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Emanuel Endorses Obama


House Democratic Caucus Chairman Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.), with House Whip Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) (L) and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) at the U.S. Captiol May 15, 2008. (Getty Images)
Updated 1:58 p.m.

By Shailagh Murray
Here's another sign that the Democratic race is over: Rep. Rahm Emanuel joined Sen. Barack Obama for the Illinois senator's appearance before the AIPAC executive committee this morning.

His formal endorsement came later in the day. "After an historic primary contest that made our party stronger than ever, the voters have spoken," Emanuel said in a statement. "I have known Barack Obama for years, first as a friend and later as a colleague. I know he will bring about real change and I am proud to endorse his campaign for President."

A member of the House leadership, Emanuel was one of the most conflicted Democrats during the long primary slog. President Clinton got him started in politics by hiring the Chicago native as a young aide, and the two have remained very close. But Emanuel also is a big Obama fan, sharing a hometown with the senator and many friends in common.

At the beginning of the primary season, the blunt and outspoken congressman joked that he would have to "hide under his desk" until the Clinton or Obama prevailed. Now the long crouch is over.

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"severe social, economic and psychological blows"

I am happy to give this blow right to Obama's face! He has disrepected Hillary for the last time!

McCain will be President. Obama blew his chance.

Posted by: Obama is the downfall of America | June 5, 2008 3:47 AM | Report abuse

Those who supported Hillary Clinton and would refuse to vote for Mr. Obama should consider the severe social, economic and psychological blows they would have bestowed upon our country's future in general, and our Democratic Party in particular. A candle has been lit by Mr. Obama in America since 6.3.08 that will never flicker or fade. Let us nurture, nourish and cherish it. Keep the conscience alive!

Posted by: Steve Beckford | June 5, 2008 2:58 AM | Report abuse

This is a big endorsement for Senator Obama I thank Rep. Rahm Emanuel for coming aboard I think his input to helping Obama capture voter from the jewish community will be a need jesture.

Obama for President

Posted by: Jacie - San Leandro, Ca | June 4, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Heard on the news a couple of days ago that, over the past 15 years, while "Rev." Wright has been spewing his hate-filled, racist, anti-American, anti-white speeches, and Obama has "not-heard" any of that, their "church", which recently gave a Lifetime Achievement award to Louis Farrakhan, has quietly been the recipient of $15,000,000 of our tax dollars! They are probably still getting it!

How'd they arrange to get that much of our tax money, who set that up, do you think? Separation of church and state? Has that been repealed? Do you think anybody should ask Obama if he had anything to do with getting that "church" this money? If he didn't, who did? Shouldn't we know?

Posted by: lightnin | June 4, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

He may have been conflicted, but he KNOWS A WINNER WHEN HE SEES ONE - OBAMA!!! YEAH!

Posted by: MadasHelinVA | June 4, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

It is certainly time Mr. Emanuel. I think it has been ridiculous for him to hold out this long.

Posted by: Susan | June 4, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Clinton's Republician laced 18 million votes are tainted and don't factor well into consideration for the VP spot because these extra voters will return to McCain in November.

Posted by: Michael Keels | June 4, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Everyone likes a winner. Obama will collect them like bees to honey. However, the Hillary question is like handling a cactus. If she wants the VP spot, why is she communicating with the press? She must at some time get off her high horse.

Posted by: DenisR | June 4, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

And Rahm will run for Barack's Senate seat if/when Barack is elected President, right Chris?

Posted by: JP | June 4, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

If Rahm Emanuel and Obama have many friends in common, I'm not so sure I'd be going around telling people that. Fraudbama seems to have some rather embarrassing friends.

Posted by: Bob S4 | June 4, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Time for Mr. Obama to be very, very careful. Mrs. Clinton's husband took $130 million from the president of Kazakhstan a few years ago and now it's payback time. If the Clintons can't get back in, they themselves may be at risk.
Mr. Obama needs some very public insurance, something that makes it crystal-clear that HRC will not be the nominee should he have an unfortunate accident.

Posted by: John Johnson | June 4, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

This is a powerful endorsement from the Jewish community and also supports and helps to mend,the old ties and strong black-Jewish alliances dating back to the early 1900's. This could be the beginning of the coaliton that will add hispanic's, working class white males and females, Asians, and Indians into a rainbow coalition and the most diverse adminstration to ever lead this nation.

Posted by: Jimmie Griffin | June 4, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Is he one of the chickens?

Posted by: Jen | June 4, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

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