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CHICAGO--The pool report, from Politico's Carrie Budoff Brown, from a high-end fund-raiser Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) headlined Thursday night at Union Station in Washington. He talked about the "self-congratulatory" mood of his supporters.

THE POOL REPORT......

Sen. Barack Obama appeared Thursday night at fundraiser at the Columbus Club at Union Station. It was an event room off the main atrium of the train station. The fare was cheese, crackers, fruits and luncheon meats.

A “host” raised $10,000. The “suggested” contribution was $2,300 per person. The minimum contribution was $1,000.

Obama did not make news. He gave his usual stump speech with one notable exception: He did not mention Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.


He instead focused on Sen. John McCain, criticizing his tax, health care and economic policies.


And at the beginning, he mentioned his win Tuesday in North Carolina, and the “self-congratulatory” mood of his supporters and the “turbulence” of the last few weeks:

“Because of the wonderful victory we had North Carolina on Tuesday, because of the wonderful outcome we had in Indiana, considering how much turbulence we had gone through in the previous several weeks, I think everybody is feeling a big self-congratulatory and slapping each other on the back and we knew this was going to come and all that.

“But there are a couple of things I would like to remind people of: number one, this race is not over. And so your participation and your involvement tonight makes all the difference in all of us being able to go ahead and reach the finish line. So for that I want you to know how much I am appreciated and also that it is needed. We still have some work to do until we get to that nomination in August and the nomination doesn’t take place in August – it takes place until August.”

“The more important point want to make is that assuming we clear that hurdle and I am the Democratic nominee, it will obviously mark some history. The work that follows will be even tougher than the work that precedes it.”

The host committee listed on the invite:
Dadi Akhavan • Geoff Aronson • Jean Bailey • Sandy and Stewart Bainum • Patricia Baum • Megan and Don Beyer • Teresa Martinez and Ted Bilich • Richard Binder • Tim Broas • David Burd • Bonnie and Lou Cohen Eugenia Colon • Matthew Cutts • Richard Danzig • Kelley Ellsworth • Mark Feierstein • Price Floyd Laurie Fulton • Julius Genachowski • David Greene • Michael Guest • Howard Gutman • David Hill Eric Hirschhorn • Mary Ann and Bob Hovis • Rodney Hunt • Lauren Jones • Scott Kauff • Bill Kennard Madeline Lawson • Walter Lohmann • Frank Loy • Marc Nichols • Spencer Overton • Malla K. Perry John Phillips • Doug Rediker • Don Remy • Susan Rice • Peggy and John Richardson • Amelia Salzman Miriam Sapiro • Mitchell Schear • Tod Sedgwick • Jill and Ben Shaffer • Bob Sussman • Antilla Trotter Kevin Varney • Carol and Tom Wheeler • Sylvia Davis and Frank White • Michael Zeldin


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I am astonished that more reporters and writers have not come out in outrage at Hillary's very offensive remarks about whites not supporting Barack which in reality she is alluding to racism. I am amazed at how she has been able to divide this country by race and gender with no apparent objections from the thinking public or congressman or reporters, that she has been able to run amuck like a hurricane or tornado and do damage with no one trying to stop it! Barack's message and actions have been one of Uniting, while Hillary's has been one of Division! I am proud of Peggy Noonan's writing who does speak against these racist remarks of Hillary's who is not only tearing the Democatic party apart but also the nation and Joe Conason, Salon, who also writes about the damaging effects of these remarks.

JOB WELL DONE TO THE FUTURE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF!

National PATRIARCHY Radio was busy telling Hillary she was racist for speaking about demographics (in pretty prosaic terms, it seemed to me) and the coming race.
Why is she being bashed for staying in the race?
We have yet to hear jury instructions in the Rezko trial (monday)==we have yet to hear a verdict and we have yet to hear possible fallout re: sentencing for the Illinois Combine.
Even if he's not convicted--have we heard enough for future indictments?
Isn't Hillary to be commended for not using the R word at all this week?
We either need Obama/Hillary or Hillary/Obama or Hillary/Edwards to win this things, folks.

TONY REZCO HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH OBAMA! YOU DON'T TALK ABOUT
WHITEWATER WITH THE CLINTON'S! YOU DON'T TALK ABOUT HALLIBURTON
WITH CHANEY!
THE MAN HAS DEFEATED HILLARY, BRING ON MCCAIN!
AMERICA WE NEED A CHANGE AND OBAMA IS THAT CHANGE!
YESTERDAY FOR THE FIRST TIME I PUMPED GAS IN MY AUTOMOBILE AT
4 BUCKS A GALLON, I KNOW I NEED A CHANGE! OBAMA HAS MY VOTE!

Golden Oldie

What are you afraid of?
Technically he has not defeated her yet, he is ahead but no winner yet.

It looks like he could actually pull this thing off. He has run a strong organization. Kudo's
Remember Obama has successfully exploited his racial card- himself. He seems to have a 90 percent support from African Americans. He has in fact galvanized them and I suppose they have galvanized themselves. Kudos. Race it seems is a big factor in this race. Hillary is only pointing out her strengths. She isn't saying racist remarks. She isn't calling him names, she isn't slurring his good name.

As for Tony Rezko Barack Hussein Obama bought property from Tony. Tony donated money to many of his campaigns. Obama has written letter on behalf one of Tony Rezko real estate developments. Obama's history of association with the rezko corruption doesn't seem to faze voters - so what are you typing in allcaps for.

Here are the facts.

Hillary hasn't conceded. The democratic party hasn't moved to end her quest. Time will eventually tell. Be patient. Good things come to hose who wait. On second thought good things don't always come to those waiting.
The only thing that would upset his apple cart would be another crazy uncle, another bitter lip slip, who knows?

He may have locked this thing up - or he might not have.

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