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Obama in Oregon says “all of you have to be nice to Clinton supporters.”


WASHINGTON--Almost Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) headlines a big rally in Portland on Sunday night. Oregon and Kentucky vote Tuesday. At a Portland fund-raiser on Saturday evening, Obama talked about Democratic unity. “That means all of you have to be nice to Clinton supporters," Obama said.

Pool report by Matthew Mosk, Washington Post

EVENT: Barack Obama Fundraiser in Portland


From: Matthew A Mosk
Subject: Pool report on Portland Fundraiser, invite attached

Pool Report – Portland Fundraiser

Barack Obama held an evening fundraiser at the University Club of Portland, offering an olive branch to Sen. Hillary Clinton, and making some strong statements about the recent scrap with President Bush and Sen. John McCain over foreign policy. More on those remarks to follow below.

About 300 guests gathered in a large, wood-paneled club room, with open bar, a few cookies and pastries, and small silver bowls of pretzels. The front of the room, near the riser, was jammed elbow to elbow. In the back, several small children scampered around. While guests mingled upstairs, Obama spent about 30 minutes downstairs posing for photographs at a private reception. Price list is as follows:

Event Chairs: Raise $10,000

Host Committee: Raise $5,000

Private Reception: $2,300 per person

General Reception: $1,000 per person

Rough estimate is that the event brought in about $350,000.

Michelle Obama introduced her husband, expressing surprise at the position 15 months of campaigning has now put them in. “So here we are,” she said. “Probably not where we were supposed to be, ever. No one put their money on Barack Obama.”

At which point, a woman in the crowd shouted, “I did!”

“And look what you’ve done,” Michelle Obama smiled.

Sen. Obama was warmly received, and appeared at ease as he spoke from a lecturn. He singled out for greetings former Oregon Gov. Barbara K. Roberts, the state’s first woman governor, who served from 1991 to 1995, Hall of Fame basketball coach and player Leonard Randolph "Lenny" Wilkens, Air Force Gen. Tony McPeak, and the state’s treasurer and secretary of state.

After touching on the main points of his stump speech, he raised the scrape over appeasement with President Bush and McCain. “They though they had a good thing going,” he said, referring to what he has called their attacks on his foreign policy approach. “Now they’re, sort of, trying to figure out what happened. I mean, we went right back at ‘em. And we’ll keep going right back at ‘em.”

Obama predicted a victory in Oregon, and said he believed the resulting delegate haul would “put us over the top.”

“We will be able to say we have won a majority,” he said. “But we have a lot of work to do ahead of us.”

He said to win in November would require a unified Democratic Party, adding: “That means all of you have to be nice to Clinton supporters.”

Not everyone in attendance was firmly sold on Obama. Christine Cha, 41, a radiation oncologist at the Oregon Clinic, said her husband was solidly with Obama, but she continued to relate to Clinton. She said she appreciates “how hard it is for a woman to try and break the ultimate glass ceiling.” She didn’t mind the tough primary, saying “I think the process is very important. It’s good she’s giving him a real run for it so he is tested now.”

On the other hand, there were many who said they had fallen for the senator, including Jeff and Annie Strain, both in their late 30s, who drove more than three hours from Seattle to attend the event.

And there was Julia Brim-Edwards, 46, who became a Republican in 1979 and worked on Capitol Hill for Republicans including former Sen. Bob Packwood of Oregon. She ran her husband’s campaign for state treasurer (he’s Randall Edwards, a Democrat), and said he won the primary by only a few hundred votes. She had not changed parties to help him. But in April, she says she switched parties for Obama. “He will fundamentally change the country,” she said. “He’s very unique.”


Ms. Sweet, where's the story about today's rally in Portland drawing SEVENTY-FIVE-THOUSAND people? It was an amazing sea of people and Obama even started out with "Wow!"

I was there today. It was amazing.

"Over the top?" Hey, why don't we just cancel the convention? Who needs a party when you've got a movement? Misson accomplished! Sweetie...

Over at that 'other paper' Julie Keller wrote a brilliant analysis (she's a cultural critic doncha know) of how the misogyny that helped Obama rise is now taking him down PRECISELY when we need him to stay afloat is he's the be the 'one'--personally I think it had better be Hillary/Obama for 8 years and then Obama/(whomever) for 8 more.
(Don't hurt me gobamas!),0,6987182.column

Devil in a pantsuit or the demonization of Hillary Clinton
Media portrayal of Hillary Clinton evokes an old and vicious cultural stereotype: Female monster


“…It's natural to wonder whether Obama approves of the death-haunted images that surround his opponent like a phalanx of vultures. Surely he doesn't. He is an intelligent, sensitive, enlightened man whose life has been enriched, as he frequently acknowledges, by the presence of strong women, most notably his late mother and his wife. I wish, therefore, that he would publicly condemn the trend of evoking death and destruction when it comes to Clinton. Perhaps, someday, he will….”

‘…Death, death, death. The steady, depressing drumbeat continues. What these commentators seem to seek is not just a proud female's withdrawal from a political contest—but her outright annihilation. They evoke the nightmarish vision of a commanding woman intent on destruction—thus she must be destroyed before she can launch her evil scheme….”

“…In a thriller by Irish novelist Tana French, "In the Woods" (2007), a detective muses about a psychopath who has outwitted him, "I wanted her not just dead but obliterated from the face of the earth—crushed to unidentifiable pulp, pulverized in a shredder, burned to a handful of toxic ash." With that attitude, he won't have to worry if the gumshoe gig ever fails him: He can always apply for a job with MSNBC….”


Yes the loyal supporters of Hillary have to be respected as Barack Obama says, but Hillary needs to call on those supporters to do the same with regards the Nominee for the sake of the party, no talk of women protest groups to promote the vote for McCain in vital swing States!

Yes Lynn Sweetie!! why no coverage of the 75,000 rally for OBAMA??

This crazy race is just crazy. I wish the hatred that HRC supporters have could abate. There is no room for hatred in our America. Why join the Rush Limbaugh bandwagon? Please, fellow democrats, the voters have decided. Let Barack win and support him. He is our nominee. I used to support HRC, but I came to my senses and I realized that the gig is up. My girl had a nice run, she will go down in history - but I won't turn into a hater or a republican because she lost. Poor judgemet ruined her campaighn - so be it. She might have won if she would have made some better choices. Her strategy was flawed and her strategy is still flawed. I hope you can see the importance of our democratic victtory and be mature.

As an American, I want the best, most qualified candidate to be the next president. We live in a dangerous world, there is no room for mistakes. The Presidency is not an apprenticeship job. Obama may be the most charismatic candidate but he is definitely not the most qualified. Does that mean that I hate him or that I'm a racist? No, I'm just a very concerned citizen who has serious doubts about Obama and wishes she knew more about the likely front runner. At this point I prefer Hillary who has shown that she can step into the office and without hesitation take the reins and do a superb job.

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