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Obama Thrills on the Hill

By Jonathan Weisman and Ben Pershing
Sen. Barack Obama held his first meeting with House Democrats since clinching the Democratic presidential primaries, huddling in the ornate Cannon caucus room with lawmakers to coordinate policy messages.

House members who were deeply divided during the primary season greeted Obama with warm, sustained applause. Then they pushed him on their own platform of increased infrastructure funding, a new round of flood relief and a second stimulus package aimed at jobs creation. Those priorities meshed well with Obama's, as the senator shifts from last week's foreign policy push overseas to a renewed focus on the economy.

House Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) said he was looking forward to the day when the occupant of the White House would sign a stem cell research bill into law, give 10 million additional children health care coverage under the Children's Health Insurance Program, and end the war in Iraq.

But Democratic aides said the loudest applause came when Obama discussed his trip through the Middle East, Afghanistan and Europe, and Democratic leaders hailed a new era when American leadership is respected abroad. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) alluded to that after the meeting when she spoke of "America's leadership role in the world," and implored Obama to "take our country in a new direction."

"We are in an historic time and every member of Congress recognizes what an extraordinarily challenge and what an extraordinary opportunity this election represents," Obama said, flanked by the entire House Democratic leadership.

He added, "Democrats are not for a bigger government but for a responsive, efficient and honest government that is listening to the voices of the American people."

He pledged to work with congressional Democrats and "like-minded Republicans" to govern after the election.

"This is one of those moments when big change can happen, but only if we seize that moment," Obama said, before rushing off for a flight to Missouri.

During the hour-long session, according to people in the room, Obama emphasized his plan to reach out to congressional Democrats, both during his campaign and his presumptive administration. Obama touched on subjects ranging from Iran and FISA to energy policy and Justice Department malfeasance.

Members described an upbeat session marked by calls for unity. The one note of discord came when Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) asked whether Obama planned to implement a "Team of Rivals" strategy in selecting his Cabinet. Specifically, Schiff asked whether Obama might keep Defense Secretary Robert Gates in his current post, prompting a chorus of boos and hisses from the assembled Democrats. Obama responded that he was focused on getting elected before he would consider such decisions.

Rep. Shelly Berkley (D-Nev.) said Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.) asked Obama about his stance on the current state of negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program. "If the Iranians don't accept a deal now because they think they're going to get a better deal from the next president, they're mistaken," Obama responded, according to Berkley.

"There were no surprises," said Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.). Asked whether the subject of Obama's vice-presidential search came up, Ackerman said: "Are you kidding? There were 230 vice presidents in the room."

Obama was particularly pointed in discussing recent reports of partisanship and other malfeasance at the Justice Department. "He said his first order of business will be to direct his attorney general to find out what's gone wrong there," said Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.).

Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) said after the meeting that Obama reminded him of the last Democratic occupant of the White House. "It's very similar in manner to dealing with President Clinton. There isn't a thing that he can't answer, any question he can't just wow you with in terms of his answer," Kennedy said.

After a brief photo-op, Obama walked to the elevator with his arm around Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the two of them smiling and laughing. Pelosi seemed to say her farewell as Obama entered an elevator, then after a moment's hesitation, jumped into the car with him just before the door closed.

By Web Politics Editor  |  July 29, 2008; 7:36 PM ET
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Once you get past all the attempts at raising bogus issues, the choice is very clear.We can continue the disastorous path we are currently on, or we can vote for a candidate who offers to change the way things are done.That sure doesn't sound like a difficult choice to me.

Posted by: bill | July 30, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Its true Sen.Obama is doing his part and now its up to us to do our part and elect him POTUS!John McDumbbutt is so mad that Sen.Obama is doing so well that he is trying to destroy his campaign by running negative ads filled with lies.He eveidently think the American people are so stupid and don't know about the Republican way of winning and stealing elections.We can't afford another 4yrs. of Bush/Rove/Cheney tactics.Why would anybody even consider giving them another 4yrs to take us down further by electing J.McCain!!Wake Up!! OBAMA'08

Posted by: Shell | July 30, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

chyk o

You are one of those people who won´t see the forest because of the trees and you are a spreader of McCain LIES.

Posted by: Greg | July 30, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Still whining about Obama being black and the reason for his ineptness. I can think of several reasons he can't close a big margin on McCain:

1. He is racist, no matter what gullible people think about him bringing people together..Is it the togetherness his 20 yr. racist church spoke of?

