LAST HOORAH: President’s Final Stop In Des Moines
President Obama made his last campaign stop, ever in Des Moines Monday night.
He credits Des Moines as the place that launched him to the White House four years ago, and says he chose to hold the event here so he could finish where he started.
An estimated 20,000 people crowded the East Village, waiting in the cold for hours to hear the President speak.
Rock legend Bruce Springsteen kicked off the evening with a few songs, before Michelle Obama took the stage to introduce her husband.
The President spoke for about 30 minutes, saying Iowa has given his family many wonderful memories. He thanked supporters for all their work, and said the only thing left for Iowan’s to do is vote.
“To all of you who lived and breathed the hard work of change, I want to thank you. You took this campaign and you made it your own. You organized yourselves block by block, neighborhood by neighborhood, county by county, starting a movement that spread across the country. A movement made up of young and old, rich and poor, black and white, Latino and Asian, Native American, gay straight, democrats, republicans who all believe we have something to contribute.”
President Obama will spend Election Day in his hometown of Chicago; Channel 13’s Dave Price will speak with him via satellite. Look out for the full interview online Tuesday.