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Obama to Prince George's

Rosalind Helderman

Maryland primary voters may not weigh in on presidential nominees until after New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina, but Democratic hopeful Barack Obama is nevertheless planning a major Maryland rally.

The Illinois Senator will be in the Prince George's as part of his Countdown to Change rally series on Oct. 10, said Orlan Johnson, a county attorney who sits on Obama's national finance committee.

The rally will take place at 5:30 p.m. at Prince George's Community College. It will be followed by a cocktail reception for donors at the college chaired by Johnson, U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) and Atty. Gen. Douglas F. Gansler (D).

According to a flyer for the event, residents can "co-host" the event for $10,000, attend a VIP reception with a photograph for $2,300 or go to a coctail reception with a discussion for $1,000.

Among the party's hosts are once and future county Prince George's county executive candidate, former Del. Rushern Baker, lobbyist (and former top county executive staffer) Derrick Green and Del. Jay Walker (D).

Orlan Johnson said as many as 5,000 might attend the campus rally and he hopes the fundraiser will collect several hundred thousand dollars for Obama's attempt to win the presidential nomination. Johnson noted enthusiasm for Obama, who if elected would be the nation's first African American president, has been high in Prince George's, the nation's wealthiest majority black jurisdiction. He said about 40 county residents attended a recent fundraiser for Obama at Oprah Winfrey's home in California.

"A lot of students and a lot of groups have been calling the campaign," he said. "A lot of people have been clamoring to see him. When you're not an early state, it's a bonus to get him here. To have him in Prince George's County is a huge honor for us."

By Rosalind Helderman  |  September 24, 2007; 1:24 PM ET
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With so many demands on Senator Obama's schedule, his appearance here at such a critical time shows how important Prince George's County is on the national political scene.

As probably the next President of the United States, Senator Obama recognizes that the weight of the county's electorate can determine the state's delegate allotment at the Democratic National Convention.

Finally, something good for us.

Posted by: PG'er | September 24, 2007 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Obama would probably make a good president. But Bush Jr. and Rover have created such a a polarization in America that makes an improbable Obama victory, nearly possible. His running is good for the Dems and U.S. politics in general, after Repubs have essentially segmented the country into Civil War-esque Blue/Red state boundaries. That said, moderate-conservative America isn't Europe. As the reactionary Republicans at FOX News have already discovered, "Obama" rhymes with "Osama." Obama also has "Hussein" in his name. For any independent thinker, these things mean nothing. But in the more conservative Red/Battleground states, it would probably be enough to ensure a loss in the general election. America will definitely have a female president before a minority president. Then again, change takes time. Some Southern Republicans are finally figuring out that the Civil War is over. I suspect that Hillary will win the Dem nomination. As it is, she'll probably select a more conservative Southern/Midwestern white male to diffuse the notion that she's a "Yankee liberal." She's not, but that won't stop reactionaries like Karl Rove from claiming it. The Republican party has become as crooked as a dog's hind leg.

Posted by: BlueDog | September 24, 2007 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Don't be so narrow-minded, BlueDog. There's plenty of other things about Obama that turns us hick folks off besides his race and his name. We're also turned off by the fact that he has little to no experience in the Senate which qualifies him in what way to be President? Or the fact that he makes idiotic comments such as "I would bomb Pakistan" or "I would offer concessions to Iran". Then there's his offensive comments to John Howard, Prime Minister of Australia, one of our biggest allies.

Maybe Obama is his own worst enemy for implying that he'll bomb Pakistan and Musharraf, while continuing to 'dis Australia and our allies but he'll sit around a table smoking a hookah pipe with Iran's Ahmadinejad. And you think hick (I mean Red) states are the supid ones?

Posted by: RedDog | September 25, 2007 1:13 PM | Report abuse

BlueDog, don't be so narrow-minded. How many "Red" counties in Maryland did Michael Steele win? There's plenty of other reasons for conservative white males to dislike Obama other than race or simply his name. Maybe he's his own worst enemy by uttering idiotic comments such as "I would bomb Pakistan" or "I would give concessions to Iran" or by disrespecting John Howard, the PM of Australia, one of our closest allies.

Perhaps images of Obama bombing Musharaff and Pakistan and spitting in the eyes of the rest of our allies while sitting around smoking a hookah with Iran's Ahmadinejad are too much to bear for any clear thinking person.

Posted by: RedDog | September 25, 2007 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Red Dog:

I guess your GOP talking points are so good, you had to post them twice.

Experience? Look at what W and his gang of thieves brought upon us. Rumsfeld & Cheney had all that experience during the Ford/Reagan and Bush 1 years to learn how to make hawks richer and all of us poorer.

Try to work-up some new talking points. These old ones wear thin.

Posted by: PG'er | September 26, 2007 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Nope, my comments didn't show at first and I just figured that the Post edited me out for my hick comments, hence, the double post. No talking points, I just call it like I see it. Conversely, if you form your opinions based on what YOU read about Democratic candidates (especially Obama) in the Post, you probably think that we're electing a new Pope in 2008. Keep on drinking their Kool-aid.

P.S. Obama might make a good President of the ACLU but he'll NEVER be the President of the United States.

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