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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-12-08 10:07 PM
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The Bidens, Oprah, Dean, Plouffe at WLF last week. Sweet story by the Bidens.
Plus Michelle Obama, here's a video. Others were there, but there is nothing much in the news about it.

I loved this part about the Bidens as they spoke at the Women's Leadership Forum in Chicago. What a sweet story.

Bidens wow the crowd



There is a palpable affection and admiration between the two of them that seems all too rare in public figures, where the marriage seems more for show than substance. Some political couples seem oddly matched or indifferent to each other. Jill and Joe Biden, though, seem like the real deal.

Jill (or Dr. Jill) came out to introduce her husband, and did so with a mixture of admiration and good-natured ribbing. She told the story of how she came home after receiving her PhD to signs on the front of their house saying, "Home of DR. Jill Biden." It was the kind of thoughtful gesture that Joe was prone to do.

Joe Biden immediately told the story of one of his constituents, an elderly, straight-shooting woman named Mabel who told him after meeting Jill, "Boy, you are marrying up."

He spent the next few minutes talking about what a smart, wonderful woman he is married to. He said that when Jill decided to pursue her Ph.D, after getting two masters degrees while working and raising kids, she told him, "I'm tired of getting mail addressed to 'Senator and Mrs. Biden'. I'd like to get mail to 'Senator and Dr. Biden'." He cautioned us that if we ever send letters to their house to be sure to address it to "Senator and Dr. Biden".


I think Oprah spoke first.

Oprah at Leadership forum



Oprah said that we were all assembled here because we are the leaders and servants for the new America. We stand for every woman who fought for this nation. "We are here because we heard his incredible call, each in our own way."

She quoted "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman," in which Miss Jane looks at a tiny baby and says, "Are you the one?"

"We now know who is the one...We need to add our fire to his spark, and with that, America will not be the same. Barack Obama represents the best of the American character and the brightest American dreams. He is the one."


Howard Dean spoke after Oprah.

WFL Dean and Plouffe



Right after Oprah, Howard Dean got up to speak at the Women's Leadership Forum. He said, "I guess I've learned now never to follow Oprah."

Gov. Dean gave an update on how the funding from the Women's Leadership Forum had helped the Democratic Party's Fifty State Strategy to win congressional seats in Mississippi, Louisiana, and the governorship of Arizona.

He mentioned a number of hotly contested races of Democratic women running for office around the country, including Kay Hagen in North Carolina, who is now running ahead of Elizabeth Dole for Senate. He said that was due to 220,000 new Democrats registered in North Carolina, which will also help Bev Purdue, who is running for Governor there. In New Hampshire, Gov. Jean Shaheen is running ahead of incumbent John Sununu in the polls for Senate. He said all the Democratic down-ballot candidates are being helped by the Obama-Biden campaigning.

Dean said that one thing we could all do to help the party is to VOTE EARLY and encourage everyone we know to vote early as well to avoid potential problems on Election Day.


David Plouffe had some words.



Next up was Obama Campaign Manager, David Plouffe. I probably get 10 emails a week from this guy, and it was nice to finally see what he looks like, and hear that his name is pronounced like "Pluff" not "Ploof" as I thought. You live, you learn.

David had a slide presentation of a map of the United States in various colors, red for strong McCain, dark blue for strong Obama, pink for leaning McCain, light blue for leaning Obama, and gray for toss-ups or battleground states. He said that they have many paths to the 270 electoral voes needed to win the election, but McCain's path is narrowing. The good news that McCain had pulled out of Michigan last week was a testament to all the hard work being done in that state.

He said that the McCain campaign would likely get nastier in the weeks to come and that we should "strap on our seatbelts, because it's going to be a rough ride."

Plouffe's presentation was very straightforward, and though he had encouraging news, he also acknowledged that nothing is certain. He wanted us all to work hard for the final push to November 4. He encouraged everyone to use the Neighbor to Neighbor tools, and talk one-on-one with people in your neighborhoods, make phone calls, and reach out to people.



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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-12-08 10:19 PM
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1. Thanks! Great Read!
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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-14-08 11:41 AM
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15. And nice people.
:hi:
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dgibby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-12-08 10:27 PM
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2. I like Vice President and Dr. Biden even better!
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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-12-08 10:36 PM
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3. I love that he put signs in the yard..."home of Dr. Jill Biden"
That was just sweet.
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dmr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-12-08 10:38 PM
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4. The New America ... yes, I like that. It swells my heart with hope,
hope I haven't felt in many long, long, long years.

Thanks for telling us about this meeting. I wish I could have been there.

:)
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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-13-08 10:08 AM
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10. I wish I could find more about it.
It just sounded so good to hear about. I checked at the Obama website and did not see anything.
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dmr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-13-08 10:32 AM
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11. So, let's coin it! The New America!!
I looked around for it too yesterday and found nothing.

I like it. It puts a smile on my face.

Seriously though, the New America is going to be a long and hard struggle. President Obama and Vice-President Biden are going to need our support, even when things get dicey, and we on the left get impatient for good changes to happen.

The New America.

