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The American Federation of Teachers was one of the first unions to endorse Sen. Hillary Rodman Clinton (D-N.Y.) The Chicago native returned home on Saturday to attend a wedding and to address the group, where she plugged presumptive nominee Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and paid her props to an influential union that was for her and worked in at least 14 states to get her the nomination. Obama will be endorsed by the union on Sunday and talks to the AFT via a remote hook-up from San Diego.

Mayor Daley, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) also spoke. Gov. Blagojevich was invited, did not accept.

Video link for clip from Clinton's speech.

WASHINGTON--Presumptive Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and wife Michelle focus in coming days at wooing female voters. As a trade-off for helping her pay off campaign debts, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) appears at a "Women for Obama" fund-raiser in New York on Thursday.

From the Obama campaign...

CHICAGO, IL—Over the next two days, Barack and Michelle Obama will hold campaign events to highlight Obama’s plan to provide economic security for America’s working women. Obama’s plan directly addresses the challenges that women and families face affording quality child care, juggling personal and professional commitments, and coping with soaring prices.

I blogged about this double date fund-raising on Monday....More details out today...

From the Obama campaign...


**Location for planning purposes only. Tickets are no longer available**



**Location for planning purposes only. Tickets are no longer available**


The event is a fundraiser. Tickets are required, but are no longer available.


WASHINGTON--The Obama campaign--sending Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) on a fund-raising spree--has him down for three higher dollar events in Chicago on Friday July 11. Write or raise $10,000 for Obama's White House run and you can get a picture of him at the Hyatt on Wacker reception. For the $100 customer, there is a concert at Park West, at Clark, Lincoln and Armitage featuring Jeff Tweedy & Friends and Otis Clay.

Meanwhile, Obama and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) swap out as headliners Thursday in New York for fund-raisers. Clinton appears at an event for Obama; Obama goes to a reception for Clinton's debt retirement fund. And...Clinton hits Chicago on Saturday for a wedding in the family of a high school buddy and to appear at the American Federation of Teachers meeting in the city.

click to see invites....

WASHINGTON—The Obama campaign is taking on three more Clinton staffers…..the latest hires are Sara Hurwitz, from the Clinton speechwriting shop….Isaac Baker, communications chief for Clinton in Ohio, who will handle similar duties for Obama in the general election contest….and a very strategic hire to smooth over relationships with angry die hard Clinton female supporters……Dana Singiser…director of womens outreach for Clinton, who will work on womens outreach for Obama.

The Obama campaign made it official...
Obama release...

Obama Campaign Announces Dana Singiser as Senior Advisor to Senator Obama

For months I watched Vanity Fair's Gail Sheehy taking notes and talking into her tape or digital recorder as she followed the Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton campaign. The result in the August Vanity Fair is "Hillaryland at War"

The top...

Hillary Clinton’s campaign had it all: near-death moments, hard-won triumphs, dysfunctional relationships—and a staff consumed with infighting over how to sell their candidate. It was a battle that revealed why she came so close to victory, as well as why she didn’t make it.

The Obama Clinton call

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took place this morning and lasted about 20 minutes, said Obama spokesman Bill Burton.

(see previous blog for more)

Statement from the Obama campaign.......

“Senator Obama had a terrific conversation with President Clinton and is honored to have his support in this campaign. He has always believed that Bill Clinton is one of this nation’s great leaders and most brilliant minds, and looks forward to seeing him on the campaign trail and receiving his counsel in the months to come,” said Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton.

WASHINGTON--Ben Smith of Politico and my colleague, Abdon Pallasch of the Sun-Times both noted that presumptive Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) skipped even a drop by this weekend at the Democratic Leadership Council, meeting in Chicago. Smith opined that Obama did not put the centrist group with deep ties to Bill Clinton on his calendar because a DLC honcho is J.B. Pritzker. J.B. was a major national fund-raiser for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) campaign and the brother of Penny Pritzker, the Obama national finance chairman.

