Video: Obama claims pledged delegate majority in Iowa

Speaking tonight in Iowa, Barack Obama took the step of announcing his pledged delegate majority with the delegates he was awarded in Kentucky. We’re still awaiting Oregon but that will inevitably increase his lead as well.

Here’s video of the Iowa event:

A report on it from MSNBC:

In an address to supporters in Des Moines, Iowa — evenb before the first returns from Oregon were reported — he said he was “within reach” of the nomination and focused most of his attention on McCain, not Clinton.

Obama attacked McCain as a clone of President Bush on tax cuts, Iraq and health care, saying: “This year’s Republican primary was a contest to see which candidate could out-Bush the other, and that is the contest John McCain won.”

Aides said the choice to make his primary-night speech in Iowa was a symbolic one: Obama’s victory in the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses last year catapulted the senator into the front ranks of Democratic contenders, and his return Tuesday night was meant to close the circle.

“From the very beginning, you knew that this journey wasn’t about me or any of the other candidates in this race,” Obama said.

“It’s about whether this country — at this defining moment — will continue down the same road that has failed us for so long or whether we will seize this opportunity to take a different path: to forge a different future for the country we love.”

This was markedly relaxed compared to what it was supposed to originally be, a proclamation that Obama had taken the nomination. Instead, it was marked as a “historic milestone” that he now has the majority of pledged delegates won from primaries and caucuses. It’s still not the magic 2,025 number needed but it’s getting closer despite Hillary Clinton’s big performance in Kentucky.

  • Babs

    Bless his heart, he wants to say it so badly, doesn’t he? But it’s a little like announcing you’re almost pregnant. 🙂

  • Whobody

    I think a lesser man would have said it already.

    It’s more like celebrating a first down inside the red zone where you can almost taste the endzone.

    He’s got a first-and-goal inside the 10 yard line.

  • Babs

    A lesser man? Come on, Whobody, you know it has nothing to do with personal integrity. It’s political posturing under the advice of counsel. *L*

  • Whobody

    Granted, it is a possibility. Still…

    I think a lesser counsel would have advised him to say it already.

    And actually I think it does have something to do with personal integrity (even allowing for the arena of political posturing). He picks his advisors. He chooses his actions after the advice is given. I believe others would have taken a more cut-throat approach.

    Maybe you will also say there is no personal integrity within the advisors Barack has chosen; in which case, he (under their counsel) may have refrained from saying it in an effort to appease the spiteful political blowhards who rarely stray from the trite and contempt-laden judgements of their political rivals. Comments in which they make an attempt to belittle their rivals personal actions when respect may be due and pin it on them when they fall short of perfect personal character. So it goes, we are merely left with nothing actually morally upright, but rather the necessary evil of a empty political gesture.

    Why expect integrity, when our highest officials have so long been without it, huh?

    In the past I would’ve probably agreed with your statement, but now I would actually like to believe there is “HOPE” for some of them and some of us.

  • Babs

    Good luck with that, Whobody. I hope the hope thing works out for you. 🙂

  • Whobody

    It has already done more than your cynicism will ever accomplish.

  • Babs

    It’s not cynicism, Whobody, just healthy skepticism. I actually believed in the hope for change with another liberal democrat candidate – campaigned and rallied for him, celebrated for weeks when he won. That was Jimmy Carter, and you know the rest of the story.

  • Whobody

    When someone’s skepticism becomes filled with sarcasm and pessimism, it crosses over to cynicism. I can understand your doubt, but not your disparagement.

  • Babs

    *ROFL* I’m the farthest thing from a pessimist there is. Your analysis is off base, Dr. 🙂

  • Michel

    Yeah, she’s not a pessimist. And don’t call her a cynic, is common knowledge that she great hopes put on her candidate. She just happen to blieve in the most absurd thing from John McCain but hey, nobody’s perfect. She likes him, there’s nothing we can do about it.

