Obama reaches out to Clinton supporters

Posted on June 6, 2008

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Senator Obama has a tough job ahead of him. After a long and occasionally ugly primary battle between himself and Sen. Clinton, there’s a lot frayed edges on both sides. In fact, we’re already starting to see signs that some of Clinton’s more conservative Democratic supporters are so frayed by Sen. Obama that they’re going to support Sen. McCain instead. That this goes against their best interests almost goes without saying. But when you’re really, really, really angry, you’ll occasionally argue that the sky is a beautiful shade of plaid instead of the usual blue, all evidence to the contrary.

So I’m going to try to do quick little blurbs here on S&R from now until the convention that describe and show examples of what Obama and his campaign are doing to reach out to Clinton’s supporters, both party VIPs and the average voter. If you know of examples you think should be more widely publicized, please let us know via the Contact page.

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Wednesday’s Minnesota Post, Clinton supporters wowed with warm reception at Obama rally

Last night, after he had finished the sort of speech that leaves his followers exhilarated and exhausted, Obama did not just leave the arena. Nor did he head to the nearest television camera or the nearest fat cat.

Instead, he went to a room where the Clinton supporters had been gathered and one by one, shook the hands of the 25 people, stopping to chat with each of them.

“Chris (Coleman) walked around the room with him,” said Stevenson, “and introduced each one of us.”

It was really pretty extraordinary.

“He shook my hand and said, ‘Thank you for being here; I’m sure it’s not easy,'” said Stevenson of her meeting with Obama. “I thanked him and said that everyone involved in his campaign had been so gracious. I didn’t know what to say, so I mentioned that my daughter works for a federal health clinic. And he knew right away which program I was talking about. He said, ‘Oh that’s wonderful.'”

The whole evening had been filled with similar graciousness and kindness, Stevenson said.

She had arrived at the building with Humphrey, and as they were taken to their seats, people kept stopping to hug them and thank them for being there.

All of the other Clinton supporters received similar treatment.

In his speech, Obama had so many kind things to say about Clinton that her supporters often found themselves on their feet, applauding with the nearly 20,000 Obama zealots inside the arena.

This election is too important for Democrats to remain, or allow themselves to be kept, divided.

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