2. Is it his statement about white, gun toting, religious clinging anti-immigrant people?

3. Is it the statement put out by his party, about how stupid and uneducated anyone was that didn't agree with them?

4. Is it when he called his Grandmother a typical white woman?

5. It is his shady house deal.

6. Is it about the neglect and blind eye he turned while Retko made off with about 10 million that was to go to rebuild Chicago housing?

7. Was it his statement he pulled the wrong voting switch 6 TIMES as Senator?

8. Was it his trying to alter and use the Presidential Seal for his own purpose?

9. Was it his shift to the center, casting off the liberal left?

10. Was it his flip-flopping?

11. Was it his pompous interference in the policies of the US with Iraq?

12. Was it his not visiting troops?

There are lots more and the Americans are not buying it. Yes, McCain has some blunders, but he has not set himself up as an unquestionable, unapproachable, Savior of the USA.

Bush is infinitely charges with tromping on the constitution, not being accountable or answering for his actions. Is that now what Obama is? Cannot be questioned or held accountable because if anyone does, their a racist. Picking on the poor black man? That my friends is what you have to look forward to with this guy's regime! He will never be held accountable, because he is black and excuses will always be made for him...

Posted by: dragonfly777 | July 30, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

A shiny brighter day is at our door step asking us to let them in and come November, we should in the interest of world peace, security and economic stability. May God guide and keep Obama alife to fullfill his God choosen deed.

Posted by: chyk o | July 30, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse


McCains tactics are to throw as much untruths out there as he possibly can in order to HIDE the big picture from America. Some Americans are so busy talking about the troops Obama did not visit in Germany for whatever reason, that they miss all the other visits he has done, both at Walter Reed and abroad...they are missing the "forest" because the trees are in the way and blocking their view.
An American Presidential candidate is being LOVED by the whole world and YET, McCain can use this to say that Obama has no experience in world politics...THE FUNNY THING is that some are SO IGNORANT that they can´t see BOTH McCain and BUSH jumping onto the Obama way of dealing with world, world leaders and worldly situations...the world is agreeing with OBAMA PEOPLE...of course those trees are in your line of vision YET AGAIN....just can´t see the forest can you???
McCain these past weeks has run a NON campaign of unreasonable attacks on NOTHING....."AIR ATTACTS" with no substance or TRUTH....and yet there are those who listen and believe the HYPE and LIES..... WHY????
NOW PEOPLE, if McCain will lie and make up stuff right before your very EYES as a candidate...what will he do once he is the POTUS???? Will he become HONEST JOHN or will he be 10 times WORSE than the idiot you people voted for TWICE????

Posted by: Greg | July 30, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Sometimes I am befuddled....

we asked for a decent person to come along to bring changes to a broken and corrupted political system. One who would focus on unifying our parties to work together in the interest of the American people. We wanted someone who would enhance the American spirit and presence abroad in a positive and beneficial way... so along comes this man Obama who is demonstrating many of the qualities we desired.... and now we are saying, he's too Presumptuous, too pompous, too this or that...

come on people... make up your minds... you either want changes or you want to stay on our present course... but you can't have it both ways.

Posted by: nerakami | July 30, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

what a double standards. if he were 100% white, no body would be calling an intelligent man running for prez arrogant. If Obama ia arrogant for being a confident man, then McCain is incompetent for being a marginal white man.

Posted by: Dumb McCain | July 30, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Folks, you now have the picture...There is no need to go out to vote. Senator Obama has already held his own coronation. We now have King Obama who thinks he is God's gift to the world. Forget the fact that he is not at all qualified to be President. I hope the American voter will let him know that we don't want a king or a Tsar...we want an experienced president who is not wrapped up in his own ego.

Posted by: louise | July 30, 2008 7:44 AM | Report abuse

I see McJealous and his little band of green-eyed monsters like to read about Sen. Obama too.

Isn't it interesting that oil prices dropped AFTER Sen. Obama's mtg with King Abdullah.

And in one of Sen. Obama's overseas interviews, he said that the love affair usually stops when you take office.

My advice? Grow-up. He's not trying to take your daddy's place. He's running for president.