Let me add another conference in Chicago to keep watch on to see if Obama attends. Just a few miles from the Obama home, the annual Rainbow PUSH Coalition and Citizen Education Fund conference is running June 28-July 2. The conference will honor not the historic Obama bid but the 20th anniversary of the historic 1984 White House run of the Rainbow PUSHfounder, the Rev. Jesse L Jackson. The 1984 and 1998 Jackson presidential campaigns marked the first major African American run for president.

As for Obama--he keeps himself above the fray of Democratic faction politics by not appearing before the centrist DLC or the more left Rainbow PUSH crowd.

WASHINGTON--After requests from major news outlets and wire services, the Obama campaign has agreed to allow coverage for all movements of presumptive Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.). Hat tip to my colleagues who have led this fight for access. This small pool at all events, called a "protective pool," is similar to one that that follows the president no matter where he goes. Here is the first protective pool report from the New York Times Jeff Zeleny about Obama's visit to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center here.

June 28, 2008

No news, no color.

The campaign's protective pool made its debut today. Your pool departed the
Capital Hilton at 6:50 am, arriving by 7 am at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, where
Senator Obama spent the night.
After holding outside for two hours, your pool drove to far Northwest
Washington. Mr. Obama arrived at the main building of Walter Reed Army Medical
Hospital at 9:20 am. He made no comments when he departed at 11 am.
Your pool followed the motorcade to the Renaissance hotel for NALEO, arriving at
11:15 am.

Jeff Zeleny
New York Times

WASHINGTON--Presumptive presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) will meet with British, French and German leaders as part of overseas travel this summer to also include stops in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned. On Saturday morning, the Obama campaign,confirming the visits to Europe, said Israel and Jordan will also be part of the swing.

As first reported Friday evening in the Lynn Sweet blog, Obama decided to add the European meetings to a summer travel schedule already planned to include brief stops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“This trip will be an important opportunity for me to assess the situation in countries that are critical to American national security, and to consult with some of our closest friends and allies about the common challenges we face,” said Obama in a statement.

Ths will be the first time that Obama has met with heads of state as a potential United States president. Embassies in Washington have been alerted that the Obama team is orchestrating meetings with German chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and French President Nicolas Sarkozy. The trips and meetings will take place before the August Democratic presidential nominating convention in Denver.

The trips to Europe will be part of the Obama presidential campaign. The visits to the war zones will conducted as official congressional business.

Still, the trips will be merged in the minds of the public as Obama makes his first visit overseas since his 2006 stops in Africa, including a pilgramage to his father's homestead in Kenya. Republicans have been making an issue that Obama has only made one short visit to Iraq.

The Sarkozy visit is a bit of turnabout. Obama met with Sarkozy in his Senate office on Sept. 12, 2006, when Sarkozy was visiting the U.S. as a run-up to his presidential campaign.

full statement at click..

WASHINGTON--In a spirit of Democratic unity, a cadre of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's most steadfast supporters--and fund-raisers-flew to Washington to hear from presumptive Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama make an appeal to them Thursday night.

Among those from the Chicago area present:

Bill Brandt, Lynn Cutler, J.B. Pritzker, Betsy Ebeling, Val Alexander, Tim Wright and Rashid Chaudary.

Excerpts....Unity, NH Obama and Clinton unity rally on June 27,2008


Now, I don't think it's at all unknown among this audience that this was a hard-fought primary campaign. We have traversed America, making our case to the American people. We have gone toe to toe in this hard-fought primary. But today and every day going forward, we stand shoulder to shoulder for the ideals we share, the values we cherish and the country we love.

We may have started on separate paths, but today our paths have merged. Today, our hearts are set on the same destination for America. Today, we are coming together for the same goal: to elect Barack Obama as the next president of the United States.

I was honored to be in this race with Barack, and I am proud that we had a spirited dialogue. That was the nicest way I could think of phrasing it. But it was spirited because we both care so much. And so do our supporters -- each and every one of you. And I am so proud and privileged today, here in Unity, to help bring together the 36 million Americans who supported us to create an unstoppable force for change we can all believe in.

