Hillary Clinton Supporters YOU Are Welcome In The GOP
Senator Barack Obama has angered senior allies of his vanquished Democratic rival Senator Hillary Clinton by telling them to "get over it".
Barack Obama is trying to woo Hillary Clinton's supporters
At a meeting with members of the Congressional Black Caucus last week, reported by ABC News, Mr Obama urged women who had backed Mrs Clinton to support him against John McCain, the Republican nominee.
"If women take a moment to realise that on every issue important to women, John McCain is not in their corner, that would help them get over it," he said, according to Congresswoman Yvette Clark. Yeah Right!
The phrase "get over it" was viewed as dismissive by some of those present. "Don't use that terminology," Congresswoman Diane Watson told him.
Such raw tension at the meeting underlined the difficulties Mr Obama has to overcome when wooing Mrs Clinton's supporters in advance of their first joint public appearance in New Hampshire on Friday.
The self-consciously symbolic venue for their show of togetherness will be the small town of Unity, where Mr Obama and Mrs Clinton each received 107 votes in the state's primary contest in January. They will have held a joint fundraising event at Washington's Mayflower Hotel the previous evening.
Some of Mr Obama's advisers believe that Mrs Clinton's supporters have been sore losers while the former First Lady's camp is frustrated that plans to help her repay campaign debts of more than $10 million have not yet ben finalised.
President Bill Clinton has yet to endorse Mr Obama and during a speech to the US Conference of Mayors on Sunday mentioned the Democratic nominee just once - to praise him for supporting a programme started during the Clinton administration.
At a Bronx high school graduation ceremony, the closest Mrs Clinton came to mentioning Mr Obama was when she said: "No one five years ago, or four years ago, could have conceived that an African-American and a woman would be competing for the president of the United States."
There are bruised feelings in the Obama camp too. At the Congressional Black Caucus meeting, he said pointedly that "there's healing on both sides" to be done.
He reminded the congressmen and women that he had held his tongue even when Clinton allies had falsely suggested he was a Muslim and when the candidate herself had said he was not ready to be commander-in-chief.
Mr Obama dispatched his wife Michelle to Washington at the weekend in an attempt to mend bridges. Mrs Obama spoke to the National Partnership for Women & Families, whose board members include the prominent Clinton supporters Ellen Malcolm, Judith Lichtman and Cheryl Mills.
Can you believe the audacity of this guy? Get Over It? I think Harriet up there in the video at the top of this page said it best. Well I'm here to welcome all you disenfranchized Hillay Clinton supporters a new home in the GOP. We are a big tent and Barack Obama isnt what you guy's are looking for in a President. You guy's need John McCain, Hillary's long time ally. Because I think you guy's know as well as we do that Barack Obama does NOT have the experience to run this Country especially while we are at War, Oil prices skyrocketing, Getting our dependence on Forein Oil to come to an end, Bringing our Troops home Victorious, and the stakes in this election are just to high. So come on over and join us in defeating Barack Obama :-)