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The Zambian Chronicle is extremely excited that we have received an invitation for one of our staff to attend the inauguration of the 44th President of the United States of America.


“The Presidential Inaugural Committee requests the honor of your presence to attend and participate in the Inauguration of Barack H Obama as the President of the United States of America and Joseph R Biden, Jr. as Vice President of the United States of America on Tuesday, the twentieth of January two thousand and nine in the City of Washington”


The invitation reads …


This is history in making for us and we are excited for the invite but what is more significant is that Barack H Obama is a first generation American born of an African father from Kenya.


barackIn other words, he is the first real African blood to take over the helm of the world’s most powerful nation. He has surrounded himself with the best of the best and this will be a testimony to the rest of Africa that we too can lead well.


We know fully well how Black America would like to claim and hold on to Barack Obama, for surety they can but the rightful claim comes from Africa. Black America can take Michelle Obama, Barack H Obama is ours to claim, thanks a trillion.


Africa from here on has no excuse whatsoever at all. Barack H Obama, part African and part American takes over as one of the youngest Presidents in American history at inauguration. In fact only John F Kennedy beats that record in recent history.


For us at the Zambian Chronicle, it all started with the memo; America Votes’08 … Zambian Chronicle Endorses Senator Hillary R Clinton (NY) As The Next President of the United States …. We were all very convinced it was nobody but Hillary.


Then, all of a sudden, I got an email from Belliah after Super Tuesday. Mr. Brains, I think we missed the boat here. I am switching camp, I think Obama is the best candidate in this race, Belliah wrote.


Simon is solidly behind John McCain, she continued. And Lisa is not sure who she would like to back, she believes the whole world is going to hell and America is right there with it in a hand basket, I retorted.


We have a totally disjointed crew, with at least each candidate being supported by one of us, I said. Simon is usually behind the scenes. He is Zamchro’s Chief Legal Counsel (CLC); a board certified attorney and a very cool guy, he is. Tony was not a member of our team yet and so was not privy to the saga.


Then Simon followed in and wrote an article why he thought Obama would be the best President of the United States of America – this was a real twist especially that he had always been a republican supporter.


The tectonic shift continued with the following week Belliah saying, she wanted to recluse herself from being Managing Editor. She said that she wanted to be as free as possible and thought that she was head over hills over the momentum and thus her editing functions would be biased.


I mentioned that once we made the editorial decision to back Hillary we would not retract it. I accepted her decision and informed her that at the end of it all we would eventually support the final winner and continue to report as objectively as we had always done in the past – a multi-media enterprise, we are.


I appreciated Belliah’s honesty and that helped keep us stay focused on what our major objective was, to report news and facts as we saw them unfold besides we had made one booboo before and it was not time for another.


What was fascinating about the whole process was how, in divergence of views people can still coalesce around a common cause. It was a great learning experience especially that we first-handedly realized how easily all of us could become political junkies and love it …


Someone was watching, loyalty and objectivity finally paid off thus the invitation.  In it is written the following, “…The Presidential Inaugural Committee requests the honor of your presence to attend and participate in the Inauguration”. The honest truth is that we are the ones honored to be invited at the time history is in the making.


Barack H Obama achieved what many have attempted and failed, we have said it before here and we will recount a thousand times. He made it look like getting the US Presidency was the easiest thing one could do in his life.


We wish the new President of the greatest nation on the face of the earth, God Speed. We wish him well; him and his family. And for the rest of us on the African continent, its Showtime …


Africa is in charge by proxy and can’t afford to lag behind. We urge all African Presidents on the continent to emulate Barack H Obama and make us all proud.


Zambian Chronicle and its team wish to congratulate President-Elect Barack H Obama for becoming the 44th President of the United States of America.


Long Live Africa, Long Live Zambia and God bless us all. Live Long & Prosper; that’s this week’s memo from us at the Zambian Chronicle … thanks a trillion.


Brainwave R Mumba, Sr.

CEO  & President – Zambian Chronicle 


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President elect  Barack Obama picks Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.  Priceless
Great minds, are never Insecure. Barack  surrounds himself with big brains. The entire cabinet is a combination of brain powers.                                                                                                                                              


Baracky 3!

