Michelle Obama: September 2008 Archives

WASHINGTON--Chicago Sun-Times reporters Annie Sweeney and Frank Main have the story about the arrest of a man near Barack Obama's Kenwood home who had a gun and bulletproof vest in his car.

My Chicago Sun-Times colleagues are reporting that Chicago police are questioning a man who may have been stalking Barack Obama's house on Chicago's South Side.

The man was arrested at about 6:30 a.m. today near 50th & Greenwood after he
approached the security perimeter that's been set up around the house.

Why he was arrested is not exactly clear as yet.

WASHINGTON--Once a Clinton backer, ardent Democrat Barbra Streisand is in the Obama camp and stars at a big dollar concert for him Tuesday night in Beverly Hills.

Variety's Ted Johnson reports "Organizers said Obama's two events on Tuesday sold out by Monday afternoon, including a dinner at Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills and a reception and concert at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, where Barbra Streisand and Ben Harper are scheduled to perform. In fact, one estimate from the Politico website said the campaign could raise as much as $9 million, perhaps shattering single-day fund-raising records."


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WASHINGTON--As major female Democratic Hillary Rodham Clinton backers are consolidating around Barack Obama, the Obama campaign is cranking up its pitch to women voters, with a joint Clinton/Biden video forum Wednesday, part of a "Women's Week of Action."

This activity comes as polls show Obama has not been able to win over a chunk of Clinton backers--and as Sarah Palin threatens to drain off crucial female voters. The Obama campaign is, I was told, "redoubling" its efforts to lock-in support of women, especially the Democratic leaners who by logic should be with Obama.

Senators and House members and other women leaders will be out stumping for the ticket as part of an upcoming Women for Change Weekend.

WASHINGTON--Turns out Barack Obama--who has taken pains to woo Jewish voters and donors--has a prominent rabbi in the family. He's Rabbi Capers Funnye, the leader of a Southwest Side Chicago synagogue, Beth Shalom B'nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation.

Michelle Obama and Funnye are first cousins once removed. They have not been in touch since Sen. Obama has been running for president. The Forward first wrote about Funnye last week and the story was picked up in Haaretz, an Israeli newspaper. Michelle Obama spokesman, Katie McCormick Lelyveld confirmed to the Sun-Times that Funnye and Michelle are cousins. "They're not close," she said.

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WASHINGTON--The Obama campaign is heavily reliant on big names and high powered surrogates to draw in big dollar donors. Barack Obama is under enormous pressure to raise millions because he did not talk public financing. John McCain has a head start--he received $84 million in public funds when he officially became the GOP nominee in St. Paul last week. Here's a list of recent and upcoming Obama campaign fund raising events.

My Sun-Times column on this ran in the Sunday Sun-Times, on Sept. 7.

9/3/08 - Los Angeles, CA
The home of Bryan Lourd
1071 Brooklawn Drive
5:30pm - VIP LGBT Reception with Michelle Obama
6:00pm - LGBT Reception with Michelle Obama
Host/VIP/Ticket Price: $25,000, $2,300, $1,000

9/3/08 - Beverly Hills, CA
17 Beverly Park South
6:30pm - VIP Reception with Michelle Obama
7:30pm - General Reception with Michelle Obama
VIP/Ticket Price: $25,000, $2,300

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MANCHESTER, NH.--MIchelle Obama strikes a pose on the cover or More; earlier in the week she was the draw for a high dollar Los Angeles fund-raiser targeted gay and lesbian donors and another big bucks event in Beverly Hills.

from the RNC.....

2008 Republican National Convention Announces Program for Wednesday
Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, and Vice Presidential
Nominee Sarah Palin Among Featured Speakers

SAINT PAUL, Minn. - The 2008 Republican National Convention today announced the full program of events for Wednesday, Sept. 3. The evening's program will feature remarks by Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican Party's nominee for vice president. Among the other speakers participating in this evening's program are former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

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Lynn Sweet

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

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