Posted by: Jeanie | July 30, 2008 2:06 AM | Report abuse

If Obama were white, we wouldn't be mentioning his name. If GW hadn't set the bar so low, no one would think Obama qualified. But, barring something unforeseen, it does appear that he will be our next President. It'll be interesting to see how long this love affair lasts when the man actually has to actually do something other than utter the words "Change". What happens when a biracial man becomes "the man"? The "man" has to make decisions, not just listen intently. The "man" has to make choices based on what he believes - what if the only thing Barack believes in is himself? What happens when he becomes the top law enforcement official? Cops protect other cops. Reverend Wright was right. I hope he does come after Obama.

Posted by: David | July 30, 2008 12:57 AM | Report abuse

It is good to see the dems uniting.Ther may be a few outliars who would never vote for Obama even if he were the only person running for President from both parties!They may have "colorful"reasons to explain their vote.But the majority believes in coming together for solving our problems.That is what makes the country and its people great.

Posted by: Urojen | July 29, 2008 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Good article, I wondered what went on in there today, now I know. I am glad the dems are all on the same page and admiring one another - supporting Obama fully.

Reading some of the comments, I wonder if the registered voters that are being purged in certain states has anything to do with the unbelievable ratio in the 'polls". I hope someone is on top of rectifying those criminal acts and can reinstall the registrations. I remember they were purging in the primaries for Clinton to help her steal the win - the states were Ohio and PA and Indiana. I know Texas had problems too, even California had to process some 'hidden ballots' after the fact.

I hope this election is different. Seems when Bushes, McCains and Clintons get to compete in an election, really bad things happen in polls and voting machines.

Posted by: `Cecilia | July 29, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

The simple fact is the only difference between OBAMA the greatest president and NO OBAMA is the color of their skin.

If Obama were white, he would be walking on water already.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 29, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Gee TK, not sure where to start. Hillary's name will be put into nomination, and her votes will be counted. That's pretty much the dictate of party rules. Before you go sounding off, you should do a better job of informing yourself

On the other hand, your post wasn't entirely rational. It didn't seem to flow particularly well. Took odd turns off logic, don't you know.

Like Miranda said, maybe you should take your meds -- or maybe have their doses adjusted.


Posted by: doccomment | July 29, 2008 10:36 PM | Report abuse

TK, please, stop with your hate filled slander and lies.

Obama has better judgement than McCain. He was smart enough to know Iraq was not a threat to American security. He's smart enough to know Iraq is not a war it is an occupation and you can't "win".

Obama is better informed than McCain. He knows the difference between Sunni and Shia.

Obama has better diplomatic skills than McCain. He can rally the world in this Global War on Terror in ways neither Bush nor McCain could ever conceive. McCain is the last person I want with a finger on the nuclear trigger.

Obama isn't corrupted by the system. He's an honest broker. That's why so many people want him as their president.

You don't have to vote for him, TK. It won't matter either way, because Obama has support from people in this country that don't answer to your bias polling data. He will win the election and serve as a great president. This much is obvious to many people. TK, you keep holding on to your bitterness. The rest of the world is ready to move on.

Posted by: Squirtapotamus | July 29, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

To TK: Imagine me sighing as I begin....

The caucus system was in place when the race began. All of the candidates agreed to the rules, which included the caucuses.

Perhaps the election rules need to be changed, but you can't do that after the contest has begun, even if your name is Clinton. No matter how hard you try. Even if your name is Clinton. No matter how much you whine and cry. Even if your name is Clinton.

Get over yourself, TK. This is getting boring.

Posted by: Susan | July 29, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Reading some of your comments show how witty you can be on a moments notice. The bad news is that you blow-off your concerns in little notes back and forth while the MSM is forming public opinion around a bunch of lies about Barack Obama. Just heard and saw Lou Dobbs reason that Barack is the cause of high gas prices,that Barack Obama is also the one going negative because he is against more drilling and that the lifting of the executive ban on offshore drilling is the reason gas prices are falling. How unintelligent and offensive can you get on television and not have the FCC step in to review your liscenes?

Drilling will not solve our problems long term, mainly because our refineries operate at 80-90% capacity and without a new plant the price of oil will not go down just because you have additional supply. It will prevent us from having to purchase from overseas. The price will also stay up because the cost to develop a new field will be done on today's economics.

We must as citizens of this country continue to speak out intelligently and not just with wit and no action. The election is being stollen as we read these exchanges. We can start by spurring Obama to respond with the truth to these adverstisements that are being aired to mislead the American People.

