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Gondoliers for Obama! This is seriously wonderful and wonderfully fun from one of my favorite cities on earth, Venice. As it turns out, Barry has at least two fans there, and one is very vocal. Enjoy this.


In the words of Rabbi Steve Bob, “When 300 rabbis agree on anything, you know something is going on.”

He’s co-chair of Rabbis for Obama, which issued a letter on its website that begins:

As rabbis who believe that Barack Obama is the best candidate to be President of the United States, we have formed “Rabbis for Obama” as a grassroots organization of rabbis from all movements and backgrounds. We join together to support Senator Obama for President, and we do so in the belief that he will best support the issues important to us in the Jewish community.

The member rabbis span the Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist and Orthodox streams.

h/t Jerusalem Post

Britain’s Prime Minister Gordon Brown (Labour) has endorsed Barack Obama’s presidential bid.

Writing in the Parliamentary Monitor magazine, Brown said,  “In the electrifying US presidential campaign, it is the Democrats who are generating the ideas to help people through more difficult times. To help prevent people from losing their home, Barack Obama has proposed a Foreclosure Prevention Fund to increase emergency pre-foreclosure counselling, and help families facing repossession.”

In the same article, Brown said he would “rethink” Labour policies. More from the Telegraph here.

Earlier today, former New York mayor Ed Koch, a Democrat, also endorsed Obama and called Sarah Palin “scary.” That’s the same sentiment as mega-conservative Ben Stein, who said last week, “She scares me.”

Al Gore is finally set to endorse Barack Obama at a Michigan rally tonight. Gore announced it in an email to Obama supporters:

” A few hours from now I will step on stage in Detroit, Michigan to announce my support for Senator Barack Obama. From now through Election Day, I intend to do whatever I can to make sure he is elected President of the United States.

” Over the next four years, we are going to face many difficult challenges — including bringing our troops home from Iraq, fixing our economy, and solving the climate crisis. Barack Obama is clearly the candidate best able to solve these problems and bring change to America.

” I’ve never asked members of to contribute to a political campaign before, but this moment and this election are too important to let pass without taking action.

” That’s why I am asking you to join me today in showing your support for Barack Obama by making a contribution to his campaign today:

” Over the past 18 months, Barack Obama has united a movement. He knows change does not come from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue or Capitol Hill. It begins when people stand up and take action.

“With the help of millions of supporters like you, Barack Obama will bring the change we so desperately need in order to solve our country’s most pressing problems.

“If you’ve already contributed to Barack Obama’s campaign, I ask that you consider making another contribution. If you haven’t, please join the movement right now:

“On the issues that matter most, Barack Obama is clearly the right choice to lead our nation. We have a lot of work to do in the next few months to elect Barack Obama president and it begins by making a contribution to his campaign today. Thank you for everything you do,

Al Gore” 

Gore, a former senator, served two terms as Bill Clinton’s vice president and was the Democrats’ nominee in 2000.

Former presidential candidate John Edwards has announced he will endorse Barack Obama, another sign of the Democratic establishment coalescing around Obama.

Edwards, a former North Carolina senator, dropped out of the race in late January. Both Obama and Hillary Clinton asked for his backing but until now, he’s remained mum. As a White House candidate,  Edwards enjoyed the support of white, working-class Democrats, the same voters who make up Clinton’s base.

Earlier today, Obama won the endorsement of NARAL.

Related: NARAL switches its support to Obama

The National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL), which has supported Hillary Clinton throughout her political career, has endorsed Barack Obama for the presidency. An announcement is expected today.

An AP report, posted on a blog on the Obama site, says “NARAL’s political committee board was about evenly divided among Clinton and Obama supporters and that the decision to endorse was hard fought. Ultimately, the board voted unanimously Friday to support the Illinois senator.”

NARAL is the country’s leading abortion rights advocate.

Barack Obama has picked up the support of five more superdelegates, including US Representative Donald Payne. Payne is a member of the Congressinal Black Caucus and had been a Clinton supporter.

In addition, the American Federation of Government Employees, with 600,000 members, has endorsed Obama.

Clinton has picked up one superdelegate; current figures show Obama with 268 to Clinton’s 271.5.

We haven’t heard much from Caroline Kennedy since she endorsed Barack Obama before Super Tuesday. Today, email bearing her name was sent to supporters urging participation in a new organizing operation. Sounds ideal for young adults who can volunteer during the summer.