This would have not been possible if there was no freedom of speech. Americans were given the power to elect and vet their leaders.

Each and every candidate’s laundry basket was visited by every American with the help of media and bloggers, without fear that they will be arrested.

In the end America elected the candidate they thought sold more to them,

and yes supporters created all this without fear: Videos like one below shows freedom of speech

I wonder if we do have that kind of freedom of speech in Zambia to be able to vet our leaders before they get elected.

Just looking at the polls tells a lot. Freedom of speech and the process in place in vetting our leaders should be implemented.


Can you imagine if one of us created Videos that smacked our candidates left, right and center? Guess what would have happened ? Arrested, and possibly jailed for visiting the incoming leader’ s laundry baskets.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hillary Clinton will be symbolically put forward as a presidential candidate at the Democratic convention later this month even though she narrowly lost the nominating battle to Barack Obama, the two campaigns said on Thursday. 

Obama encouraged Clinton’s name to be placed in nomination as a show of unity, the campaigns said in a joint statement that noted the two senators “are looking forward to a convention unified behind Barack Obama as the party’s nominee.” 

Clinton, a former first lady who would have been the first female nominee of a major party, narrowly lost the nominating battle to Obama in a drawn-out campaign that ended in June, months after John McCain wrapped up the right to represent the Republican party in the November election. 

Clinton later endorsed Obama, the Illinois senator who would be the first black U.S. president, and urged her supporters to line up behind him. 

But the hard-fought campaign left many of Clinton’s supporters bitter and wanting some recognition of the New York senator at the party convention in Denver beginning on August 25 since her chances of being picked as the vice presidential candidate have faded. 

Clinton is scheduled to speak on the second night of the convention, August 26, two nights before Obama accepts the nomination. 

“I am convinced that honoring Senator Clinton’s historic campaign in this way will help us celebrate this defining moment in our history and bring the party together in a strong, unified fashion,” Obama said in a prepared statement. 

(Reporting by Andy Sullivan, editing by David Wiessler)  

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Sen. Hillary Clinton stands with graduating Pelham Preparatory Academy student Aleatha Williams, right, on Sunday.
Sen. Hillary Clinton stands with graduating Pelham Preparatory Academy student Aleatha Williams, right, on Sunday.

NEW YORK (AP) — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton fulfilled a pledge to a young supporter by speaking at the teenager’s high school graduation on Sunday.

The girl, Aleatha Williams, a campaign volunteer and the daughter of a supporter, introduced the senator to fellow graduates from Pelham Preparatory Academy in the Bronx as “my aunt.”

Clinton said she had known Aleatha “and her wonderful mother, Patricia,” since the girl was 2 and had promised her when she graduated from eighth grade that she would attend her high school

“Four years later, here I am with all of you,” Clinton said.

Clinton, D-New York, ended her campaign for the Democratic nomination for president on June 7 and endorsed Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, who has clinched the nomination.

She invoked the campaign to urge the 86 graduates to achieve success.

“No one five years ago, no one four years ago when I attended Aleatha’s graduation lunch, could have predicted that an African-American and a woman would have been competing for the presidency of the United States in 2008,” Clinton said.

Pelham Preparatory Academy was founded in 2002 as part of an initiative to improve graduation rates by carving up some of the city’s large high schools into smaller, more manageable units.


Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, who attended the school’s commencement ceremony at nearby Fordham University, said students should always remember that an American hero spoke at their

“She changed America’s view of women,” Klein said. “Someday soon, very soon in America, we will have a woman as president. And you know what that woman will say? ‘I would not be here had it not
been for Hillary Rodham Clinton.”‘

Parent Irma Hudson, whose daughter Stephanie Solis was among the graduates, said Clinton’s presence was exciting.

“I think she still serves as a role model for the children in this community,” Hudson said. “You don’t fail, you just keep on trying.”

