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Obama, Gearing Up for the Convention, Talks to Clintons

By Anne E. Kornblut
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. -- For the first time in weeks, Sen. Barack Obama approached the traveling press corps to make remarks -- although he walked away without taking questions.

"I'm very excited about the convention," Obama said on the tarmac here before boarding his campaign plane to fly back to Chicago. He said he is still retooling his convention speech, to be delivered on Thursday night, but that he had seen the video of his wife, Michelle, that will air on Monday night before she gives her own address.

Obama said his speech "may not be as good as the other headliners the first three nights, but hopefully it will make clear the choice the American people will face in November." He also praised Sen. Joe Biden, his newly selected vice presidential running mate, calling him "the right man for the job."

Obama is operating on a more human scale as he prepares to head into the outsize convention in Denver, where he will address a crowd of tens of thousands of people with a sky camera floating overhead. To that end, he flew to this swing state on Sunday morning, attended church and spoke to a small group of supporters at an outdoor picnic site. He is scheduled to visit Iowa and Montana as he winds his way toward Colorado. On the way out of the convention, Obama and Biden will travel together for the first time, and are expected to hit more battleground states in the midwest.

And, with the merger of Clinton and Obama supporters in Denver looming , aides made sure reporters knew about two phone calls that took place last week: between Obama and former president Bill Clinton and Sen. Hillary Clinton. Obama called the former president from his campaign swing in Virginia last Thursday, the same day he called Biden to offer him the job; an aide said Obama did not tell Clinton about the pick. Instead, the two had a lengthy, substantive discussion of issues, the aide said. It was their third conversation since the end of the primaries.

Obama called Sen. Clinton the following day, presumably to tell her about the Biden choice, although the contents of the conversation were not disclosed.

By Paul Volpe  |  August 24, 2008; 4:54 PM ET
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ANTI-CONSUMER BANKRUPTCY LAW.
PRO- CREDIT CARD INDUSTRY LAWS.
"POSSE COMITATUS" OVERTURN.
ANITA HILL STEAMROLL.

When will political reporters start asking some serious questions about this ticket?
Please start doing your homework, Ms. K.

Posted by: Outside the Box | August 25, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Can you believe how little the Republicans have been able to trash the Dems since Biden became VP.

Now imagine what the Republicans would have been saying or screening about if Hillary was VP:

1. Clinton donors to the Clinton library must be released
2. Will Monica Lewinsky be returning to the White House?
3 Whatever happened to Bosnia fire?
4. "I never made love to that woman…"
5. Hillary file gate?
6. The recent Clinton- Edwards affairs and the list goes on. Do Dems really wanted this kind of distraction?

Great Hillary can sit on the Supreme Court and implement Obama-Biden policies. So, let all Dems 'wise up."

Prediction: If Obama loses this election, it will take another 15 years before any Democratic nominee will ever have a chance!

Posted by: fafa | August 25, 2008 4:28 AM | Report abuse

Oh WOw. SO the mighty Nobama finally deigns to give a call to Pres CLinton, eh? Pray tell why. DId he call to say he (Nobama) was wrong to compare Clinton to Nixon? Or did he call to say he still admires Reagan's supply side economics?

Does n't matter. With Joey "Anita Hill" Bidos on the ticket now, HRC supporters are freed of shackles to vote party lines, and the results are already in, and for the first time this yr, Mac is tied with Nobama in the polls (CNN today).

SOme VP pick bounce, eh? Yesterday, the polls showed +4 for Nobama. If Bidos can swing 4 pts in a day, think what he can do in 2 more months.

Posted by: intcamd1 | August 24, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse

McCain/Romney 08 - How can a combined 15 mansions and net worth of a half a billion dollars be elitist?


McCain '08 - Brought to you by his sponsors at Exxon and Chevron


McCain '08 - no place for whiners about this great Bush economy of ours


McCain - proud to have taken the lobbyists out of Washington. (He (McCain) doesn't show up for votes and they (lobbyists) are all working for his campaign.)


McCain/Romney 08 - Changing their minds on issues depending on the audience since 2004


McCain/Romney 08 - At least we aren't black. Not even a little bit. I mean we are tooooootally pasty white. Have you seen Mitt dance?