Hot-Ziggity-Dog!
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kas125 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-14-08 06:40 PM
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22. Okay, you asked for it - more information than you probably want to know.
Note the ticket prices at the end!! So, as long as I'm posting this, I have to say publicly - THANK YOU, SUE!!! (my friend, Sue gave me a ticket!)


Women for Obama ● DNC Womens Leadership Forum
National Womens Leadership Initiative
National Issues Conference
Friday, October 10 - Saturday, October 11, 2008
Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers
Chicago, IL
Women for the Change We Need

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2008
12:30 3:00 pm Conference Registration
Location: Ballroom Promenade
*All guests are encouraged to arrive by 2:15 p.m. for security purposes

3:30 - 4:15 pm Welcome and Kick-Off with Special Guest Oprah Winfrey and Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor, Obama for America

4:15 - 5:00 pm Remarks by Senator Joe Biden, Vice Presidential Nominee, introduced by Dr. Jill Biden

5:00 - 5:30 pm Report from the Front Lines by Governor Howard Dean, M.D., Chairman of the Democratic National Committee and David Plouffe, Campaign Manager, Obama for America

5:45 - 6:15 pm Keynote: Michelle Obama, The next First Lady of the United States
with special guest Gayle King

6:30 pm General Session Breaks

6:30 7:30 pm *Leadership Committee Cocktail Reception
Note: This event is limited only to Leadership Committee Members who have raised $25,000+ by September 30th or guests who have donated $10,000+ for this event.

6:30 7:30 pm Private Reception with Michelle Obama & Oprah Winfrey
Note: This event is limited only to guests who personally contribute $28,500 for this event.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2008
6:15 8:00 am Conference Registration & Breakfast Location: Ballroom Promenade
*All guests are encouraged to arrive by 7:00 a.m. for security purposes

8:00 8:15 am Opening Remarks - Governor Janet Naploitano (AZ) introduced by Penny Pritzker, Finance Chair, Obama for America

8:30 9:30 am The Route Back to Economic Security & Strengthening the Middle Class
Issue Panel and Discussion
Robert E. Rubin, Former Secretary of the Treasury, and Director and Senior Counselor to Citigroup, Inc.
Laura Tyson, Former National Economic Adviser to the President Moderator: Mellody Hobson, President, Ariel Investments

9:30 - 9:45 am Remarks by Suze Orman, Host of the Suze Orman Show and Best-selling Author on Personal Finance

9:45 - 10:45 am New Energy for America Investing in
Alternative Energy and Green Jobs
Issue Panel & Discussion
Senator Amy Klobuchar (MN)
John Podesta, President & CEO, Center for American Progress
Van Jones, Author, Green Collar Economy
Nicole Lederer, Co-Founder of Environmental Entrepreneurs

10:45 - 11:15 am Break

11:00 - 12:00 pm Standing Up for Women
Two Simultaneous Break-Out Discussion Forums (you will be able to select one to attend at the conference)
*Whats At Stake Health Care & Women Cecile Richards, President, Planned Parenthood Action Fund
Hon. Patricia Madrid, Former Attorney General of New Mexico
Maj. Tammy Duckworth, Director of Illinois Dept. of Veterans' Affairs
Moderator: Neera Tanden, Domestic Policy Director, Obama for America

*Whats at Stake The Supreme Court
Maria T. Vullo, Chair, NARAL Pro-Choice America
Lilly Ledbetter, Plaintiff, Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.
Danielle Gray, Deputy Policy Director, Obama for America
Moderator: Hon. Abner J. Mikva, Former White House Counsel and Former Member of Congress

12:30 - 1:30 pm Luncheon - How We Will Win - Campaign Briefing with Senior Strategists & Advisors
David Axelrod, Chief Strategist, Obama for America
Anita Dunn Communications Officer, Obama for America
Dana Singiser, Senior Advisor for the Women's Vote, Obama for America
Moderator: Hilary Rosen, Editor at Large for The Huffingtonpost.com and CNN Political Contributor


1:45 - 2:45 pm Protecting our Homeland & Restoring American Alliances
Issue Panel & Discussion
Madeleine K. Albright, Former United States Secretary of State
Dr. Susan E. Rice, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, The Brookings Institution
Moderator: Melody Barnes, Senior Domestic Policy Advisor, Obama for America

2:45 - 4:00 Networking Break
Note: Guests will exit the ballroom to network with other conference participants and to go through security screening. Please take your seats by 4:00 pm

*** Remarks by Senator Barack Obama

6:00 p.m. Program Concludes

Women for Obama ● DNC Womens Leadership Forum
**********************************************************************

National Womens Leadership Initiative
National Issues Conference
Friday, October 10 - Saturday, October 11, 2008
Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers
Chicago, IL

O V E R V I E W
The National Issues Conference will be the central focus and defining event of the National Womens Leadership Initiative, a joint effort between Women for Obama and DNC Womens Leadership Forum to recruit and engage women leaders from across the country to work together and raise money in support of Senator Barack Obama and the Democratic Party. Hundreds of dynamic women leaders, from all 50 states, will convene in Chicago, IL for a two-day conference featuring Senator Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, high-level policy makers, and senior campaign advisors. This conference will highlight the role and significance of womens leadership in electing Barack Obama, present important policy and campaign strategy updates and provide field tools for women to take back to their communities.

