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Rahm Emanuel is finally officially with Obama. Out from under the table.

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WASHINGTON--For more than a year, Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) has been hidiing under a table--his vivid imagery--to avoid picking between Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-IN.Y.) Though Emanuel, who is a superdelegate, is friends with Obama, he owes his political career to serving in the Clinton White House. Emanuel did repay the Clintons in part a year ago when Obama and Clinton were both in Selma, Alabama on the same day, speaking at different churches a block apart. Emanuel and his son showed up at the Clinton church. But Emanuel never did anything much in public view for Obama or Clinton.

Now that Obama has clinched the Democratic nomination, Emanuel on Wednesday is declaring his support for Obama, with whom they share David Axelrod as friend and political advisor. Emanuel called Clinton on Tuesday, the day Obama clinched. Emanuel was with Obama as he appeared at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference here. Now that Emanuel is unleashed, he can help shore up support for Obama in the Jewish community.

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All I can say is "it's about time!" Just this morning I'd verified that he was still officially uncommitted. Thanks for the update.

Yes. Out from the table. Where he was kicking her.

You surely did not buried the "What Hillary Wants?" blog entry now did you, Ms. Sweet? Oh, I do not believe you would do that to tell us Rahm Emanuel is finally for Senator Obama, though he doesn't need his vote anymore, did you?

Maybe it is to URGE Senator Obama to do something a lot of the voters do not want, but some voters on the other side who supported a losing candidate do.

Have a good day!

How does your typical democrat/liberal live with themself? Party elders (Carter), and elites (Emanuel, among many others) are so spineless they have to wait until it's over to endorse? How were you people raised that you are so pathetic?

WELCOME ABOARD, IT'S ABOUT TIME, AND YOU'RE FROM ILLINOIS!
I KNOW YOU HAVE A PREVIOUS RELATIONSHIP WITH THE CLINTON'S!
I WISH YOU WOULD ASK HER TO CONCEDE!

He just came out from under the table? you sure it wasn't under a rock? Is he aware of Obama being the guest speaker at an Islamic Fundraiser at the home of Rashid Khalidi, Columbia Prof. but, also a PLO?

"UNLEASHED" ?

you americans are so into dog-fighting...

Looks like we're ready to author volume two of "Profiles in Courage."

-- SCAM
so-called "Austin Mayor"
http://austinmayor.blogspot.com

Well, all the Socialists are in a row now.

Ms. Sweet,

Was Rep. Emanuel the "person very very close to the Clintons but not part of the campaign" who put the screws to HRC to get behind Sen. Obama? If so, I would like to withdraw my previous snark.

-- SCAM
so-called "Austin Mayor"
http://austinmayor.blogspot.com

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