After a week of preparation, thousands of phone calls, and more than a few late night pizza deliveries, Iowa was ready for a visit from the President. Ever since Iowans launched then Senator Obama on his path to the White House more than 4 years ago, Iowa has held a special place in President Obama's heart. And if yesterday's event is any evidence, the feeling is mutual.
However, none of this would have been possible without our amazing volunteer staff who gave up their evenings and weekends to help us get ready for the President's visit. For everything from making calls to signing up new voters to bringing food into the office for staffers who worked late into the night, we owe the success of this week to their dedication and enthusiasm. Even when a sudden downpour threatened to put a damper on the event, our volunteers stuck around and helped attendees find shelter from the rain.
Once people started to fill up the building the feeling of anticipation was palpable. This crowd was truly fired up and ready to go for President Obama.
When President Obama addressed the crowd he gave a powerfully articulated defense of middle-class values and gave voice to our loftiest aspirations for a fair economy that is built to last. The passion and hope that people invested in then-Senator Obama's message of "Change" four years ago has not disappeared as some have suggested. In fact, it is alive and well here in Iowa, in a barn where thousands gathered in a shared desire for our country to keep moving forward.