R E G I S T R A T I O N I N F O R M A T I O N
Please register for the conference by making a contribution online at https://donate.barackobama.com/page/contribute/OVFWLF
or mailing a check with the attached form. Due to interest, we expect this event to sell out early. Final registration deadline for the conference will be Saturday, October 4th. If you would like to serve on our Leadership Committee by raising money by October 4h, please email womensleadership@dnc.org

T I C K E T L E V E L S
National Chair Raise $100,000 for this event by October 4th or contribute $57,000
National Chair Reception & Private Leadership Committee Reception, Program Listing, VIP Seating

State Co-Chair Raise $50,000 for this event by October 4th or contribute $28,500
Private Leadership Committee Reception, Program Listing, VIP Seating

Leadership Committee Raise $25,000 for this event by October 4th or contribute $10,000
Private Leadership Committee Reception, Program Listing, Premium Seating

Premium Ticket Contribute $5,000
Premium Seating and VIP Reception

General Admission Ticket Contribute $2,500
General Admission Seating


L O G I S T I C S
Event credentials can be picked up at registration which will take place on Friday, October 10th from 12:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m. We encourage guests to arrive no later than 2:15 p.m. on Friday due to security purposes. On Saturday, registration will take place on Saturday, October 11th from 6:15 a.m. 8:00 a.m. we encourage guests to arrive by 7:00 a.m. on Saturday due to security purposes.


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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-14-08 08:25 PM
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24. Thanks....even general admission was unreachable for most.
Wow. I'll bet it was great.
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kas125 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-14-08 08:38 PM
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25. Yeah, I was very much out of my element with some of those people.
I think that if you bought them early enough, GA tickets were $1,000, but that's still out of reach for me. I had received an invitation by email and deleted it after laughing hysterically. Then a week later, got an email from my friend saying that she'd signed me up and bought me a ticket. Needless to say, I was thrilled and pretty darned grateful!
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blossomstar Donating Member (772 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-12-08 10:42 PM
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5. Thank you, great read.
I hope that Elizabeth Dole will be history on Nov. 4th! What a drag on our state. She is a bag of air just like her husband.
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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-13-08 11:03 AM
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12. Best of luck to Kay Hagan....sounds like she's doing well there.
FL has an interest in her, she's the niece of the late Gov. Lawton Chiles.
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-14-08 12:30 PM
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17. Whoa, I didn't know that!
Marvelous!
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Tatiana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-12-08 10:44 PM
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6. It is nice that we have two people on our ticket who have so much admiration for their spouses.
The love the Obamas and Bidens share is tangible and beautiful to witness.

Great post. Dean's leadership and implementation of the 50-state strategy opened this map up for us. I thank him for his foresight and putting Democrats across the nation on the pathway to national landslide victory.
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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-13-08 10:03 PM
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14. I agree on all the things you said.
:hi:
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-14-08 12:32 PM
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18. Yes, they are such great role models on so
many levels!
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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-14-08 12:46 PM
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19. Great picture.
:hi:
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-14-08 12:58 PM
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20. I love our team and everyone behind them!
:hi:
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bleever Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-12-08 11:08 PM
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7. I'm just surpised how much I like these people.
I mean, genuinely like them.

It's a bit of an adjustment.

K&R.
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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-12-08 11:32 PM
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8. They are just nice people.
It shows.
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bleever Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-13-08 12:14 AM
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9. I was touched when Jill Biden told the story
of Joe seeing Hillary on TV, and she looked at him and said, Admit it, you love her.

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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-13-08 01:05 PM
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13. Cute story from Amy Klobuchar...
http://momocrats.typepad.com/momocrats/2008/10/womens-l...

"Amy got the crowd going by telling the story of how she was campaigning for Obama in South Carolina, and told the story Obama tells of going to a small town in South Carolina and a woman led a chant of "Fired up? Ready to Go!"

Afterwards, a woman approached her and said, "Hi! I'm fired up and ready to go!"

Amy replied, "So am I!"

The woman said, "No, I'M fired up and ready to go!"

Amy said, "Good for you! I guess we're all fired up and ready to go."

Finally, the woman said, "No, really, I'm the woman in the story...I started the "Fired up and ready to go" chant!"

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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-14-08 12:28 PM
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16. Great presentation from you too, mad!
"Next up was Obama Campaign Manager, David Plouffe. I probably get 10 emails a week from this guy, and it was nice to finally see what he looks like, and hear that his name is pronounced like "Pluff" not "Ploof" as I thought. You live, you learn."

How wonderful to be a Dem and talk about real things instead of ways to smear your opponent.

What an excellent job they doing.

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kas125 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-14-08 05:53 PM
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21. Thanks for posting this - I was there and it was
simply an amazing weekend and an experience that I will never forget.
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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-14-08 06:42 PM
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23. I have been surprised how hard it is to find anything about it.
It seemed amazing.

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