"...............But if you think we need a new course, a new agenda, then vote for Barack Obama and you will get the change that you and me need and deserve.

And to anyone who voted for me and is now considering -- - not voting or voting for Senator McCain, I strongly urge you to reconsider.

WASHINGTON--The Obama campaign just reached into the Clinton and Ted Kennedy camps for two top staffing positions...Neera Tanden was Policy Director for the Hillary Clinton campaign.....Melody Barnes was chief counsel to Kennedy on the Senate Judiciary committee...Tanden becomes Obama domestic policy advisor, putting her in a perch to advance a Clinton style universal health care plan over the Obama proposal...Barnes becomes a senior policy advisor....Heather Higginbottom, with the Obama campaign from the start remains the policy director.....

WASHINGTON -- Penny Pritzker, national finance chairwoman for the Obama campaign, knew that if she was going to ask other people to help retire Sen. Hillary Clinton's primary debt, she would have to fork over some cash herself. So as I stood next to her Thursday night, Pritzker pulled out check 15179 from the joint JP Morgan Chase account she has with her husband and wrote a $4,600 check -- the maximum allowed from a couple -- to Clinton's campaign.

"You know, unity is important," Pritzker said before disappearing into a ballroom at the Mayflower Hotel here, where Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama made their first joint appearance since he clinched the Democratic nomination. The crowd of about 300 were Clinton's elite fund-raisers, and they came together in what for some was a bittersweet reception to hear from Obama.

Clinton needs Obama fund-raisers to help pay off her $10 million debt left from her primary campaign (she is not asking for the $12 million she lent to it). Despite an army of small donors, Obama needs these wealthy and well-connected people to help him raise the millions of dollars he needs to finance his run against Sen. John McCain. Federal law limits an individual contribution to $2,300 per person per primary or general election. And just as Pritzker and husband Bryan Traubert "maxed out," so did the Obamas: The senator and wife Michelle contributed $4,600 to Clinton's campaign.

Today, Clinton and Obama travel to the small town of Unity, N.H. -- where each got 107 votes in the January primary -- in a display of unity. But it will take more than a joint appearance. As Betsy Myers, the Obama campaign chief operating officer and head of women's outreach, told me, while many Clinton's supporters have moved on, "20 percent are still angry."

"We've tried to be really respectful of people's feelings," said Pritzker, from Chicago. She told me she is putting together a special task force to help raise money to pay off Clinton's debt, headed by her deputy finance chairman, David Jacobson.

Inside the ballroom, Clinton said to long applause, "We have to make it a priority in our lives to elect Barack Obama the next president of the United States." Obama told the Clinton backers that "I'm going to need Hillary by my side campaigning during his election.

When it comes to fund-raising, unity is something that can be counted, not just counted on. Some Clinton supporters want to see what Obama backers will deliver. J.B. Pritzker, a national fund-raiser for Clinton -- and Penny Pritzker's brother -- said, "We'll see. I hope the Obama folks will step up."

Clinton fund-raiser Bill Brandt said afterward that "the takeaway for senior players is, money talks and you know what walks. We want to see a near-term effort. It they don't get to the debt shortly, we are not going to be happy campers."

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WASHINGTON—UPDATE. After I raised the issue of opening the closed Obama-Clinton Thursday evening meeting with donors and fund-raisers to the press, the Obama campaign on Thursday afternoon agreed to allow a pool reporter to cover the event.

Meanwhile, I've learned that about 170 Clinton VIP donors are expected.There was going to be a small reception of the most elite donors with Obama and Clinton before the main reception for more exclusive meet and greet, but that was canceled.END OF UPDATE.

ORIGINAL Reporters are banned from covering the meeting presumptive Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) are having Thursday night at the Mayflower Hotel here with Clinton’s best fund-raisers. It is their first joint appearance since Obama clinched the nomination.

