"Quad City Times Misreports Michelle Obama’s Comments on Iowa’s Importance"
When I read this story this morning, my gut feeling told me it sounded sketchy and Michelle probably was grossly misquoted, but I didn’t have the proof yet. Thankfully MSNBC’s First Read has investigated and found out that Michelle Obama was indeed misquoted. They write:
This morning, the Quad City Times reported that Michelle Obama said last night that “it’s over” if her husband does not win in Iowa.
But Michelle Obama did not, in fact, say “it’s over.” What she did tell supporters (and we have it recorded) is, “Iowa will make the difference. If Barack doesn’t win Iowa, then it’s just a dream. If we win Iowa, then we can move to the world as it should be. And we need your help in making that happen. If we win Iowa, then we can move to the world as it should be. And we need your help in making that happen.”
The gist is the same — Michelle Obama clearly implied that a poor showing in the state means the end of the road for Obama. And saying, “win” instead of the usual moderate-expectation-setting “do well,” is significant. But the ultimatum of “it’s over” was not uttered.
The Quad City Times corrected its reporting this afternoon.