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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Obama ends with a tear: President weeps as he gives last speech of campaigning career

By HUGO GYE, MEGHAN KENEALLY and MARK DUELL

Emotional: Barack Obama was caught tearing up at his final rally in Iowa on Monday night

Barack Obama was last night overwhelmed with emotion during the final campaign performance of his career as he was forced to wipe away a tear in front of a huge crowd in Iowa.
Seemingly swept up in the significance of the event in Des Moines, the usually-stoic President appeared to weep from his left eye as he made his last plea to voters last night.
'I've come back to Iowa one more time to ask for your vote. This is where our movement for change began,' he told the crowd of 20,000 people.

To the people: Obama said that he picked Iowa as the place for the final rally because that was where the campaign began

He was joined on stage by First Lady Michelle, who hugged her husband and they happily clasped hands as they strode off stage. She also gave a speech introducing Barack at the event.
The late night rally in Iowa was the final stop on the drawn out re-election campaign, and the President capped off the last 24 hours with visits to Wisconsin, Ohio and Iowa.
He was joined on the road by some top-tier celebrity supporters, including rapper Jay Z and rocker Bruce Springsteen.

Frosty: The cold temperatures of the late night rally caught up with the President

‘You took this campaign and you made it your own. When the cynics said you couldn't, you said: “Yes we can”.’

Jay Z, who has held multiple fundraisers for the President, even changed his lyrics to take a jab at the President's Republican rival Mitt Romney, rapping: 'I got 99 problems but Mitt ain't one.'
He told the crowd in Columbus, Ohio, that when Obama asked him to perform at the campaign rally, he replied: 'Michelle is coming?'
Earlier the President appeared with Springsteen in Madison, Wisconsin in a last-minute attempt to shore up his lead in the Midwestern swing state.

It's done! A joyous Michelle greets the President after his speech to the crowd of 200,000 people

However, the pair drew a crowd just a quarter of the size of that drawn by Springsteen and John Kerry in 2004.
Obama and the Boss then travelled on Air Force One together to Ohio and Iowa, with Springsteen playing a short set before Obama delivers his campaign speech.
The Boss said that his travels with the President marked his first time on Air Force One, giving the presidential ride a succinct 'pretty cool'.

Approving look: The couple have been campaigning for Obama's re-election for nearly 18 months

Happy hugs: The Obama team chose to spend the final day of the campaign in the midwest to sure up votes in the critical swing states

Bringing out the crowds: Both candidates are vying for strong showings in the midwest

The two musical legends were joined by nearly 200 other well-known 'surrogates' for Obama lending their voices to the last day of his re-election effort.
Springsteen played his hit Land of Hope and Dreams in front of a crowd of 18,000 yesterday morning, before rousing them with a speech in support of the President.
He said that Obama had run on an optimistic message of change in 2008, but now faced 'a world that challenges your hopefulness'.
Springsteen also joked that although he was proud to support the President's re-election, 'that first debate really freaked me out'.

Couple: U.S. Republican presidential nominee and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney kisses his wife Ann at a campaign rally in Columbus, Ohio

source: dailymail



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