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Obama's Birthday Wish: Win Virginia...

By Perry Bacon
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio--His daughters gave him a tie and his supporters in Boston offered a Chicago White Sox shirt, but the candidate wanted something else for his 47th birthday.

"I asked Barack what he wanted for his birthday and he said three things: Indiana, Colorado and Virginia," Sen. John Kerry told a crowd of several hundred at a Boston fundraiser on Monday night. "That's it."

Obama spent Monday, his birthday, giving an energy speech in Lansing, then headed to Boston for a fundraiser that raised several million for his campaign before flying here, where he will speak on Tuesday. At the fundraiser on the 33th floor of an office building on State Street near the Boston Harbor, singer Harry Connick Jr, and his 10-year-old daughter Kate sang "Happy Birthday" to the candidate.

With a crowd that not only included Kerry but also 1988 Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis, Obama warned of overconfidence, recalling how he had been upset by Hillary Rodham Clinton in New Hampshire earlier this year after his win in Iowa.

"I think that there is a tendency, particularly for Democrats, to start feeling kind of giddy again .. the poll numbers look pretty good," he said.

He then moved to a recent controversy that illustrated the complexity of the campaign for him.

"You go off on a trip that your opponent has told you you need to take. So you take the trip," he said, referring to his travels to Afghanistan, the Middle East and Europe. "And suddenly, this trip that you were told you had to take, you're acting presumptuous. You're acting like a president already."

On the flight from Boston to Ohio, Obama seemed relaxed as he spoke to reporters for more than 20 minutes. He said his traveling chief of staff, Marvin Nicholson, told him a gift from his campaign staff had been accidentally left in a cab "somewhere in Chicago," and spoke of his coming vacation to Hawaii, where he will see his grandmother for the first time in more than a year.

Obama then went down the aisle row-by-row to deliver pieces of his birthday cake to more than three dozen journalists, declaring "it's full service" on the plane. When a female reporter at first declined, the candidate managed to change her mind.

"No cake? Maureen Dowd will write a story about you," he joked, referring to the New York Times columnist who has often tweaked the candidate. "Don't want to be elitist now."

By Washington Post Editor  |  August 5, 2008; 8:29 AM ET
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Posted by: ламинат | August 13, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

It's so easy to determine the difference between those supporting Obama and those supporting McCain.

Obama supporters are intelligent and analytical, but most of all, show a deep respect for others. Obama supporters also demonstrate American morals that helped shape this country into a great nation. Obama supporters have a higher level of integrity, and a deeper religious belief in God and live by the words of God.

McCain supporters generally present their opinions in a harsh, and threatening manner. McCain supporters are hostile, quarrelsome and bitterly opposed to anyone that does not share their life style and convictions. McCain supporters are morally and religiously void of integrity. Intellectually, McCain supporter's relish opportunities to associate with sleazy and untrustworthy individuals that can continue to feed their hatred, bigoted and small-minded thinking and actions. McCain supporters prefer lies to truth, and are actually afraid of searching for truth only because it may dispense with the hatred that controls their lives.

McCain supporters would prefer for our nation to continue down a path that could destroy it and it's people.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 5, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

*Correction. He was born in Honolulu, but currently resides in Chicago.

Posted by: Reed | August 5, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Actually, Wiel, Obama's hometown is Chicago. Get your facts straight before trying to bash him?

Posted by: reed | August 5, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Obama has my vote. Juan McSame is the perfect example of what is wrong with the Republican party. It does not resemble the party of Reagan in any way. It went from 'tear down this wall' to bending over for the Exxon and making cute little commercials with Britney Spears.

No class. No new ideas. No votes.

I left the GOP in 2007 and HAVE NOT LOOKED BACK.

Another Conservative for Obama '08.

Posted by: GIJon | August 5, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

At this rate B. Hussein better be asking for PA, Ohio and Florida...

Did anyone tell him that he can't take the states in which he LOST the primaries - BIG - for granted? The "bitter" voters have not forgotten.

Posted by: Pennsylvanian | August 5, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Both Obama and Al Franken unveiled new ads today tying their opponents to Bush: http://campaigndiaries.com/2008/08/05/the-democrats-ultimate-trump-card

Posted by: Dan | August 5, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Si, cue puedo. Feliz cumpleaños Presidente Obama. América hablará español pronto.

Posted by: Hector | August 5, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Lisa Mason (2nd comment) said it all! Thank you for your insight!

Posted by: Dee | August 5, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Happy Birthday, Barack!

Add Pennsylvania to your birthday list as well - we will deliver it to you with a big blue bow.

Posted by: Susan | August 5, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

I live in Virginia and I believe we will go for Obama in 08! Not just Democrats like me but republicans, independants, many military folks and anyone who has half a brain and is not in the upper 1% of the most wealthiest people in our nation. The damage done to this country from the policies of the Republican party, tax cuts for the rich, the unprovoked war in Iraq and the hundreds of billions of dollars still being spent there, soaring deficeits, lack of regulations on the banking/mortgage companies and wall street, resulting in the economic crisis we find ourselves in and of course last but not least, the energy policies of Cheney/Bush that was led by input from Enron and Exxon Mobil and that until recently gave tax incentives for buying hummers and oversized SUV's. The latest slap in the face to our returning veterans for the John McCain and his fellow Republicans voting AGAINST the GI bill that was written by our D-Senator Jim Webb and supported by Barack Obama.

This country is long overdue for massive change.

Posted by: Lisa Mason | August 5, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Wow. Spending your birthday jetting around the nation. Why I did not think of that? How about spending a quiet day with your children and wife? How about taking a day off from work too? I know your beloved advisers already planed the day for you months ahead. Well, it is too bad!
Wow, using your birthday to stage an elaborate fundraiser in Boston, your hometown (!?). Why I did not think of that? It was the record breaking fundraiser with 850 people attending. Wow, that's the way to celebrate the birthday. Why I did not think of that?

Posted by: Wiel | August 5, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Overconifidence????? Obama is sucking in the polls. I would think overconfidence would be the furthest thing from his mind. Let's get Hillary back and oust this flip/flopping rookie. He has zero substance and no idea how to solve the many problems facing this country.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 5, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

While this article appeared under the heading of The Washington Post, it is apparent that the writer is not familiar with the Washington DC area in view of the title of this article. There is no doubt that Obama will win Virginia. The same people who put Senator Webb in office will be the ones who will give Obama the presidency. And they were not only Democrats. They were former Republicans and independents. Why should anyone doubt that????

Posted by: formerrepublican | August 5, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Grace W, tell us why he is no longer appealing to you (He used to be, you said). This is the kind of education voters need. The news media will not do it but maybe you can.

Posted by: John Paul Telhomme | August 5, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

So you can't listen to Obama? Gee, I (and millions of others) feel the same way about Chimpie...er, Bush and his clone, McLame.

Posted by: gObama | August 5, 2008 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Grace said :"I used to listen to everything he said, trying to figure out this narcisstic individual"
Obviously you don't have an open mind about this .. plus don't use big words like "narcisstic" if you don't know how to spell them. :-)

Posted by: Jan E | August 5, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Obama was unappealing in Iowa. Each day, each campaign speech, everything he says keeps getting more and more unappealing every day. I used to listen to everything he said, trying to figure out this narcisstic individual, but now, he turns me off, so I turn him off. gw.

Posted by: Grace | August 5, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

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