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EBC   June 22nd, 2008 5:11 pm ET
Well DONE Sen. Clinton. Well done.
Aidyn   June 22nd, 2008 5:14 pm ET
Thank you Hillary!
GREGG LA   June 22nd, 2008 5:14 pm ET
We’re are you HIllary, Politics are so boring without you.
We miss you & luv u,
Conservatist Rule   June 22nd, 2008 5:17 pm ET
I hope that school teaches soldiering skills. If McCain says that we need to stay in Iraq, Afghoniston, and Iran for over 100 years, then so be it. I’d rather not have to submit to any mooslims – they can have their leader, Borat Hussein Osama.
Lisa   June 22nd, 2008 5:18 pm ET
Hillary we miss you!!! Please don’t leaves us with these clowns!!!
still the best   June 22nd, 2008 5:18 pm ET
Love you Hillary.No true HRC supporter will ever vote for Obama now.

He lost us when he thought it was so cute and clever to trash you.

We miss you.

Take care and God bless.

Rise, Hillary, Rise

lisa, Austin Texas   June 22nd, 2008 5:18 pm ET
Pretty awesome Senator Clinton!Obama ’08
Loretta from California   June 22nd, 2008 5:19 pm ET
OOOOps Posted to wrong blog: ).
Thank you Senator Clinton for being such an inspiration to so many.
Charlotte   June 22nd, 2008 5:20 pm ET
That’s my girl, a woman you can count on. A woman who should be the nominee! I will write her name on my ballot in November, yes I will.
Doris,Memphis,TN   June 22nd, 2008 5:20 pm ET
Maybe her unfavorable rating will decrease by a point!
Rise on   June 22nd, 2008 5:20 pm ET
Woman shine on. You are the ONLY candidate worth voting for.We know what the Obama campaign, the biased media, and the corrupt DNC did to you.

We will not condone the savaging of a true democrat and a champion of the people- least of all by other “democrats”.

Love you Hillary.

God know the injustice that was done to you.

Jen, CA   June 22nd, 2008 5:21 pm ET
I voted Clinton in the primaries because I really didn’t know much about Obama. Now that I know A LOT about Obama, I will vote McCain.
Olivia   June 22nd, 2008 5:21 pm ET
Ms. Clinton is truly a remarkable woman. I am still a strong supporters of hers. She was/is the strongest candidate to run this country. I will not ever forget how she was betrayed by the DNC.
Mike   June 22nd, 2008 5:23 pm ET
Sen. Clinton is great and fulfilled promises she made in past. There are millions of supporters proud of her. These supporters will not be transition to Sen. Obama unless Sen. Clinton is on the joint ticket. Otherwise, these supporters will vote Sen.John McCain to make double impact.
The BEST   June 22nd, 2008 5:23 pm ET
Rebel Girl.We love your spirit, your strength and your dedication.

We despised the hatred shown to you.

We will, we will PROTEST….

DNC heed the call. No fixed primaries. No hating on fellow democrats. No unity until that day arrives.

The DNC trashed its best hope and lost the support of her supporters not just this election but for a long time to come.

Lisa   June 22nd, 2008 5:23 pm ET
Hillary for President!!
Jean   June 22nd, 2008 5:23 pm ET
Way to go Hillary. Always an inspiration.
Interesting   June 22nd, 2008 5:24 pm ET
Now that is a person who stayed true to her word.Definitely a supporter and expect my party’s representative to do the same. Unfortunately, we don’t have that with the current DNC choice. Well, there is always 2012.
A.J. Edge   June 22nd, 2008 5:24 pm ET
I MISS YOU! Here’s hoping to VP!
Still for Hill but now ONLY for Hill   June 22nd, 2008 5:24 pm ET
you are beautiful.You and ONLY you have my vote.
Zachary Smith   June 22nd, 2008 5:24 pm ET
You know, my respect for Hillary has just grown and grown after the suspension speech after Obama clinched the nomination. I hope that she is a high-ranking official in his administration. With her extensive foreign policy experience as First Lady, she could be a great Secretary of State. Or, she could champion universal health care as Secretary of Health and Human Services. And if not those–she’ll be the next Ted Kennedy, a powerhouse in the Senate. Perhaps one day even a Supreme Court justice (people forget her legal experience before politics).
What an amazing woman. Hillary voters, please support the party she worked so hard for, and vote Obama and vote Democrat in the fall.
bring back HRC   June 22nd, 2008 5:25 pm ET
My champion.My hero.

Lead on with grace and poise and true concern and love.

Obama the imposter will NOT prevail.

We are with you.

