Friday, January 4, 2008

Initial Reactions

As my students and I waited in line to enter the caucus room, everyone knew there would be a higher turnout in a too-close-to-call presidential race. Yet, despite the uncertainty, Andrew (far left) yesterday afternoon correctly predicted the eventual outcome for the state--38% of the delegates going to Obama. Stephen (in the middle) should get a silver medal for his prediction of 37%.

As for my own thoughts, from the day we arrived in Iowa, I could see the enthusiasm for the Obama campaign and its message of hope and change. More importantly, in a caucus state, organization is key. You need to get your supporters identified and engaged; you need to turn them out in force on caucus night. The Obama campaign showed all the marks of a disciplined, vibrant, and dedicated effort throughout the week we've spent here. Everywhere we went, in contrast with the other campaigns, the Obama folks were always the most "Fired Up. Ready to Go."

1 comment:

History teacher said...

Please tell Benjamin Martin that his 8th grade Social Studies teacher says, "Master, remember the Athenians!"

Ben, I'm really proud of you! Please contact me sometime at

Good luck!
Mr. J