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Obama's Plouffe said roll call more "meaningful" than anticipated

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DENVER--The roll call where Hillary Rodham Clinton moved to end on Wednesday and nominate Barack Obama by acclimation--with her standing with the New York delegation--was highly orchestrated. The choreography was all done in advance, but it still provided an electric moment, when Obama actually became the first African American nominee of either major party. Obama campaign manager David Plouffe Thursday told the Sun-Times, "the roll call ended up being a much more meaningful thing than people thought."

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IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT WAS PLANNED IN ADVANCE,
WHAT MATTER IS THE MISSION WAS CARRIED OUT
SUCCESSFULLY, AND JOHN MCCAIN KNOWS WHAT THAT
MEANS HE CANNOT WIN, IF THE DEMOCRATS STAY
HUMBLE AND TOGETHER, THE PARTY IS OVER FOR MCCAIN!

I'm with Plouffe on this: I was excited when I heard that they were doing a roll call, but I did not expect it to be as exciting as it was. It was such a powerful moment...I just wish I could have been there in person. I almost got to go to the convention but it just didn't work out.

The Democratic Party has many foes to overcome, not just John McCain. The corporate media bias confirmed through polling, the right-wing constant air wave and cable TV attack barrage, and the intense level of McCain campaign Rovian-style character attacks and misinformation has yet to knock the Omama campaign off its foundational beliefs of grass roots involvements, high road strategies and timely responses to untruthful ads and statements. It comes as no surprise the DNC convention has been a classy and well managed function, showing a level of creativity, organization and follow through---the Obama campaign brand.

It's a bigger thing than you thought? What, did you not grow up watching the roll call vote of the states? Just because Obama's handlers have the attention span of a nano-second and couldn't handle this tradition doesn't mean it's not important, and doesn't mean people know what happened.

Unfortunately, that catharsis thing is important, and the "orchestrated" (read dumbed-down) roll call didn't achieve it. History needed to record the number of delegates voting for Obama, and the number voted for Clinton. Hillary may have been satisfied, but we, her supporters, are still frustrated and angry that those votes were never properly recorded and counted, and the "super-delegates" were never forced to record their importance. History was robbed. Now all we know is Hillary got 18M primary votes, a couple hundred thousand more than Obama, and the most ever in American history. Of course, in this Democratic party, that apparently isn't worth a warm bucket of piss . . .

I agree. I barely planned to tune in, but ended up crying watching people who had been tense reconciled, and seeing the clear emotion in the interviews of random African Americans so overwhelmed by the fact of what had just happened.

Obama has one more white male evangelical Christian backing him up.

I FEEL YOUR PAIN CHAD BUT WE NEED YOU NOW!
TAKE YOUR TIME, BUT CONSIDER MY OFFER?

OBAMA AND BIDEN ALL THE WAY TO THE WHITE HOUSE!
I DON'T HAVE ANY KLEENEX LEFT IN MY HOUSE!
WHAT A GREAT NIGHT!
MLK, JFK, RFK, FANNIE LOU HAMER, ROSA PARKS,
EMMIT TILL, MEDGAR EVERS, HAROLD WASHINGTON,
DADDY KING, JAMES BROWN, BARBARA JORDAN, SHIRLEY
CHISOLM, CORETTA SCOTT KING, THE FOUR LITTLE GIRLS
IN THE CHURCH THAT WAS BOMBED, ALL SMILING DOWN
LAST NIGHT WITH JOY!
I APOLOGIZE IF I MISSED ANYONE, I HAVEN'T FELT
THIS GOOD SINCE I PLAYED BASEBALL BACK IN THE
DAY, OBAMA IS BETTER THAN NOVACAINE, HE IS BETTER
THAN GREAT AMERICA, HE IS BETTER THAN DISNEYLAND
AND DISNEY WORLD, AMERICA IS VERY FORTUNATE TO
HAVE BARACK OBAMA!
BARACK OBAMA AND JOE BIDEN IN A LANDSLIDE!
ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS VOTE IN GREAT NUMBERS, AND
I'LL SEE YOU AT INAGURATION, I WOULD WALK TO
D. C. FOR THAT!

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