Jen   June 22nd, 2008 5:26 pm ET
I miss you HillaryGod I love her.
Erica from GA   June 22nd, 2008 5:27 pm ET
Now that’s the HRC I wanted to see in the primaries.
Take it to the convention   June 22nd, 2008 5:27 pm ET
FIGHT AT THE CONVENTION.This injustice and hatred shall not become the means to winning nominations in the democratic party.

We do not support swiftboating of democrats by other democrats.


Lisa   June 22nd, 2008 5:28 pm ET
Obama do us all a favor and drop out!!!
Marie in California   June 22nd, 2008 5:28 pm ET
Good to hear about you, HIllary! Sorry you’re not the Democratic nominee. Very, very sorry. I supported you all the way.I can’t possibly vote for Obama, so now my vote will have to go to McCain. And I’m NOT sorry about that!
Hillocrat, Ohio   June 22nd, 2008 5:28 pm ET
OMG I am soooooo jealous!!!love ya Hilldog !!!
Take it to the convention   June 22nd, 2008 5:28 pm ET
I admire you more and more every single day.Don’t think the haters have won…

They have not.

God knows… and millions will vote against this injustice.

Ron   June 22nd, 2008 5:29 pm ET
America needs you someone with real action and not just speaches. Thanks for all the great work.
Obama 2008!!!   June 22nd, 2008 5:30 pm ET
We love you and admire you Hilliary. No hard feelings here!!!
No more hate   June 22nd, 2008 5:31 pm ET
This new democratic party is full of hate and trickery.Bring back the traditional democrats who took a stand and fought for what they believe in.

No more winning by cheating and insults and demeaning your opponent. No more cocky, boastful self-impressed demagogues.

Hillary you will always be the winner.

John Corboy   June 22nd, 2008 5:32 pm ET
HIllary,what a way to hold up a promise.

good hearted politician, there are not many of them

Olivia   June 22nd, 2008 5:33 pm ET
Doesn’t surprise me that you keep your word, Hillary.
That is what you are all about, and you have my affection and respect.
N.   June 22nd, 2008 5:34 pm ET
Though I am an Obama supporter, I applaud Hillary these past few weeks since she has dropped out. She is keeping to her promise to keep the party together for Nov. and will campaign for Obama. Stories like this one shows that when the smoke clears Hillary is really a kind, caring person who loves her constituency as much as they love her!
wait and see   June 22nd, 2008 5:34 pm ET
If not for hate from the Obama democrats…She would be our first female president.

The best candidate got trashed and bashed out of the game.

We will see what God has to say about that.

tracy   June 22nd, 2008 5:35 pm ET
I am so sad that we won’t get to see what a great job Senator Clinton would have done in the presidency — at least for another 4 more years.
Baracka O’Mami   June 22nd, 2008 5:35 pm ET
Such a beautiful thing to do. Hillary is a trailblazer…
Paul   June 22nd, 2008 5:36 pm ET
As a strong supporter of Obama I respect Clinton more now than I ever did before the primaries.
JIMBO   June 22nd, 2008 5:36 pm ET
We r stil loyal to you Hillary. Your time will come and then we all can rejoice !!! Be proud of all that you have accomplished. You have touched many lives !!!
Charles   June 22nd, 2008 5:36 pm ET
Hilliary,We do miss you. Though a Obama supporter, had you became our nominee I would have supported you 100%. You have opened doors for my nieces and many other women that they can be anything that they want to be. I am glad to see you support Barack and I have donated to help you pay down your debt. Let us all bring down the Republicians.

Source: CNN – Clinton fulfills girl’s graduation wish

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CHICAGO (AP) — Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama’s campaign says he’ll campaign with former rival Hillary Rodham Clinton next week.

Clinton and Obama are set to make their first post-primary season campaign trail appearance next week.

Obama’s campaign said in an e-mail that the two senators will campaign together for the first time on Friday, June 27.

Obama and Clinton are also scheduled to hold a joint fundraiser this month.

Clinton suspended her campaign for the Democratic nomination earlier this month after Obama secured enough delegates to clinch the nomination.

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Obama is meeting with Hillary Clinton at the Clintons house in Washington DC. Like I said, Politics are just politics. I love the fact that the two wise candidates are showing us that no matter what happened in the campaign, they are still willing to meet one on one as friends. Big credit for both.