McCain/Huckabee - Never Had, Never Will!
We're too Homophobic to be Gay!


McCain/Giuliani 08 - 5 marriages, 9/11, POW, Maverick, 9/11, POW ... I SAID 9/11 AND POW!! Are you freaking listening? ... Maverick


McCain/Pawlenty 08 - Abortion causes cancer! Don't vote for the cancer lovers!


McCain/Jindal 08 - Because we have dark folks in our party too! See!


McCain/Powell 08 - See above


McCain/Petraus 08 - Platonic man love at it's creepiest


HERE'S SOME "STRAIGHT-TALK"...MY FRIENDS!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N38Ug_ugzXs&feature=related
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Posted by: ExxonMcCain | August 24, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

I don't know if the Clintons really know what they set-up for themselves. They must walk a straight line for us and the world and not vary. That line is "Obama Must Win the Presidency". For two nights it must be "all praises to Obama". Anything else and there are negative implications for their legacy and their future.

The roll call vote was a big mistake. What delegate in their right mind is going to not support the Nominee and vote for the loser? Everyone wants to be with the power, on the winning side. Every delegate wants the President of the US to have a favorable opinion of them. After all, they are going to need things in their city, town, or state. Every delegate, especially those who didn't initially support him, will want to make sure he knows they are fully on board now, and did not support Hillary in her foolish roll-call vote. No one with an once of sense, would want their name on that roll call vote, recorded and retrievable for history.

Hillary was selfish and inconsiderate to put her supporters in this position. Now they must choose between being on the winning side and having influence with the new President, or being loyal to her, risk not gaining influence with the new President, risk support for the needs of constituents back home, and being forever recorded in history for doing so. The Clintons are going to be surprised at the roll call vote. It will be embarrassing.

Most Hillary supporters have already come over to the Obama campaign. The rest are republicans under the guise of Hillary supporters who are there to disrupt the convention, and the few remaining may be die hard Hillary people.

The Clintons,again, did not think this through.

Posted by: Ethel | August 24, 2008 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Grandpa McMansions. That's genius.

Posted by: Titz | August 24, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

They have already answered that. They considered it but Hillary said if she was not the pick don't ask for anything or do any vetting. In other words, don't ask for anything and not pick her because it would be wondered why she was not picked. She felt it is better off not being considered then passed over for someone else. She in effect took herself out of the running. This has been discussed by Kennedy. I can see Hillary's point.

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Will The One ever answer whether He seriously considered Hillary for the VP spot?

Posted by: JakeD | August 24, 2008 5:51 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 24, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

I think you have moved a few words around, when did he say that?

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Fairfax Voter:

Perhaps you missed OBAMA claiming he is the one we've been waiting for?

P.S. -- I have already stated I would vote for McCain-Romney. I wouldn't be surprised if he picked a woman for his VP though.

Posted by: JakeD | August 24, 2008 6:16 PM

Posted by: Joe Friday | August 24, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Bruce Springsteen - Radio Nowhere

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmLt6kcZ72Q

Change we can believe in!

Obama/Biden 08

Posted by: Tongassberry | August 24, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Why all the concern for the Clintons? They lost! Now quit giving them press and stroking their inflated egos. If they were supporting their party they would throw themselves wholeheartedly into working for the Democratic ticket instead of pouting like a child whose candy was stolen. I am so tired of them and don't want to deal with them now, NOR IN THE FUTURE!

Posted by: LaDonna in WV | August 24, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if The One told Bill Clinton "I don't think you are a racist"?

Posted by: JakeD | August 24, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

McCain has released a flurry of hastily produced ads following the announcement of Joe Biden as Barack Obama's running mate. The ads feature Democrats, including Biden saying uncomplimentary things about Obama. But mostly they feature the desperation of McCain as he grasps for something with which to prop up his pathetic campaign. The latest ad closes with the tag line, "The Truth Hurts." McCain is precisely correct about that, though not in the way he imagines. There are some serious problems with this advertising strategy that will shortly become evident.


