Obama: “Fired Up? Ready To Go!”

Manassas, Virginia, 11/3/08 Obama: Finally we get to Greenwood. We pull up — first of all, you don’t know you’re in Greenwood right away when you get to Greenwood, there aren’t a lot of tall buildings there. We pull up to a small building, a field house in the park. We go inside. And lo and behold, after an hour and a half drive, turns out there are twenty people there. Twenty people, and they all look kind of damp and kind of sleepy, like maybe they aren’t really excited to be there either. But you know, I am a professional. Ive got to do what I got to do. [applause] So I go around, I’m shaking hands, I’m saying how ya doing, what are ya doing? [applause] Wait, wait. As I go around the room suddenly I hear this voice cry out behind me, “Fired Up!” And Im shocked. I jump up. I dont know what’s going on. But everybody else acts like this is normal and they say, “fired up.” Then I hear this voice say, “ready to go!” And the other twenty people in the room, they act like this happens all the time, they say ready to go. I don’t know what’s going on. So I look behind me, and there’s this small woman, about sixty years old, a little over five feet. It looks like she just came from church, got a big church hat. [laughter] And she’s standing there and she looks at me and shes smiling. And she says, “fired up!” Turns out she is a city councilwoman from Greenwood who also moonlights as a private detective — I’m not making this up. [laughter] And it turns out she is famous for her
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