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September 16, 2009

Ready To Go?

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And so — so for the rest of the day, every time I saw my staff, I’d say, “Are you fired up?” They’d say, “I’m fired up.” “Are you ready to go?” They’d say, “I’m ready to go.” (Applause.) And it goes to show you how one voice can change a room. (Applause.) And if it changes a room it can change a city. And if it can change a city it can change a state. And if it can change a state it can change a nation. If it changes the nation it can change the world. (Applause.) It can bring health care to every American. It can lower our costs. It can make your insurance more secure. I want to know, Minnesota, are you fired up?

AUDIENCE: Fired up!
THE PRESIDENT: Ready to go?
AUDIENCE: Ready to go!
THE PRESIDENT: Fired up?
AUDIENCE: Fired up!
THE PRESIDENT: Ready to go?
AUDIENCE: Ready to go!
THE PRESIDENT: Fired up?
AUDIENCE: Fired up!
THE PRESIDENT: Ready to go?
AUDIENCE: Ready to go!
THE PRESIDENT: They can’t stop us. Let’s go get this done. Thank you, everybody. God bless you. (Applause.)

Looking at these wonderful Pete Souza images from the Target Center on Sunday (the snip of the end of the speech courtesy the White House blog post) — is Obama gaining traction, has he had it the whole time, or is this the view from the bubble? …Or, do we simply have greater confirmation the last month or so that there really are blue and red Americas?

(Interesting, by the way, how the pics seem so gender balanced.)

(image: Pete Souza/White House. caption: The audience listens to President Barack Obama at a rally for health care reform at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 12, 2009.)

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