Barack Obama/Bill Clinton Florida Rally Thread

As I said when the event was first announced, the Barack Obama/Bill Clinton rally in Orlando is a major coup for the Obama campaign, an opportunity to dominate the news coverage for an extra day. Indeed, it looks like both CNN and MSNBC will run the event live (that's a lot of Obama for the evening!), as may some of the local stations in Florida, and coverage of the joint appearance should continue well into tomorrow.

Obama and Clinton are chatting backstage as Florida's senior Senator Bill Nelson warms up the crowd. The main event should start soon.

Update [2008-10-29 23:21:5 by Jonathan Singer]: Oh, it's on. Don't have cable? Check out the rally on CNN.com.

Update [2008-10-29 23:24:11 by Todd Beeton]:Here ya go:

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Update [2008-10-29 23:30:28 by Todd Beeton]:Barack Obama: "In case you all forgot, this is what it's like to have a great president." Wow. "Bill Clinton, give it up! Nobody makes the case for change that helps the middle class like Bill Clinton. Nobody."

Update [2008-10-29 23:32:51 by Todd Beeton]:I see a McCain ad in our future: Bill Clinton telling the crowd "He talked to his advisors and said 'Tell me what the right thing to do is.'"

Update [2008-10-29 23:37:54 by Todd Beeton]:It was interesting to talk about Barack in the same terms that he used to speak about Hillary, when he said Barack will be the sort of president who "makes positive change in people's lives."

Update [2008-10-30 1:28:11 by Todd Beeton]:Look at this absolutely glowing coverage of the Obama/Clinton event tonight:

Portraying harmony like never before, Bill Clinton hailed Barack Obama on Wednesday, a power pairing designed to inspire Democrats already smelling victory.

"Barack Obama represents America's future, and you've got to be there for him next Tuesday," Clinton, with Obama at his side, said to the cheers of a partisan crowd.

Heaping praise on President Bush's predecessor, Obama said of Clinton: "In case all of you forgot, this is what it's like to have a great president."

Tags: Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, FL-Pres, Florida, White House 2008 (all tags)

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25 Comments

Re: Barack Obama/Bill Clinton Florida Rally Thread

I'm sorry..... but, even with all the ugliness of the primary season... I still really like Bill Clinton!  He's great!

by LordMike 2008-10-29 07:18PM | 0 recs
Just see the detailed defense of Obama's plan...

by louisprandtl 2008-10-29 07:22PM | 0 recs
As Harry Caray Said

The big possums walk late...

by Deeg 2008-10-29 07:25PM | 0 recs
Re: Barack Obama/Bill Clinton Florida Rally Thread

Tonight is a perfect example of dominating the news cycle.

by lqbruin 2008-10-29 07:33PM | 0 recs
Dominating the news cycle
You said it.

The Obama campaign fires on all cylinders, all day long. Axelrod, Plouffe, Joe Biden, the Clintons, and thousands upon thousands of volunteers have kept the machine well-oiled and purring along for 20 months. Now we have to kick it into overdrive for the final stretch, and the Big Dog just poured in the rocket fuel.

God Bless Bill!

by Spiffarino 2008-10-29 07:37PM | 0 recs
Re: Dominating the news cycle
Yep.  Obama is THE definition of Gravitas.
McCain?  Sure, keep talking about how great a decision Palin was or how Obama "may be" a socialist.
The Americans will choose...
by lqbruin 2008-10-29 07:41PM | 0 recs
Not so fast Mr. Singer.

I see a McCain ad in our future: Bill Clinton telling the crowd "He talked to his advisors and said 'Tell me what the right thing to do is.'"

Todd, would rather have him walk in front of the press core and announce that he was "suspending his campaign" then jet of to NYC for a day and meet with  U.N delegations?  

McCain's ad team is garbage.  There is no MONEY left in McCain's coffers.  5 days to go guys.

by nzubechukwu 2008-10-29 07:36PM | 0 recs
Re: Not so fast Mr. Singer.

