Barack Speaks to Hillary After the Speech. (Bill Too!)

There were a few comments questioning Barack's attendance at the speech.  Tradition holds that the candidate does not attend the convention until he has been formally nominated.  Of course he watched and was appreciative.  

After leaving the house party, Senator Obama called and talked for several minutes with Senator Hillary Clinton saying how grateful he was for her support, that she gave a terrific speech and that all those he watched with in Billings, MT were moved by her video and introduction from Chelsea.  Also said he loved her line "No way, no how, no McCain."

Senator Obama also called and spoke with President Bill Clinton for several minutes saying Senator Clinton could not have been better and made the case for change.  Obama said he knew how proud he must have been watching as he was last night watching Michelle speak and how grateful he was for their support.

Several minutes is not just cursory lip-service.  The chat with Bill kinda belies the "bad blood" drama the press are trying to stir.

This has been a very good night.

Update Here's the pool report on Barack watching the speech. Seems to have a very human reaction - especially promising is his enthusiasm for Hillary's attacks on McCain. I really like the image of him inching closer to the TV.

CSPAN which was carrying Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer's speech live. Some weird record message came on the TV screen and someone else finished switching the channel. Obama and the house guests laughed their way through much of the speech and smiled broadly when President Clinton followed Schweitzer's command to stand up and was laughing. That was great, that was good," Obama said of the Hillary Clinton video before she came out.

Obama was sitting at the edge of the crowded brown sectional sofa closest to the TV in thre family's small living room, leaning slightly forward, and as the video played he was watching intently with his hands folded together. "It's a nice moment," he said as Clinton came onstage. He also said Chelsea Clinton had "turned into such a wonderful young woman."

Clinton began speaking and when she said she was "a proud suporter of Barack Obama" he smiled and softly shouted "yay" then straightened his face again. He clapped when she said "no way, no how, no McCain."

Obama also smiled and laughed widely when she talked about her sisterhood of the traveling pantsuits. He noded solemnly as she explained why she is supporting Obama and sat silent when she asked her supporters whether the were just in it "for me" or for various needy groups in America. He nodded and clapped when she talked of him signing expanded health care and when she praised Michelle Obama. He nodded and said "Yeah" as she criticized McCain and as her speech neared the end he leaned increasingly closer to the TV set.

Tags: Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Convention, Hillary, Hillary Clinton, HRC (all tags)



Nice work January!

Can't wait until tomorrow!

Bill and Biden are going to bring the house down!

Be afraid Republicans.

Be very afraid.

by spacemanspiff 2008-08-26 11:14PM | 0 recs
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"Several minutes is not just cursory lip-service. "

Are we talking 3 minutes several or 30 minutes several?

Because she just gave him the white house and we are jumping up and down over what might have been a very short and insulting phone call based on Obama's history.

by dtaylor2 2008-08-26 11:29PM | 0 recs
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Seriously? I don't get it, why do you keep spoiling for a fight? You realize that you're just playing into the media-fed Obama-Clinton feud, right?
This is a GOOD NIGHT. Enjoy it. Be happy.
by EvilAsh 2008-08-26 11:32PM | 0 recs
Re: Barack Speaks to Hillary After the Speech. (B

Don't try to argue with them.  The PUMAs are having a months-long tantrum that punishes us all.  They don't care anymore for Hillary's ideals or the future of our nation or even their own welfare anymore.  They only care about inflicting pain on themselves and the party they once loved.

by blueAZ 2008-08-26 11:36PM | 0 recs
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I understand, but I keep thinking that maybe, MAYBE one or two may just not be able to get over that last little but.
I've phonebanked, I've contributed, and if I can flip one or two people on the blogs, I'll be happy.
by EvilAsh 2008-08-26 11:38PM | 0 recs
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Keep phonebanking, keep contributing, keep canvassing.  Every effort you make towards electing a Democratic president is worth your time.  The PUMAs (all 20 of them) aren't.

by blueAZ 2008-08-26 11:53PM | 0 recs
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Well, I've been laid off, so I can't really contribute any more. But I can certainly phonebank.

by EvilAsh 2008-08-26 11:56PM | 0 recs
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Evilash it's people like you that make this world great. Out of work and you are still trying to contribute to change. You are Amazing!!!!!!

by canadian 2008-08-27 05:32AM | 0 recs
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I've heard that they ended by saying "you hang up first."   "No, you hang up first."  That went on for just hours.  The two simply couldn't bear to part.  

Imagine what you like.  I'm very happy right now - we have a terrific ticket & the world has just seen one of our party's greatest assets.

by January 20 2008-08-26 11:37PM | 0 recs
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We should all be happy! Hillary brought about unity in one speech and the concern trolls have been so quite they can't use Hillary as a wedge.
The media of course was hoping for a battle but they forgot who Hillary Rodman Clinton is.
by canadian 2008-08-27 05:36AM | 0 recs
You're a miserable human being.

by BrighidG 2008-08-27 12:56AM | 0 recs
I'm not sure

Hillary OR Bill had 30 minutes to spend talking on the phone last night.

by vcalzone 2008-08-27 05:39AM | 0 recs
Re: Bill Too!

Though Chelsea was undoubtedly proud of (and sad for) her mom, I felt like you could feel more emotion in Bill's eyes.  There was a combination of pride and sorrow there that you could feel.

I'm sick of the made-up Obama-Clinton spats.  Lets unload the big guns on McWorse.

by blueAZ 2008-08-26 11:34PM | 0 recs
Re: Bill Too!
Agreed whole-heartedly.
I couldn't tell if Bill was proud or about to gush tears. Then I realized it was probably both. But he was certainly proud as hell of Hillary.
But, watching the convention, I think he's feeding off of the energy, and by tomorrow he will be fully on board.
by EvilAsh 2008-08-26 11:36PM | 0 recs
Re: Bill Too!

I've been righteously pissed at the Big Dog at various times over this incredibly (can you imagine its been 19 months so far!?!) long primary, but I am confident that he will deliver tomorrow.  I look forward to his speech.

by blueAZ 2008-08-26 11:39PM | 0 recs
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I like your edit.

The Clintons intend to embrace the Obama's like we all knew they would.

The Clintons know how to be about it both in the primary and out.

They won't be confused about when the primary ends and the general begins.

by dtaylor2 2008-08-26 11:47PM | 0 recs
I can has linkz?

Really hate it when people post tantalizing excerpts without linking to the original sources. ;-)

by Sean Robertson 2008-08-27 06:32AM | 0 recs
Re: I can has linkz?

There was really nothing more to link to.  The pool report was complete aside from some meaningless preamble about decor & tuning the TV, & the phone call info was released by the campaigns. Nothing was part of any bigger, deeper, more complete story.

by January 20 2008-08-27 12:17PM | 0 recs


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