Obama's Words of Caution
By Shailagh Murray
HOUSTON -- Here's a secret about election day: The campaigns have no idea what's going to happen, either.
Sen. Barack Obama's crowds are enthusiastic, and his voter turnout operations in all four states voting today appear to be running at full tilt. But Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has hit Obama hard in the past few days, and a former Chicago friend and Obama contributor went on trial for corruption on Monday -- bad timing for the Illinois senator, to say the least. To the extent that the bad news is resonating, only the returns in Ohio, Texas, Rhode Island and Vermont will tell.
But while Clinton is sounding bullish, Obama cautioned supporters to prepare for a potentially long and tough slog -- and perhaps a measure of disappointment tonight.
He told a crowd in Houston late Monday, "So here we are, with the possibility of winning the nomination. Here's the thing that people have to understand: Change is not easy. Sometimes I think during the course of a campaign, particularly one that has been successful, I think there is a tendency to start feeling kind of like, huh, like things are just always going to go the way they should."
The raucous crowd had grown quiet. "But one of the things that I've learned is that, what makes this powerful, is not that things always go easy, but rather, that we are willing to go forward even when it's hard," Obama continued. "That we are willing to strive for something better even when the odds are against us. That we are willing to roll up our sleeves and join together and to create the kind of America that all of us believe in. That's what this campaign has been about."
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March 4, 2008; 1:49 PM ET
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