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Obama Texts Relief Message

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ST. PAUL, Minn.–The Barack Obama presidential campaign sent text messages at 3 p.m. Monday to its supporters requesting they send $5 donations to the Red Cross as aid in the relief effort for the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Gustav.

–Samuel Rubenfeld


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September 2, 2008 at 12:43 am

‘Luv’ Gov. Paterson Pushes Party Unity

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DENVER–At the final breakfast for the New York delegation, Gov. David Paterson pushed for party unity while recognizing the historical gravity of the fight by the most fervent Clinton supporters to get her on the ticket.

He asked how African-Americans would have reacted if they had fought so hard and to not get on the ticket.

Also flashing his trademark humor, he began his talk by saying he couldn’t see the “We Luv Our Gov” signs held by the delegates and guests.

Some women shouted, “We love you David!” to which he responded, “My past is coming back to haunt me,” poking fun at his admitted affairs during the 1970s.

–Samuel Rubenfeld

Update: Video of speech:

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August 29, 2008 at 5:24 am

Obama Upstages Biden In ‘Surprise’ Appearance

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Barack Obama giving Jill Biden a kiss after striding out on stage to end the third night of the Democratic National Convention. (Samuel Rubenfeld/The Chronicle)

Barack Obama giving Jill Biden a kiss after striding out on stage to end the third night of the Democratic National Convention. (Samuel Rubenfeld/The Chronicle)

By Samuel Rubenfeld


DENVER–The rock star closer relieved the set-up man Wednesday night.

After Joe Biden, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, delivered a much-improvised speech – so much so that the Democratic National Committee had to reissue his speech verbatim since is was so different than the original – Barack Obama walked out and upstaged him.

Biden said Obama’s was an example of “the great American story,” and lauded him for his courage and judgement throughout his life.

But after the speech concluded and people began leaving their seats, Barack Obama strode on stage, announced as a “very special surprise guest” by Jill Biden, Joe’s wife.

“Hello Democrats,” Obama said, to thunderous applause. “I just wanted to come out here for a little, little something to say.

“I want everybody to understand why I am so proud to have Joe Biden and Jill Biden and Beau Biden and Mama Biden and the whole Biden family with me on this journey to take America back,” he said.

He thanked each of the major speakers from the last three nights, including Bill and Hillary Clinton. “I think Hillary rocked the house last night, don’t you think?” he said, then applauding himself for 15 seconds. “And, just in case you were wondering, I think President Clinton reminded us of what it was like when a president put people first.”

During Biden’s speech, he attacked McCain forcefully, but only after saying their friendship transcended politics. “We’ve traveled the world together,” Biden said.

Biden also notably made a Freudian slip sure to last throughout the duration of the campaign. After describing what he called an American dream slipping away, Biden said: “That’s the America that George Bush has left us, and that’s the America we’ll continue to get if George – excuse me – if John McCain is elected president of the United States of America.”

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August 28, 2008 at 1:18 am

John Kerry Launches Flip-Flop Attack On McCain

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DENVER–Using self-deprecating wit, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, assailed John McCain for his stances on an assortment of policy issues.

First calling him a “friend for almost 22 years,” Kerry attacked McCain for changing his position on multiple issues.

“Candidate McCain now supports the wartime tax cuts that Senator McCain once denounced as immoral. Candidate McCain criticizes Senator McCain’s own climate change bill. Candidate McCain says he would now vote against the immigration bill that Senator McCain wrote,” he said.

“Are you kidding? Talk about being for it before you’re against it,” Kerry said, echoing a line he used in 2004 as a presidential candidate at a town hall meeting that Republicans pounced on at the time, painting Kerry’s waffling on issues as a reason not to vote for him. “Let me tell you, before he ever debates Barack Obama, John McCain should finish the debate with himself.”

McCain, it should be noted, was once a possible running mate for Kerry’s ticket in 2004.

–Samuel Rubenfeld

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August 28, 2008 at 12:44 am

Bill Clinton Charms Convention, Strongly Backs Obama

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Bill Clinton walks onstage to an ovation of flag-waving supporters before praising Barack Obama during his speech at the Democratic National Convention. (Samuel Rubenfeld/The Chronicle)

Bill Clinton walks onstage to an ovation of flag-waving supporters before praising Barack Obama during his speech at the Democratic National Convention. (Samuel Rubenfeld/The Chronicle)

DENVER–Former President Bill Clinton performed as expected.

He extolled Barack Obama and attacked the Republican rival John McCain during his highly anticipated primetime speech Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention, and his southern drawl stopped the milling on the convention floor cold.

“I am honored to be here tonight to support Barack Obama,” Clinton said.

He also went further in his praise than Hillary Clinton did: Bill Clinton praised Obama’s personality and his biography. “He has a remarkable ability to inspire people, to raise our hopes and rally us to high purpose.  He has the intelligence and curiosity every successful President needs,” Clinton said.

The attacks on McCain were frequent, highlighted by juxtaposing a hypothetical McCain first term with the last two Bush terms, saying “the third time is not the charm.”

The convention hall was completely full; each entrance into the seating area had lines of more than 20 people waiting for a seat.

–Samuel Rubenfeld

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August 28, 2008 at 12:13 am

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Obama Officially Becomes Democratic Presidential Nominee

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DENVER–There were reports of tears in the eyes of black leaders on the convention floor as Barack Obama, the son of a black Kenyan man and a white Kansan woman, officially became the presidential nominee of the Democratic Party.

After the New York delegation cast its votes for Obama, at 4:48 p.m. local time, Hillary Clinton motioned for the roll call to end and for Obama to receive the nomination by acclamation, or voice vote.

“Let’s declare together in one voice, right here and right now, that Barack Obama is our candidate and he will be our president,” Clinton said.

“I move that Senator Barack Obama of Illinois be selected by this convention by acclamation as the Democratic nominee for president of the United States,” she said, causing the hall to erupt and begin chanting “Hillary! Hillary! Hillary!”

The move comes after Clinton released her delegates earlier in the afternoon at an event in the Colorado Convention Center.

Update: Photos of the acclamation moment from Irene Jay Liu of The Albany Times-Union.

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August 27, 2008 at 8:17 pm

Police Assemble, Preparing For Protesters

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DENVER–Police assembled outside the Pepsi Center Wednesday afternoon while proceedings began inside.

One officer told a Reuters reporter they were preparing for protesters leaving the Rage Against The Machine concert held at the Denver coliseum, which attracted up to 9,000 people.


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–Samuel Rubenfeld

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August 27, 2008 at 7:34 pm