Thu Apr 20, 2017, 04:18 PM
DonViejo (26,048 posts)
Hinting At Support, Obama Calls Centrist French Presidential Candidate Macron
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Source: Talking Points Memo
By MATT SHUHAM Published APRIL 20, 2017, 2:57 PM EDT
Former President Barack Obama spoke on the phone Thursday with French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron, hinting at his support just days ahead of French presidential voting Sunday.
“President Obama spoke on the phone to Emmanuel Macron this morning,” Obama spokesperson Kevin Lewis said in a statement Thursday. “President Obama appreciated the opportunity to hear from Mr. Macron about his campaign and the important upcoming presidential election in France, a country that President Obama remains deeply committed to as a close ally of the United States, and as a leader on behalf of liberal values in Europe and around the world.”
“An endorsement was not the purpose of the call, as President Obama is not making any formal endorsement in advance of the run-off election on Sunday,” Lewis added, though the clarification did not stop speculation that the call was Obama’s way of signaling favor for the candidate.
Macron, a centrist option among the four most prominent candidates on the ballot Sunday, started his own movement, En Marche!, in an attempt to hold elected office for the first time. He was an investment banker and, eventually, economic minister in François Hollande’s Socialist government before resigning in 2016 to run for office. “Emmanuel Macron warmly thanked Barack Obama for his friendly call,” En Marche! said in its own statement, Reuters reported.
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Hinting At Support, Obama Calls Centrist French Presidential Candidate Macron (Original post)
Response to Arazi (Reply #2)
Thu Apr 20, 2017, 08:15 PM
vdogg (1,348 posts)
3. That might do more harm than good.
Republicans are fairly demoralized right now. Inserting Obama into the conversation may just energize them. Let's keep the focus on Trump.
Response to vdogg (Reply #3)
Thu Apr 20, 2017, 08:25 PM
Arazi (2,686 posts)
4. So why the vicious outrage here at Bernie also laying low?
Some Democrats seems pretty schizo - outraged at one party official for perceived sins, forgiving selective silence/participation/endorsement etc of other prominent Dems like E Warren, Perez, Schumer etc
The whiplash here is ... uhm... irritating to put it mildly.
I guess I trust Perez and Ellison and the other party wisemen to apply Bernie, Obama, Schumer, Warren, Michelle etc tonic where it's needed without the vitriol spewed @ their participation or lack thereof