I LOVE THE FACT THAT Obama and Hillary outsmarted the Media. Never underestimate a smart guy like Obama. Already showing his skills in diplomacy.

I am loving it.

Stay tuned



WASHINGTON (Reuters) –

President George W. Bush and his top policymakers misstated Saddam Hussein‘s links to terrorism and ignored doubts among intelligence agencies about Iraq’s arms programs as they made a case for war, the Senate intelligence committee reported on Thursday.

The report shows an administration that “led the nation to war on false premises,” said the committee’s Democratic Chairman, Sen. John Rockefeller of West Virginia. Several Republicans on the committee protested its findings as a “partisan exercise.”

The committee studied major speeches by Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and other officials in advance of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003, and compared key assertions with intelligence available at the time.

Statements that Iraq had a partnership with al Qaeda were wrong and unsupported by intelligence, the report said.

It said that Bush’s and Cheney’s assertions that Saddam was prepared to arm terrorist groups with weapons of mass destruction for attacks on the United States contradicted available intelligence.

Such assertions had a strong resonance with a U.S. public, still reeling after al Qaeda‘s September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. Polls showed that many Americans believed Iraq played a role in the attacks, even long after Bush acknowledged in September 2003 that there was no evidence Saddam was involved.

The report also said administration prewar statements on Iraq’s weapons programs were backed up in most cases by available U.S. intelligence, but officials failed to reflect internal debate over those findings, which proved wrong.


The long-delayed Senate study supported previous reports and findings that the administration’s main cases for war — that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and was spreading them to terrorists — were inaccurate and deeply flawed.

“The president and his advisors undertook a relentless public campaign in the aftermath of the (September 11) attacks to use the war against al Qaeda as a justification for overthrowing Saddam Hussein,” Rockefeller said in written commentary on the report.

“Representing to the American people that the two had an operational partnership and posed a single, indistinguishable threat was fundamentally misleading and led the nation to war on false premises.”

A statement to Congress by then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld that the Iraqi government hid weapons of mass destruction in facilities underground was not backed up by intelligence information, the report said. Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon said Rumsfeld’s comments should be investigated further, but he stopped short of urging a criminal probe.

The committee voted 10-5 to approve the report, with two Republican lawmakers supporting it. Sen. Christopher Bond of Missouri and three other Republican panel members denounced the study in an attached dissent.

“The committee finds itself once again consumed with political gamesmanship,” the Republicans said. The effort to produce the report “has indeed resulted in a partisan exercise.” They said, however, that the report demonstrated that Bush administration statements were backed by intelligence and “it was the intelligence that was faulty.”

White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said: “We had the intelligence that we had, fully vetted, but it was wrong. We certainly regret that and we’ve taken measures to fix it.”


U.S. public opinion on the war, supportive at first, has soured, contributing to a dive in Bush’s popularity.

The conflict is likely to be a key issue in the November presidential election between Republican John McCain, who supports the war, and Democrat Barack Obama, who opposed the war from the start and says he would aim to pull U.S. troops out within 16 months of taking office in January 2009.

Rockefeller has announced his support for Obama.

The administration’s record in making its case for Iraq has also been cited by critics of Bush’s get-tough policy on Iran. They accuse Bush of overstating the potential threat of Iran’s nuclear program in order to justify the possible use of force.

A second report by the committee faulted the administration’s handling of December 2001 Rome meetings between defense officials and Iranian informants, which dealt with the Iran issue. It said department officials failed to share intelligence from the meeting, which Rockefeller said demonstrated a “fundamental disdain” for other intelligence agencies.

(Additional reporting by Andy Sullivan, Donna Smith)


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At the time I was beginning to give Western politics a credit and thought African politics  were disgusting, I mispoke.  The truth is;  politics sucks in general.  What is happening within the democratic party  is worse than polio. I thought Zimbabwean under  Mugabe s politics sucked, No No No, Power is so sweet regardless the country.

First of all, you get the insider of the republicans writing the stink about Mr G Bush.

Scott McClellan, who served as the White House Press Secretary from 2003-2006, has written a book which essentially throws his former employer under the bus.