    Whobody, I actually do think he is now in the conditions of claiming his absolute lead. And yes, I agree, a lesser man (with lesser advice) would have claimed a victory before it was confirmed. Tre 2000 Florida vote recount is a good example.

  • Stalin

    Michel:

    Who are you voting for? Can you vote?

  • Whobody

    It’s not the hope for McCain that throws me. It’s the constant mocking of Obama and his every little action.

    I’m not calling you a pessimist in your everyday walk of life, nor in the political arena. I do think it pervades your opinions on Obama though. I hardly think you put him on an equal playing field, even before he opens his mouth (which is your option, as it is mine to speak against it). I never actually used the word pessimist in an all-emcompassing sense, only that your Obama speak is filled with pessimism. Naysaying. We could use naysaying if it is less offensive.

    You’re a very bright and passionate person, and that comes across when you are talking on issues important to you. And your optimism for this country often shows. I just get irked by the constant sardonic tone you use when speaking on Obama.

    Also –
    Usage of the English language isn’t reserved for those with doctorates, either. There you are also mocking me. That is where disparagement comes in.

  • Whobody

    Babs, I apologize for my digression and honestly mean no disrespect. I often enjoy your commentary and opinions. I felt like defending Obama on what I saw as a politician choosing a higher ground than I think we normally would see during an election, especially such a tight and heated one. Even as it is political posturing, their choice still holds more integrity than lesser politicians. While he wishes not to offend Clinton supporters, he could have easily tried to win them over with strongarm tactics of the victor rather than respectful deferment. As she vocalizes her reasons to press on, he should vocalize his as well.

  • Michel

    Stalin: I live in Florida, and voted for Barack Obama. My vote, as you know didn’t count. That happens. At the General Election, I will vote for him.

    Did you really needed me to clarify that for you? What’s your point?

    By the way, great digression Whobody 😉

  • Babs

    Whobody, I rarely if ever take your posts as disrepect, and I know you didn’t mean any here, no offense taken. I apologize if you were offended at my referring to you as “Dr.”, I was making light of what sounded like a physcological diagnosis because it struck me as funny. Honestly, I think you misinterpret my dry sense of humor with “naysaying” or “pessimism” concerning Obama sometimes.

    When I’m seriously opposing Obama’s stand on an issue, it’s clear. So let me be serious on the subject of his declaration above, and we can move on. A “lesser” politician also would not have claimed a nomination he doesn’t have yet. That’s just a fact, whether the media wants to declare him the nominee or not, he doesn’t yet have the delegate count to be able to do that. (McCain can call himself the presumptive nominee because he does have the required delegates.) It has nothing to do with his respect for Hillary, it has to do with the plain old fact that he can’t claim what isn’t his yet. And I almost feel sorry for him, because he obviously wants to so badly, but he just can’t. I would find that humorous if it were Hillary or McCain. And by the way, I laugh at McCain a lot, he’s a funny guy. (Funny haha, not funny strange)

    As far as Obama in general, you know I don’t favor him as a candidate, and I don’t believe his credentials alone would have ever gotten him this far in this race. I agree with very few of his opinions or stands on issues. At best, I’m neutral on a few. But I don’t think I’ve ever been disrespectful to a person on this site because they support Obama. You and I have had a few heated debates over some of the issues, but I don’t question your personal intelligence or judgment for supporting him. And I never will. I wish I could say the same about a another or two who think I’m the devil’s spawn for supporting McCain, but I’ll continue to ignore those.

    So, no worries on my side, Whobody. Keep defending your candidate, you should. And anytime you’re not sure if I’m being “cynical” or “humorous”, give me the benefit of the doubt. It’s usually the latter. 🙂

  • Whobody

    All is well. I appreciate the banter. It must have struck me wrong that day.

  • Babs

    Hey, it was full moon, didn’t you notice? 😉

  • Stalin

    Michel,

    You live in Florida? Why do you have a Cuban IP address? Care to explain?