough,

that everybody does doors -

This weekend, everybody on staff,
I don't care who you are.

I will be doing them.

I expect the political folks
to do 'em.

I expect the press folks to do 'em.
I expect the schedulers to do 'em.

Everybody does a shift. Everybody.

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