I can say, Mr Bush is a real good comedian. He makes me laugh.  He Can do well as the headmaster or comedian. I think politics is not his career.

Below is a picture of him chest bumping an Air Force Academy grad.


Here’s another one of him giving his best “I just scored a touchdown instead of brokering world peace” pose.

On the other hand, the three candidates are going through the tough screening, Republican candidate John McCain is having fun talking about how he is going to win Iraq war when nominated  as president ” I will never surrender in Iraq” Brags McCain. Mr Bush is secretly helping John McCain to raise funds for his campaign. Big stink.

Republican presidential hopeful Senator John McCain poses with U.S. President George W. Bush Tuesday before Bush's departure from Phoenix. Bush was attending a fundraiser for McCain.“Bush, still struggling with record-low approval ratings, held the first of three private fundraising events aimed at helping McCain’s cash-starved campaign keep pace with Democratic presidential front-runner Barack Obama. ”

Democratic candidates are still cat fighting over the nomination. God knows how many fire fighters will be needed to stop the fight.

The screening goes on……

  The screening includes what type of socks one wears in the morning. what you eat for lunch, who hang out with a candidate for dinner. How many concubines the candidate  had  through out his /her life, how many wives/husbands …. Disclosure of your personal finances, religion , including the kind of tooth brush one uses. etc etc. I wish African leaders could go through the same screening.

Below is the story of what happened with the share of delegates. I do not like this picture at all, it is so scary to see the two candidates together. No peace in their faces. This is not good at all. I am scared.

Debate that stretched almost all of  Saturday, the Rules and Bylaws Committee finally came to an agreement, can be well narrated below:

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WASHINGTON – “Democratic Party officials agreed Saturday to seat Michigan and Florida delegates with half-votes, ruling on a long-running dispute that has threatened the party’s chances in November and maintaining Barack Obama‘s front-runner status as he moves closer to the nomination.

The decision was a blow to Hillary Rodham Clinton as she was on the verge of watching Obama make history as the first black Democratic presidential nominee. It prompted an irate reaction from boisterous Clinton supporters in the audience and her chief delegate counter, Harold Ickes.

Ickes angrily informed the party’s Rules Committee that Clinton had instructed him to reserve her right to appeal the matter to the Democrats’ credentials committee, which could potentially drag the matter to the party’s convention in August.

“There’s been a lot of talk about party unity — let’s all come together, and put our arms around each other,” said Ickes, who is also a member of the Rules Committee that approved the deal. “I submit to you ladies and gentlemen, hijacking four delegates … is not a good way to start down the path of party unity.”

The resolution increased the number of delegates needed to clinch the nomination to 2,118, leaving Obama 66 delegates short but still within striking distance after the three final primaries are held in the next three days.

The deal was reached after committee members met privately for more than three hours, trying to hammer out a deal, and announced in a raucous hearing that reflected deep divisions within the party.

“How can you call yourselves Democrats if you don’t count the vote?” one man in the audience shouted before being escorted out by security. “This is not the Democratic Party!”

The sticking point was Michigan, where Obama’s name was not on the ballot.

Clinton’s camp insisted Obama shouldn’t get any pledged delegates in Michigan since he chose not to put his name on the ballot, and she should get 73 pledged delegates with 55 uncommitted. Obama’s team insisted the only fair solution was to split the pledged delegates in half between the two campaigns, with 64 each.

The committee agreed on a compromise offered by the Michigan Democratic Party that would split the difference, allowing Clinton to take 69 delegates and Obama 59. Each delegate would get half a vote at the convention in Denver this summer, according to the deal.

The deal passed 19-8. Thirteen members of the committee supported Clinton, so she wasn’t even able to keep her supporters together.

The committee also unanimously agreed to seat the Florida delegation based on the outcome of the January primary, with 105 pledged delegates for Clinton and 67 for Obama, but with each delegate getting half a vote as a penalty.

Proponents of full seating continuously interrupted the committee members as they explained their support of the compromise, then supporters of the deal shouted back.

“Shut up!” one woman shouted at another.

“You shut up!” the second woman shouted back.

Jim Roosevelt, co-chair of the committee, tried repeatedly to gavel it to order. “You are dishonoring your candidate when you disrupt the speakers,” he scolded.