One final note, we have a sitting Senator that is indicted and Lou Dobbs spent all of 30-60 seconds on that topic before launching into a one sided attack on Barack.

There seems only to be one impartial network station that provides a more balanced approach and that is MSNBC. Who knows how much longer they can hold out with the mounting corporate pressure to deliver John McCain. Plus the Olympics are coming which will compete for the publics eye and the medium.

Please become more involved and active in pushing back the lies that are becoming more prevalent. I think we should have a fair exchange of ideas and may the best idea win. Listening and partially watching the number one issue on CNN earlier today, I heard someone called Sanchez note that the American public will not understand a simple concept dealing why oil prices are high which I found offensive and off point. The American public is educated and able to understand much more than we are given credit.

Go to work on pushing for more fair reporting and the elimination of negative campaigning. Barack is doing his part are we? If he is doing his part then we can not blame him if we do not win or do our part.

Posted by: cbates | July 29, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Just take your meds and go to sleep...

Posted by: Miranda | July 29, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

she gives me hate, hate, hate, hate, crazy hate

she gives me hate, hate, hate, hate, crazy hate

she gives me hate, hate, hate, hate, crazy hate

Posted by: Anonymous | July 29, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Could the writers of this silly article shill any harder for Obama? In spite of the ever adoring lapdog media following his every move, Obama has had NO bounce in the polls. In fact, Obama should be 20 points ahead of McCain at this point.

Obama is unqualified and unelectable.

No amount of 24/7 media promotion is EVER going to change that fact.

The Dems can fix this unfortunate situation at the ACTUAL DNC convention in Denver next month when the ACTUAL vote is cast for the ACTUAL nominee of the Dem party. Until then, Obama is simply the arrogant, presumptive nominee. Since neither Hillary or Obama earned enough delegates to secure the nomination, the superdelegates will decide this nomination. The superdelegates may vote for whomever they want. Their job is to select the most electable candidate for November. That candidate is and shall remain, Hillary Clinton. If the Dems are wise they throw Obama under the already crowded bus filled with his nasty pals.

The DNC MUST allow BOTH names to be placed in nomination, allow speeches by and for BOTH, allow votes to be cast and gasp, yes, COUNT ALL THE VOTES! It's the ONLY democratic way handle this situation. It's the way the Democrats used to do it.

IN 1932, FDR came into the DNC convention 90 delegates short of the needed number and he won on the 4th ballot! Isn't that great? Imagine if FDR had been "locked out" of the convention.


DEms, do you want to win? Obama can't and HIllary can. Hillary has already won the popular vote and won ALL the states that are the MUST wins for the Dems in November. Hillary can beat McCain and Obama can't. It's that simple.

In my home state of OHio, Obama outspent Hillary 4 to 1 in the primary on March 4th, and yet Obama won only 5 out of 88 counties in Ohio (and not by much). Obama cannot win Ohio or any of the must win states. The Dem base wants Hillary to be the nominee. Obama is being shoved down our throats and WE SAY NOBAMA! The silly caucus "wins" of Obama should not carry the same weight as the large primary states that Hillary won by large margins. The Democratic party MUST be held accountable for this travesty. The DNC cannot be in the business of disenfranchising voters along with Obama. It's an unacceptable disgrace.

The voter fraud in the caucus system has been rampant by the Obama campaign. Rampant. The DNC should be ashamed.

Reminder to Donna Brazile, you promised on CNN in Feb 08 that you would leave the Democratic party if the superdelegates decided this nomination, may we help you pack your bags??????

Superdelegates for sale? Those who support Obama received money from him by 43% to only 11% for Hillary. Follow the money trail and you may not like what you find.

It's Hillary or McCain. Country first and party second.

Posted by: TK | July 29, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Add Nevada and Pennsylvania and Ohio into the Clinton vote fraud category, along with NY and NH.

Google: vote fraud obama clinton

You won't like what you find.

And, of course, the Republicans will play the same game in November.

The Republicans and the Clintons: nasty, vicious people.

That's OK though: Obama beat the Clintons, the Republicans won't be more difficult to defeat. But they are crafting at stealing, and they've been doing it sooooo long.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 29, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

February 19, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg charged yesterday that "fraud" was behind the unofficial results in the New York Democratic presidential primary that produced zero votes for Barack Obama in some districts.

