Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Obama Reaches Out To Clinton, Ties McCain To Bush

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama tonight showcased superior optics in his St. Paul, Minn., appearance, a raucus rally that made John McCain's remarks earlier seem like an after-dinner at a local party fund-raiser.

Obama, now with the math indisputably on his side, used his historic moment to heap generosity on his long-time rival for the nomination, Hillary Clinton.

"I am a better candidate for having had the honor of running against Hillary Rodham Clinton," Obama said.

He mentioned his wife Michelle, and two daughters, and then dedicated the night to his grandmother in Hawaii -- perhaps presaging an upcoming biographical tour that no doubt will tout the role of strong women in his life.

In largely thematic speech, Obama did quickly train his rhetoric on McCain, the Arizona senator and presumptive Republican nominee.

"It's not change when John McCain decided to stand with George W. Bush 95 percent of the time as did in the Senate last year," Obama said.

He then moved to the economy and suggested that McCain's focus on trips to Iraq showed something of a disconnect with economic troubles in U.S. communities

And Obama got off a good shot at McCain: "I respect his many accomplishments even if he chooses to deny mine."

Obama said there are many words to describe McCain's evolving platform.

"Change is not one of them," Obama said.

This post first appeared at Iowa Independent.com.

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