Here’s the email, edited for redundancy:

Friend —

My father called on Americans to ask what they could do for their country.

Those who answered his call built a movement that transformed our country and brought out the best in our national character.

Barack Obama has followed in that tradition — dedicating himself to public service as a community organizer on the South Side of Chicago and then as a state and U.S. Senator.

Now, Barack is calling on a new generation of leaders to get involved and help transform this country.

The Obama Organizing Fellowship is designed not just to help win this election, but to strengthen our democracy by training dedicated volunteers in communities across the country.

Answer the call. Ask what you can do — for this movement, for our democracy, and for this country.

Apply to be an Obama Organizing Fellow today.

Fellows will participate in an intensive and rewarding training program focused on the basic organizing principles at the heart of Barack’s campaign.

Then, in June, they will be assigned to a community where they will receive a minimum of six weeks of real world organizing experience that will have a concrete impact on this election.

The application deadline is Thursday, May 15th.

Thank you,
Caroline Kennedy

P.S. — If you cannot make the commitment required to be an Obama Organizing Fellow, I hope you will pass this message along to someone you know who might be interested.

Joe Andrew, a superdelegate and former head of the Democatic National Committee (DNC) has endorsed Barack Obama, reversing the endorsement he gave to Hillary Clinton the day she announced her candidacy. He plans to urge other superdelegates to do the same.

“This has got to come to an end,” he told reporters in Indianapolis, just five days before the critical Indiana primary. “A vote to continue this process is a vote that assists John McCain…The ship is taking on water…We need to patch these holes.”

Andrew was appointed head of the DNC in 1999 by then-president Bill Clinton and was party head during the “hanging chad” election in 2000.

Julie Nixon and David Eisenhower on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post at the time of their engagementIt’s one thing for an über-Democrat political offspring like Caroline Kennedy to endorse Barack Obama. It’s another for an über-Republican to back him.

While not an official endorsement, Julie Nixon Eisenhower — daughter of Richard, wife of Ike’s grandson — has donated the maximum allowed to Barack Obama’s campaign. That’s $2,300.

She’s almost 60 now. She was one of her father’s staunchest supporters during Watergate; an iconic photo of her hugging him the night of his resignation made the front page of The Washington Post the next day.

But in happier times she and David — for whom the presidential retreat, Camp David, is named — landed on magazine covers during their engagement and marriage.

Her father, by the way, died 14 years ago today.

Bruce Springsteen endorsed Barack Obama today. Writing on his website, Springsteen said he has concluded Obama is “head and shoulders” above the other candidates.

Rock star Bruce Springsteen has endorsed Obama for president. This photo is the cover of his new album, Magic.

He has the depth, the reflectiveness, and the resilience to be our next President. He speaks to the America I’ve envisioned in my music for the past 35 years, a generous nation with a citizenry willing to tackle nuanced and complex problems, a country that’s interested in its collective destiny and in the potential of its gathered spirit.

The rocker also said it’s time for a reclamation project after the damage of the last eight years.


Rolling Stone magazine endorses Barack Obama for presidentThe whole Obama-as-rock star thing has already become a cliche, but maybe it’s reached its zenith with him landing on the cover of Rolling Stone and getting its endorsement to boot.

Publisher Jann Wenner says, in a lengthy endorsementObama has emerged by displaying precisely the kind of character and judgment we need in a president: renouncing the politics of fear, speaking frankly on the most pressing issues facing the country and sticking to his principles. He recognizes that running for president is an opportunity to inspire an entire nation.

The issue’s cover story, The Machinery of Hope, is a look at the inner workings of Obama’s grass-roots field organizations. There’s also a gallery of more than five dozen photos from various stages of Obama’s life.

Just think, Barry! was only six years old when Wenner founded Rolling Stone.

It is a cliche to call the Teamsters Union the “powerful” Teamsters Union, but if there is power in numbers, the cliche is appropriate. The union has 1.4 million members and has just endorsed Barack Obama.

Teamsters President James Hoffa says there was “very, very strong support” for Barry. The Teamsters, according to Hoffa, have 17,000 members in Texas and 60,000 in Ohio. Both states’ primaries are March 4 and both are must-wins for Hillary Clinton if she is to remain a viable candidate.

More information about the endorsement is here.  The Teamsters site is here.

And Hoffa’s dad is still missing, 33 years and counting.


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