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Clinton and Obama Meet in Unity, New Hampshire

One Big, Happy Family! Hillary and Obama Begin Unity Tour

Together again, campaigning on stage — only this time not as rivals. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton make their much touted joint appearance in Unity, NH this morning, eager to give a kick in the pants to the grand healing of the Democratic Party. Almost too cute for words, Unity, NH, was chosen as the spot not just for its name, but because voters there awarded exactly 107 votes to each candidate at the primary contest in January.

It's a back-scratching come-together (as in, "I'll scratch yours if. . .") Obama needs Clinton to give her voters and donors the thumbs up to shift their loyalties, and Clinton needs the guarantee she'll be treated as a respected surrogate and important part of the campaign — as well as a "hey, Obama. Can I borrow a few million?" campaign debt-clearing effort. To see how Obama kicked that off,


The debt-clearing effort began last night when Clinton introduced Obama to 300 of her best (at least $100,000-best) fundraisers at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington DC. At the event, Obama confessed to his own entry in the fundrace, his and Michelle's maximum donations to Clinton. He said:

I wrote my check to the Hillary for President Committee. I recognize that this room shares the same passion that a roomful of my supporters would show. I do not expect that passion to be transferred. Senator Clinton is unique, and your relationships with her are unique. Senator Clinton and I at our core agree deeply that this country needs to change.

Exciting though the symbolism of uniting might be, the actual event was apparently deathly dull. One attendee said, "it was like a dentist's appointment." Ouch. Are voters ready to accept a united Democratic party? Are Hillary supporters ready to make the switch? Is the meeting in New Hampshire today the real deal, or just a "show" of unity?


lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
Per campaign finance rules, Obama technically could have given $5,000 of his campaign money to Hillary's campaign. Although, I completely understand why he didn't.
flutterpie flutterpie 9 years
ugh i heard one of those "defectors" on fox and every single thing she said pointed to the fact that she should of been voting for mccain in the first place.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
It's cool. :) I am NOT one of them....but there are a lot of supporters that are threatening to defect to McCain if she isn't on the ticket. Some don't trust Obama's experience, some think he's too far left, and some just want to punish the democratic party...As STUPID as that sounds. I personally don't necessarily think that's the best place for her, but many do. It's a tricky situation. He's going to have to weigh his pros and cons.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Well, I guess there are those. But Hillary has already thrown her support behind Barak, so why does he need her to get those 18 million? ;) I'm just giving you a hard time. Sorry :P
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
Oh I don't know...maybe her 18 million supporters? ;)
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
And let's hope it isn't Obama/Clinton. I just don't see how having her on the ticket helps him.
ambie_white ambie_white 9 years
im sorry but im just being picky about this and seen it a lot, but why does it have to be Hilary/Obama. hello the person who is running should have their name first! lets change that ppl. HELLLOOO
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 9 years
My understanding is that campaign finance regulations prevent Obama from giving his campaign contributions directly to Hillary. All he can do is solicit his donors. UnDave: You don't have to hold your nose if you're the winner. At least Hillary didn't want much lunch, she'd already swallowed her pride. I love the pictures with this entry. It looks like Hillary is getting ready to (gleefully) slap Barack upside the head....
Zahara-Pitt Zahara-Pitt 9 years
The Clintons have also donated the maximum $ 4600 the Obama campaign
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
I wonder what, if anything, Barak is going to ask the Clintons to do within his campaign.
i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 9 years
All I know is that if Hillary would have said "The Next President of the United States, Barack Obama" one more time, I would have screamed - well, i did scream. Talk about redundancy and filler. We get it.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
I see this as a "grab what money I can" play from Hillary. I have a hard time beliving Barak didn't hold his nose while doing this group hug in Unity.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
You're right lil! That's totally what they're doing! At least I won fair and square. :raspberry:
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
I have this theory that people purposely double post to become commenter of the month... :sneaky-evil:
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
It's okay cab. It happens to us all. :) (Wait actually it's NEVER happened to me!) :cocktail:
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
bah! stupid double post!
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
Ohhh ok. Thats better then!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
That's what I thought I heard too, Jill. And I'm pretty sure I heard he's making a point of not sending e-mails, etc. out to his whole list to ask for donations for Hillary, just asking large donors, like Jill said.
nateshatesh nateshatesh 9 years
I glad to see the unity of these two great people. And yeah Hils did come into debt to make O look bad, but he did the right thing. He will have good karma.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
He donated his and his wife's personal money yesterday, and he is asking his top donors to donate to her (also his top aides, etc). He isn't taking money that people have given to him to give to her...he is encouraging new donations.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
I see how it is, now that there is a clear loser, NOW they care about party unity. Had to get that one snarky comment in there ;) It is kinda heartwarming to see them hug and make up, hopefully it helps the Dems out in November!
MindayH MindayH 9 years
Yeah it was personal NOT campaign $ that Obama donated.
Zahara-Pitt Zahara-Pitt 9 years
its not the small donors that wil be donating to Hils, HIls has introduced obama to her top fundaraisers and in return he helps her pay off the debt :) he and michelle even donated the maximun 4600, aaww, we are family :ROTFL:
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! It feels so good to see her. Jill you are very sweet and rest assured he has my vote. :hug:
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Countrywide... :ROTFL: You're too funny, cabaker!
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