What's more, McCain is just as vulnerable to such attack ads featuring Republicans disparaging him and his policies. In fact he is more vulnerable, because there are many instances of Republicans bashing McCain throughout the years who were not political opponents. This video presents just a few examples.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cb0osbXJwIw


McCain's problems don't lie just in what fellow Republicans say about him. McCain's vulnerability also extends to the many ill-tempered rants he has directed at his colleagues. For instance:

http://www.newscorpse.com/ncWP/?p=942


The media, as usual, is continuing to donate airtime to McCain's propaganda. The recent ads were announced by the campaign, but they have never purchased air time to broadcast them. The thinly disguised intent here is simply to get the press to contribute free air time to McCain. And the press is complying like the little zombie poodles that they are. Therefore, as usual, it will be up to the blogosphere to enlighten the voting population. So keep spreading the word.

Posted by: Candy McCane | August 24, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

This is really exciting. I bet everyone is going to be checking out both Hillays and Bill's speech. What a line up for Democrats at the convention like a great baseball team making a run for the championship!

Posted by: Ty | August 24, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Fairfax Voter:

Perhaps you missed OBAMA claiming he is the one we've been waiting for?

P.S. -- I have already stated I would vote for McCain-Romney. I wouldn't be surprised if he picked a woman for his VP though.

Posted by: JakeD | August 24, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Here's a gem of a video clip from the archives. During the January 30 GOP debate at the Reagan Library, Janet Hook of the LA Times asked John McBush why he was more qualified than Mitt Romney to manage the economy. In response, McBush managed to:


+ Say nothing about the economy

+ Say he was more patriotic than Mitt Romney

+ Cite his experience as a POW...again

+ Argue that "radical Islamic extremism" is a more important issue

+ Criticize a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq

+ Did I mention, say nothing about the economy?


It's truly a hall-of-fame moment in the annals of chronic John McBush dodgery.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BT6h0Ni-pxA
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Posted by: DHinMI | August 24, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Will The One ever answer whether He seriously considered Hillary for the VP spot?

Posted by: JakeD | August 24, 2008 5:51 PM

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You should really concern yourself if John Mc10houses chooses Mitt-Lets-Marry-Your-12-Year old-Daughter Romney

Posted by: McCainisdemented | August 24, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Will The One ever answer whether He seriously considered Hillary for the VP spot?

Posted by: JakeD | August 24, 2008 5:51 PM

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You should really concern yourself if John Mc10houses chooses Mitt-Lets-Marry-Your-12-Year old-Daughter Romney

Posted by: JakeA | August 24, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

The RepubliTroll speaks:

Will The One ever answer whether He seriously considered Hillary for the VP spot?

Posted by: JakeD | August 24, 2008 5:51 PM

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You know, The Matrix was a hit movie quite a few years ago--literally, since it's a 1999 movie, not in this century. Doesn't this "The One" Keanu Reeves joke feel just an itsy bitsy dated? I'm sure it was fun around the campaign office late at night when everyone got punchy, but as a national attack ad on behalf of a candidate who's still seeking to master use of the Internet, I'm wondering if it emphasizes just who is ready for today's challenges as opposed to who thinks the 1990s count as "present day."

What's next, jokes based on the 1997 movie Titanic ("I'm the king of the world", comparing Obama with Leonard deCaprio)? Don't tell me, they're about to roll those out! I suppose the "Happy Days" and "Mary Tyler Moore" based ads will come next, as they wheel in the heavy artillery with dated sitcom ads.

I can see why McCain is scared to compete on the actual issues (he'll lose) but this is a bit threadbare.

Posted by: Fairfax Voter | August 24, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Will The One ever answer whether He seriously considered Hillary for the VP spot?

Posted by: JakeD | August 24, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

See ya at the convention everyone!...wait a minute, I think I left my huge foam finger in house #5, but it could have been house #7 since that's the last one I bought. . . what's that? I bought 10 houses? Damn. I guess I'll have to check with my staff and get back to you.
I Hate It When That Happens!


I am so hoping that Grandpa McMansions picks Plastic Mitt as his running-mate.

The ads have already written themselves..."my friends":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HV5UWGS4Pkw

Posted by: ace mcfunkenstein | August 24, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

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