"People don't understand an administration that treats our Constitution as a nuisance," he says.
The only mission that was accomplished was to take us into a war that never should have happened, he says as the crowd cheers.
"It's because of these failures that America is listening to the candidates in this election," he said. "America wants to believe again. It's because of that, this a moment of great challenge, but also great opportunity."
Part of the reason people are showing so much interest in this election, is that they know the name George W. Bush will not be on the ballot, Obama tells the crowd, and makes reference to the fact that his cousin, Dick Cheney, also won't be on the ballot.
"When they do these geneology things, you hope you're related to Martin Luther King," he said. "But Cheney?"
Obama asks the crowd "What is next for America?"
"Our nation is at war, the planet is in peril. The dream so many generations have fought for is slipping away," he says.
I"ve been running for president for about 10 months," Obama says. "Turns out, we might win. They said it couldn't be done, but it might be done"
Obama talk about trekking across the country, attracting crowds in NYC, Iowa other other locations. Obama talk about the diversity of those supporting him -- blacks, whites, old people, young people, gay people, and even a few Republicans.
It's 9 p.m., and presidential hopeful Barack Obama is slated to make his appearance on stage in about 15 minutes. He begins a weekend of stumping in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina with Chicago fave and powerhouse Oprah Winfrey tomorrow.
Jeff Tweedy formed Wilco back in 1994 with members John Stirratt, Max Johnston, and Ken Coomer. They've released six albums -- in addition to two collaboration albums with Billy Bragg and one with The Minus 5.
Not sure if it's because they want them to leave the stage or are happy to see them. Apparently there are a lot of people up in the balcony -- a huge contrast to who's on the main floor. The Cool Kids keep saying "Wilco" will perform, however, Jeff Tweedy was the only one slated to take the stage tonight.
The stage crew is busy setting up for the next act, while the Cool Kids talk about -- nothing -- onstage. At one point, they're talking about some commerical on TV. The crowd doesn't seem all that interested. They'll perform one more song before the next act takes the stage.
The band's closing song is their hit "Her You and I." They're a band from Chicago that was formed back in March 2002 that combines rock with "jangle and jazzy rhythms." They debuted their first album back in 1996.
We're still not sure who's performing, and from the sound of the crowd, neither do they. There's a lot of chatter going on among the crowd, at least from the pen we in the media are sectioned off in. I suspect it's "The Changes," which sound a lot like most Indie bands.
Cool Kids take the stage again for a short performance. They're a rap duo -- and have managed to get the crowd to start clapping, though some of the veteran members of the crowd seem to be swaying in the wind with confusion.
Crowded anonymously between vacant storefronts, auto-repair shops and discount markets on a desolate North Side street, the nondescript white building housing Wilco’s band loft belongs in one of its songs. The space itself is furnished with them.