North Charleston told Barack Obama they were ready for change Thursday night. The crowd mixed with various ages and races were rallying long before Obama arrived. But it was the presidential candidate that really livened the crowd up at a sleepy 9 p.m.

“I want to make sure you’re ready,” he says. “Because a lot of people say you shouldn’t be ready.”

In a stump speech tied closely to his speech at the Cistern last week, Obama told the crowd he was running because we can’t wait.

“But I can’t bring about that change by myself,” he told the crowd. “You have to be prepared for change.”

The first half of the stump targeted the current administration on issues like Iraq, energy, education, and health care.

“But the American people don’t want to just be against something,” he said. “They want to be for something.”

The second half was saved for his other Democratic candidates, on their voting records, their “Washington talk,” their debate performances, and their recent attacks on his campaign.

“You know, when I was 20 points down in the polls, I was ‘a fine young man,’” he said. “Suddenly, I win Iowa and the knives come out.”