Obama Pool Report 2
Pooler was not allowed in the ballroom to observe remarks by
Michelle Obama and Penny Pritzker, who spoke before Obama's
remarks. But your pooler, staffed by Burton, was allowed to take
notes and tape the amplified sound she could hear clearly
through a wall.
Michelle Obama told the crowd she wanted to talk about how
she felt about Obama's presidential run... "I am so excited and
very very proud for my husband on what will be one of our
greatest endeavors....I enter into this next phase of our
journey not completely knowing what to expect, but with eyes
wide open, fully aware of the joys and the pain, the agony and
the ecstasy, the sacrifices and the triumphs..."
She said "politics is a full contact sport."
More quotes from Michelle Obama, who mounts a defense of
people who question Obama's experience. It is "his time," she
"And don't be fooled by people who claim that it is not
his time. We are all too familiar with those baseless claims.
We've heard this spewed from the lips of rivals.....every phase
of our journey, he is not experienced enough, he should wait his
turn. He is too young, he is not black enough, he is not white
enough...he is too articulate. He can't raise the money. Don't
be fooled by these claims because they are mere distractions.
Distractions to keep us focused once again on what is not
possible. Distractions that keep us mired in fear so that we are
unable to focus on the real issues that are dragging us down as
a nation. What we need right now is a leader. And a leader is
more than a set of finite experiences."
Only in the world of politics, Michelle Obama said, after
she highlighted Obama's resume "would insiders dare to look at
those accomplishments and dare to have the audacity to say he is
Once Obama started speaking, pooler was allowed in the
room. (see description of set-up in first pool report) He
thanked Pritzker for serving as national finance chair. "I can't
think of a better selection." He thanked his fundraising staff.
"How was your weekend. We had a pretty good weekend."
Obama related how there was a debate within his campaign
about his outdoor announcement plan for Saturday after a weather
forecast predicted the bone chilling cold that did indeed occur
"We're kind of pressing our luck here," Obama, said he told
his staff, what with asking people to show up for a political
rally with the temperature in the teens....This is going to be
one of those instances "where my staff had more faith than I
did, which is going to be one of my messages here today.
A staffer said, "we just think that people are going to
want to come and they are going to want to be in a place that
captures the spirit of what this campaign is going to be all
about, and so we need to take risks.' And so we took risks. And
we took risks and 17,000 people showed up."
Obama on his chances:
"That's the opportunity of this campaign. It is not a
certainty. It is a possibility...I cannot stand before you today
and guarantee an outcome and I cannot guarantee that as a
consequence of this campaign America is transformed overnight."
"It is pretty rare where you get those moments where you can
put your shoulder against the wheel and move history. And this
is one of those moments. And this is one of those moments...I
need your money, I need your time, I need your energy."
Washington Bureau Chief