This event has everything to do with big money in politics yet the Obama campaign does not see any reason to at least include a pool reporter.

I pushed to have this event opened up on Wednesday, when I asked Obama campaign manager David Plouffe if he would allow in at least a pooler.

WASHINGTON--The general board of the AFL-CIO on Thursday is expected to endorse presumptive Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.). The board will convene Thursday in a conference call to make it official. The endorsement brings what will be the AFL-CIO's largest voter mobilization ever--outreach to more than 13 million voters in 24 priority states in support of Obama. The labor federation has budgeted a record $53.4 million for their entire 2008 voting program, which includes down ticket races. Though it was not on his schedule, Obama met with AFL-CIO leaders and union presidents at the AFL-CIO building--down the street from the White House on June 18. Obama met the labor leaders--including AFL-CIO president John Sweeney--in a conference room for about 90 minutes for an informal discussion where he took a number of questions.

said David Plouffe.

WASHINGTON--Presumptive Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) faces his traveling national and Chicago local press corps Wednesday at a afternoon news conference in a Michigan Ave. hotel. Before that, Obama will be meeting with a group described as "business leaders" from across the country. No names offered at this time. Meanwhile, in Washington, Obama campaign manager David Plouffe briefs reporters at the Democratic National Committee headquarters. No cameras allowed at the Plouffe session. Plouffe does not want to step on the images from the Obama presser. Once Obama snagged the nomination, he seized control of the DNC operation.

Local Pool Report

Obama Victory Fund Dinner

Los Angeles Music Center

Barack Obama spoke shortly before 7 p.m. to a crowd of about
700 donors from a stage set up in the mezzanine lobby of the Dorothy
Chandler Pavilion. Most stood just in front of the stage; a couple
hundred watched from behind glass railings on two upper balconies. Three
giant crystal chandeliers hung from the ceiling.

National pool is providing Obama remarks.

On stage with Obama was a black Steinway & Sons grand piano.
Behind him were a U.S. flag and a California flag, along with a dark
blue curtain backdrop.

Among the celebrities in the crowd were actors Dennis Quaid,
Samuel Jackson, Don Cheadle, retired boxer Sugar Ray Leonard and
Jennifer Beals. Also there was former Paramount Pictures CEO Sherry

Dennis Quaid introduced Seal. "He's here tonight to sing for
the superman for everyone - Barack Obama," Quaid told the crowd.

Seal, dressed in a black suit, sang two songs. The first,
with a piano accompanist, was a ballad, "Kiss from a Rose." The second,
with recorded accompaniment of a full band, was a 1964 r&b tune, "A
Change is Gonna Come."

In remarks introducing "A Change is Gonna Come," Seal
recalled growing up in England, watching Elvis films and "Happy Days."
After 18 years in America, Seal said, the U.S. is still "the greatest
country in the world." But in some ways, the country is holding on by a
thread, he said.
"At last, someone has come along that is restoring my
faith," Seal told the crowd.

Cheadle, who was watching from the balcony, said of Obama:
"He's my candidate, and I think you have to put your money where your
mouth is.'

Also watching from the balcony was, producer of
the "Yes We Can" video tribute to Obama. He was dressed in a white suit.

Obama, he said, made it "over the hill" by winning the
Democratic nomination. "Now we're in a valley, and we got a bigger hill
to climb."

"I'm just blessed to call to action, led by inspiration."

Obama was introduced by Karen Bass, the California Assembly

Donors sipped wine and bottled water. Waiters wearing black
vests, white shirts and black ties served hors d'oeuvres: endive spears
of brie, toasted almonds and truffle oil; tuna tartare with passion
fruit ponzu and macadamia nut on wonton crisp; beef short rib skewers
with Asian flavors.

Mingling in the crowd were Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev
Yaroslavsky and L.A. City Councilmen Herb Wesson and Richard Alarcon.

California Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown told reporters outside
that Obama had spoken earlier (before the pool was brought inside) to
about 300 people, including some prominent Clinton supporters.