Was there a gaffe by Clinton?

by esconded 2008-10-29 07:41PM | 0 recs
why is that a gaffe?

by louisprandtl 2008-10-29 07:44PM | 0 recs
Re: why is that a gaffe?

This pinpoints the danger of McCain's presidency: obviously McCain makes decisions impulsively, and is unable to pick good advisers and listen to them.

by french imp 2008-10-29 11:26PM | 0 recs
Well I thought that was the point of Clinton..

I'm not sure why that is referred to as a gaffe?

by louisprandtl 2008-10-30 01:14PM | 0 recs
Re: why is that a gaffe?

This pinpoints the danger of McCain's presidency: obviously McCain makes decisions impulsively, and is unable to pick good advisers and listen to them.

by french imp 2008-10-29 11:26PM | 0 recs
Re: Not so fast Mr. Singer.

Escon, even if there were one.  It's to late for McCain to jump on it.  Honestly, everyday it's a new line coming out of the McCain Campaign.  Using Clinton's words against Obama will not help McCain gain ground.

by nzubechukwu 2008-10-29 07:44PM | 0 recs
Re: Not so fast Mr. Singer.

Yes.  Clinton called him a Marxist and a proponent of black nationalism, then officially endorsed the McCain campaign.

Give it a rest already.

by rfahey22 2008-10-29 07:45PM | 0 recs
Re: Not so fast Mr. Singer.

Esconded, between this and EVERY FRICKING MOVE IN THE POLLS, you are sure seeming to be a negative nelly these days...

What's going on?  

by WashStateBlue 2008-10-29 07:48PM | 0 recs
Re: Barack Obama/Bill Clinton Florida Rally Thread

Oh, Bill Clinton brought that home.  So awesome!

by Ellinorianne 2008-10-29 07:37PM | 0 recs
Mmm... Marker...

Hey Everyone...

Guess which future President is going to owe the wife of a past President BIG TIME in 2016?  

by yitbos96bb 2008-10-29 07:52PM | 0 recs
Re: Mmm... Marker...
2016???
Nah!  She'll be on the US Supreme Court well before then!
by lqbruin 2008-10-29 07:56PM | 0 recs
Re: Barack Obama/Bill Clinton Florida Rally Thread

That was wonderful!  I loved seeing the last Democratic President and the next Democratic President standing there together.  Kind of like brothers in arms.  Terrific!

by GFORD 2008-10-29 07:59PM | 0 recs
Florida Rally Thread

Did anyone else notice the song at the end was Hillary's song in the primaries?  

by Vox Populi 2008-10-29 08:01PM | 0 recs
Re: Florida Rally Thread

I think it was Obama's.  "Signed, Sealed, Delivered," by the most awesome Stevie Wonder

by lqbruin 2008-10-29 08:05PM | 0 recs
Re: Florida Rally Thread

Yeah, he's been using "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" for quite a while now.

by rfahey22 2008-10-29 08:08PM | 0 recs
Something for the West

Smart Move.  

In the Pacific Time Zone, the cable networks aired the infomercial at 5pm local time (nobody was home from work yet).  Only the two broadcast networks had it on at the advertised 8PM time slot (time delayed of course).  So, instead of a seven channel saturation it was fairly easy to miss.

But, if you did catch it, they moved into the 'live' event for the last two minutes of purchased time.  There it ends on broadcast TV, but if you started switching to see more of this rally you picked it up 'live' on CNN.

That's smart. I can't even tell if the CNN broadcast is a repeat of an earlier one.  

A good closer for the campaign addressed directly to the undecideds,  unfiltered by the MSM.

by NvDem 2008-10-29 08:17PM | 0 recs
Re: Barack Obama/Bill Clinton Florida Rally Thread

Wouldn't be quite so exciting, or such big deal, if Clinton had supported him all along. As it is, really bfd.

by Natasha Chart 2008-10-29 09:57PM | 0 recs
Re: Barack Obama/Bill Clinton Florida Rally Thread

You're right. This campaign is very strong in many respects, in particularr, timing.

It's the political equivalent of a prelude and fugue from the well-tempered clavier...

by french imp 2008-10-29 11:33PM | 0 recs

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