"If you want to call it significant undercounting, I guess that's a euphemism for fraud," said the mayor.

Unofficial tallies on election night gave Obama no votes in 78 out of more than 6,000 election districts.


Can you say vote fraud!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 29, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

No hard feelings between Obama and Congressional Dems. Let's see if that translates to Hillary's fading base.

Posted by: matt | July 29, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

I can think of a reason why McCain is polling well: most pollsters are Republican, and they want to give their base a reason to believe and their candidate an opportunity to raise money. No one wants to pony up for a losing horse.

Then again, polls are meaningless. Voting is, if not meaningless, then certainly not the final word. He who counts the votes wins. Looks at Ohio. And New Hampshire.

Do you really think that the primary polls in NH were that wrong?

Rasmussen had Obama winning by 7%

But Clinton ended up winning by 2%

And it wasn't a racism thing, because Obama did very well in Vermont, Oregon, Wisconsin, etc.

It was a vote count fraud thing.

Just like Billy Shaheen putting dirt around about Obama was a gutter thing, the Clinton people decided to do whatever it took to 'win' the primary. And the Republicans will be no less dirty. After all, their calling card is to lie, cheat and steal- it's the Republican way.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 29, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

I can smell it already ... A Democratic Victory, from the White house all the way down to My House ...

Democrats '08

Posted by: John Doe | July 29, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

After 8 years of Bush I cannot think of any reason why McCain should even be polling as close to BO. The only reason I can attribute this to is, Barack Obama is black.It will be very disappointing if next year we have another republican in office with the same old stupid policies we have been under for these 8 years. Independent better wake up and realize where this country is heading if they dont vote democrat. Get over your stereotypes of black people and vote Barack. If this is not enough for you just remember he is half white. RACISTS!

Posted by: Kobe | July 29, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse



Animosity! The Cry of the Wounded Loser! :-(


The Dingleberries of Politics! ;~)

Posted by: RAT-The | July 29, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Rat the, you have lost your mojo. Like a verry bad Poconos dive hotel bad. You smuckh.

Posted by: pubichaironmycokecan | July 29, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

thank goodness they did not even mention HRC, whom is out grubbing for money somewhere (just in case her supporters start flooding this thread with.... where's HRC? wah wah wah

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | July 29, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Republicans have us at war in two countries as a result of Republican lies and deceptions, and we might be in two more wars--Iran and Pakistan--by November. We have alienated the entire Muslim world and most of the rest.

The dollar has lost 60% of its value against the euro, and the once mighty dollar is losing its reserve currency role.

The Republicans' policies have driven up the price of both oil and gold by 400%.

Inflation is in double digits. Employment is falling.

The Republican economy in the 21st century has been unable to create net new jobs for Americans except for low wage domestic services such as waitresses, bartenders, retail clerks and hospital orderlies.

Republican deregulation brought about fraud in mortgage lending and dangerous financial instruments which have collapsed the housing market, leaving a million or more homeowners facing foreclosure. The financial system is in disarray and might collapse from insolvency.

The trade and budget deficits have exploded. The US trade deficit is larger than the combined trade deficits of every deficit country in the world.

The US can no longer finance its wars or its own government and relies on foreign loans to function day to day. To pay for its consumption, the US sells its existing assets--companies, real estate, toll roads, whatever it can offer--to foreigners.

Republicans have run roughshod over the US Constitution, Congress, the courts and civil liberties. Republicans have made it perfectly clear that they believe that our civil liberties make us unsafe--precisely the opposite view of our Founding Fathers. Yet, Republicans regard themselves as the Patriotic Party.

The Republicans have violated the Nuremberg prohibitions against war crimes, and they have violated the Geneva Conventions against torture and abuse of prisoners. Republican disregard for human rights ranks with that of history's great tyrants.

The Republicans have put in place the foundation for a police state, which they have no problem using against fellow citizens!

We must get the Republicans totally out of power, or we will have no country left for any of us!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 29, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse


Back from his "Sell-Outs" Over-Seas,

Barry HUSSEIN O'Flip-Floppa Continues with his:

"I'm, a Magical Mystery" Tour!

Watch for his Tour Bus!

I mean REALLY! :-(

Watch OUT for THAT Bus! ;~)

Posted by: RAT-The | July 29, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

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