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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Hillary Clinton Supporter Feels That Barack Obama Told Her To 'Get Over It'

Barack Obama met with members of the Congressional Black Caucus and when a member, Sheila Jackson Lee, expressed the desire for Obama to reach out to millions of women still upset over Clinton's loss, he suggested a way for them to "get over it".
The majority of those at the meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus described it as cordial but as ABC headlines, at one point sparks flew, when Sheila Jackson Lee, (D-TX.), a Clinton supporter, expressed her desire that Barack Obama reach out to the millions of women who were Hillary Clinton supporters to help heal the party.

In what Representative Diane Watson, (D-CA.) found "dismissive" and "off putting" Barack Obama responded to that by agreeing that healing was needed and saying he hoped the members at the meeting would help with that healing and he went on to say, "However, I need to make a decision in the next few months as to how I manage that since I'm running against John McCain, which takes a lot of time. If women take a moment to realize that on every issue important to women, John McCain is not in their corner, that would help them get over it."

Watson, who is also a longtime Clinton supporter did not appreciate the term "get over it" and told Obama, "Don't use that terminology."

The exchanged was revealed by Representative Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.), also a Clinton supporter who did not take the words as offensive and said that she "did not take that as something distasteful"

She did say that Watson, "latched on to those three words" and felt as if Obama had told her to get over it.

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will be campaigning together and will also be appearing together at a fundraiser in Washington next week, for their first joint appearance since Hillary Clinton suspended her presidential campaign.

This will give Obama the opportunity to garner more support from some Clinton supporters.

There are Clinton supporters that are refusing to support Obama, which the level has now risen to 123 websites just listed at the Just Say No Deal website which carries the headline, "we are a coalition of millions with one thing in common: NObama".

Many of these sites are actively campaigning against Barack Obama as well as campaigning for John McCain, donating money to the McCain campaign and some that I have looked at even have donation buttons set up on their individual sites linking to the McCain campaign donation page.

The question ends up coming down to how many Clinton supporters will vote for Barack Obama in November and how many will not and does Obama need these supporters or not?

Time will tell.