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Obama gets hero’s welcome in Senate

By Jared Allen
Posted: 06/04/08 01:24 PM

Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) received a hero’s welcome home in the Senate Wednesday as he returned to vote on the budget a day after he clinched the Democratic presidential nomination over his colleague Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.).

Obama strode into the chamber shortly before noon, led by Sens. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and headed to the desk to cast his vote in favor of the Democrats' budget. He did not make it far, though, before being greeted by a bevy of members wanting to share a handshake, a hug and a few laughs with the new Democratic standard-bearer.

Clinton, who did not concede the contest to Obama, did not make it into the chamber and did not vote. It was not immediately clear if she returned to the Senate at all on Wednesday. Earlier, she was speaking to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in Washington.

But if Tuesday night’s delegate count wasn’t proof enough that the nomination is over, Obama’s Senate colleagues reinforced the message in full.



06.04.08 -- 3:18PM
By Josh Marshall

From Roll Call ...

Furthermore, during a Senate vote Wednesday, Obama dragged Lieberman by the hand to a far corner of the Senate chamber and engaged in what appeared to reporters in the gallery as an intense, three-minute conversation.

While it was unclear what the two were discussing, the body language suggested that Obama was trying to convince Lieberman of something and his stance appeared slightly intimidating.

Using forceful, but not angry, hand gestures, Obama literally backed up Lieberman against the wall, leaned in very close at times, and appeared to be trying to dominate the conversation, as the two talked over each other in a few instances.

Still, Obama and Lieberman seemed to be trying to keep the back-and-forth congenial as they both patted each other on the back during and after the exchange.

Afterwards, Obama smiled and pointed up at reporters peering over the edge of the press gallery for a better glimpse of their interaction.

Obama loyalists were quick to express their frustration with Lieberman's decision and warned that if he continues to take a lead role in attacking Obama it could complicate his professional relationship with the Caucus.

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  -Obama gets hero’s welcome in Senate (and a conversation with Lieberman) ProSense  Jun-04-08 03:07 PM   #0 
  - Holy shit...street gang stuff!  graywarrior   Jun-04-08 03:09 PM   #1 
  - "Joe, thanks for mentoring me, but...  dmesg   Jun-04-08 03:09 PM   #2 
  - heh  YDogg   Jun-04-08 03:12 PM   #6 
  - Who can fight the good fight for us & do it with a smile on his face? Obama!  NotThisTime   Jun-04-08 03:23 PM   #17 
  - Oh, MAN! To be a fly on the wall at that conversation. n/t  SteppingRazor   Jun-04-08 03:09 PM   #3 
  - They showed him and Liberman on CNN  BrentTaylor   Jun-04-08 03:11 PM   #4 
  - gobama.....  gblady   Jun-04-08 03:17 PM   #13 
  - backed him up against a wall!  ErinBerin84   Jun-04-08 03:11 PM   #5 
  - Way to play hardball. GOBAMA! Take that DINO on!  anonymous171   Jun-04-08 03:12 PM   #7 
  - Good gossip.  RUMMYisFROSTED   Jun-04-08 03:12 PM   #8 
  - So Hill couldn't face her Senate colleagues & do right by her constituents by voting on the budget.  Divernan   Jun-04-08 03:15 PM   #9 
  - Typical Veruca Bullshit. No need to be surprised.  Independent-Voter   Jun-04-08 03:20 PM   #15 
  - Hey, she's fought every day for 35 years nonstop for Dem issues. she didn't.  blm   Jun-04-08 03:21 PM   #16 
  - I love it! Would also love to know what the heck was said. Gotta love Claire too.  faithfulcitizen   Jun-04-08 03:15 PM   #10 
  - Is Obama a Marxist, Joe? "That's a good question!"  olkaz   Jun-04-08 03:15 PM   #11 
  - Obama told Lieberman, "If you keep talking smack, you and I are going to have to go to  IsItJustMe   Jun-04-08 03:17 PM   #12 
  - Heh. Joementum musta been shittin' bricks.  americanstranger   Jun-04-08 03:18 PM   #14 
  - I bet it pissed Holy Joe off too..  tridim   Jun-04-08 03:23 PM   #20 
  - Obama is one of the few politicians that I like more  sfexpat2000   Jun-04-08 03:23 PM   #18 
  - You aren't alone, that seems to be the general consensus once people learn about him  NotThisTime   Jun-04-08 03:25 PM   #22 
  - Being a senator is such a cushy job  lsusteel   Jun-04-08 03:23 PM   #19 
  - heh, not nearly as easy as you think.  Elrond Hubbard   Jun-04-08 05:36 PM   #27 
  - I would like to commend the next president of the United States  northernsoul   Jun-04-08 03:25 PM   #21 
  - nice  texasleo   Jun-04-08 03:27 PM   #23 
  - I bet the house that it is over Obama's Israeli stance  oviedodem   Jun-04-08 03:31 PM   #24 
  - Joe has to be very happy. nt  jasmine621   Jun-04-08 05:36 PM   #26 
  - k&r  Swamp Rat   Jun-04-08 05:33 PM   #25 
  - Wonder what Obama said? I do know that Lieberman was probably quaking in fear.  Elrond Hubbard   Jun-04-08 05:36 PM   #28 
  - K & R  Scurrilous   Jun-04-08 05:41 PM   #29 
  - Fascinating  debbierlus   Jun-04-08 05:43 PM   #30 
  - DNC  ProSense   Jun-04-08 06:09 PM   #31 
  - WE NEED VIDEO!!!  SoFlaJet   Jun-04-08 06:13 PM   #32 
  - I wish there were pictures.  bhikkhu   Jun-04-08 06:34 PM   #33 
  - Thank you for posting, enjoyed reading about it!  WA98296   Jun-04-08 06:40 PM   #34 
  - he's demanding Lieberman accept his VP offer  Enrique   Jun-04-08 06:42 PM   #35 
  - hmm, obama soundin kinda evil in that last one. id like to see footage of that.  goletian   Jun-04-08 06:45 PM   #36 

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