Among them, Brown said, were L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
and John Emerson, a former Clinton White House aide and one of her
biggest California fund-raisers.

The fundraiser was a two-tiered event. Tickets were $2,300
per person. VIP tickets were $28,500 per couple. VIP guests were able to
attend a dinner with Obama before the general reception.

The money was split between Obama for America, which could
accept individual donations of up to $2,300 for the primary and $2,300
for the general, and the Democratic National Committee. The DNC could
accept individual contributions of up to $28,500.

Springsteen's "The Horizon" played after Obama spoke.

Feel free to call if any questions; will be boarding flight
for Chicago shortly, so sooner the better.

Michael Finnegan

LA Times

WASHINGTON—“I’m a victim of sexism myself all the time,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) discussing Tuesday morning whether sexism played a significant role in the defeat of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) by presumptive Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) But Pelosi does not spend a lot of time worrying about sexist remarks people make.

WASHINGTON -- Hours after Sen. Barack Obama rejected public financing for his campaign on Thursday after failing to negotiate with rival Sen. John McCain as he said he would, Obama made a stop not publicly disclosed by his campaign: He visited with some of his elite corps of fund-raisers on his National Finance Committee who were meeting in Chicago for briefings and to map fund-raising strategy for the general election.

On NBC's "Meet the Press," Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) slammed by McCain backer Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday for flip flopping on pledge to seek public campaign financing; defending the undefendable for Obama, Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.)

Highlights below. Full transcript at click:
SEN. BIDEN: I'm--I think what you're seeing is two things. One, Barack is a politician, an honorable politician. What Barack Obama said, and he's kept his commitment, he would keep major influences out of his campaign and out of his presidency. It didn't fit within the matrix of public financing as we talked about it, but that was the purpose of public financing. That's the rationale. Put it another way. If everyone in America agreed that 80 percent of their contributions for House, Senate, and president could only come from people making contributions of $100 or less, we'd have a pretty darn good system. The influence of money would be gone. He was able to do it because people recognize something incredible about this guy. He is a tough politician. He is also Dr. Barack, as you said. He's a high-minded guy. But he's a guy who knows--he knows how--he'll know how to govern. The very things that people are looking at him now, they call him naive on the one side about being able to govern, and yet they talk about him being a hard-nosed politician on the other. The truth of the matter is this guy's a realist who's keeping his promise of keeping influence out, big money, big influence, out of the decision making process.

MR. WILLIAMS: Senator Graham, you heard that it turns out he's keeping his promise.

SEN. GRAHAM: It'd be news to everyone who listens to what he said, and this is just really sad for the country, for somebody with this much ability, this much talent, to, to fall this far this soon. The idea that we're going to change this country and do things that are hard and tough and keep one's word is music to the American people's ears. Well, let me tell you, what he did by breaking his promise is reinforce every bad thing wrong with politics. And you can talk about it, Joe, till the cows come home. This guy wants to win. He'll do anything to win, and the reason John McCain's going to beat him is because John's put the country ahead of the desire to win for himself, and that's going to be the defining issue in this election.

WASHINGTON -- Michelle Obama climbed into her charter jet Friday and flew here from Chicago for lunch and a speech -- I clocked it at seven minutes -- before an influential women's group whose board includes key supporters of Sen. Hillary Clinton.

Obama's brief appearance before the National Partnership for Women & Families -- she turned around and flew right back home when she was done -- shows how Obama is shaping her role as a potential first lady and how the Obama campaign is working hard to build bridges to the women who supported Clinton over presumptive Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama.

WASHINGTON--Clinton campaign general counsel Cheryl Mills and Emily List chief Ellen Malcolm--who rustled up a lot of support for the presidential bid of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.)--help Michelle Obama pitch female voters at a luncheon here on Friday.

For details, click below...


Barack Obama Press Avail Q and A

Washington DC


Lynn Sweet

Lynn Sweet is a columnist and the Washington Bureau Chief for the Chicago Sun-Times.

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