Obama Cites Turnout in His 'Good Night'
"We had a good night," he deadpanned. "My throat is hoarse but my spirits are good."
Obama cited returns showing that young voters, independents and Republicans had turned out in large numbers, contributing to Thursday's record-shattering turnout. "It's fair to say that some were skeptical" that these non-traditional caucus goers would show up, he said. But with a flash of breezy confidence, he added, "It's a sign of what's going to happen in the country."
There's plenty of change on offer from Democratic candidates these days, with both of Obama's top rivals, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and former Sen. John Edwards, advocating their own versions of a fresh start in Washington. But Obama asserted, with an eye on those pragmatic New Hampshire voters, "I really think the country is interested in not just change in the abstract but a very specific kind of change. Change which involves people getting involved, paying attention, holding their elected officials accountable...wanting us to solve problems. So that was reflected in the results. "
Asked what's changed about the race, Obama replied, "We won the first caucus." He added sensibly, "I don't want to get into the prognostication. That's your job." As he turned away he said, "Let me go to sleep now."
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