Obama picked up a total of 32 delegates in Michigan, including superdelegates who have already committed, and 36 in Florida. Clinton picked up 38 in Michigan, including superdelegates, and 56.5 in Florida.

Obama’s total increased to 2,052, and Clinton had 1,877.5.

A proposal favored by Clinton that would have fully seated the Florida delegation fully in accordance with the January primary went down with 12 votes in support and 15 against.

Tina Flournoy, who led Clinton’s efforts to seat both states’ delegations with full voting power, said she was disappointed by the outcome but knew the Clinton position had “no chance” of passing the committee.

“I understand the rules. … I can tell you one thing that has driven these rules was being a party of inclusion,” Flournoy said. “I wish my colleagues will vote differently.”

Alice Huffman, a Clinton supporter on the committee, explained that the compromise giving delegates half votes was the next best thing to full seating.

“We will leave here more united than we came,” she said.

Some audience members heckled her in response. “Lipstick on a pig!” one shouted.

“We just blew the election!” a woman in the audience shouted. The crowd was divided between cheering Obama supporters and booing Clinton supporters.

“This isn’t unity! Count all the votes!” another audience member yelled.”






Popular Vote Count
State Date   Obama Clinton       Spread
Popular Vote Total     16,685,941 49.1% 16,227,514 47.7%       Obama +458,427 +1.4%
Estimate w/IA, NV, ME, WA*     17,020,025 49.1% 16,451,376 47.5%       Obama +568,649 +1.6%
Popular Vote (w/FL)     17,262,155 48.3% 17,098,500 47.8%       Obama +163,655 +0.5%
Estimate w/IA, NV, ME, WA*     17,596,239 48.3% 17,322,362 47.6%       Obama +273,877 +0.7%
Popular Vote (w/FL & MI)**     17,262,155 47.5% 17,426,809 47.9%       Clinton +164,654 +0.45%
Estimate w/IA, NV, ME, WA*     17,596,239 47.6% 17,650,671 47.7%       Clinton +54,432 +0.15%
Montana 06/03                              –
South Dakota 06/03                              –
Puerto Rico 06/01                              –
Oregon 05/20   366,421 58.5% 254,894 40.7%       Obama +111,527 +17.8%
Kentucky 05/20   209,903 29.9% 459,210 65.5%       Clinton +249,307 +35.6%
West Virginia 05/13   91,663 25.7% 239,187 67.0%       Clinton +147,524 +41.3%
North Carolina 05/06   887,391 56.1% 657,669 41.6%       Obama +229,722 +14.5%
Indiana 05/06   632,035 49.4% 646,233 50.6%       Clinton +14,198 +1.2%
Guam 05/03   2,264 50.1% 2,257 49.9%       Obama +7 +0.2%
Pennsylvania 04/22   1,046,822 45.4% 1,260,937 54.6%       Clinton +214,115 +9.2%
Mississippi 03/11   265,502 61.2% 159,221 36.7%       Obama +106,281 +24.5%
Wyoming 03/08   5,378 61.4% 3,311 37.8%       Obama +2,067 +23.6%
Texas 03/04   1,362,476 47.4% 1,462,734 50.9%       Clinton +100,258 +3.5%
Ohio 03/04   1,055,769 44.8% 1,259,620 53.5%       Clinton +203,851 +8.7%
Rhode Island 03/04   75,316 40.4% 108,949 58.4%       Clinton +33,633 +18.0%
Vermont 03/04   91,901 59.3% 59,806 38.6%       Obama +32,095 +20.7%
Wisconsin 02/19   646,851 58.1% 453,954 40.8%       Obama +192,897 +17.3%
Hawaii 02/19   28,347 76.1% 8,835 23.7%       Obama +19,512 +52.4%
Virginia 02/12   627,820 63.7% 349,766 35.5%       Obama +278,054 +28.2%
Maryland 02/12   532,665 60.7% 314,211 35.8%       Obama +218,454 +24.9%
District of Columbia 02/12   93,386 75.3% 29,470 23.8%       Obama +63,916 +51.5%
Democrats Abroad 02/12   15,214 65.8% 7,501 32.5%       Obama +7,713 +33.3%
Louisiana 02/09   220,632 57.4% 136,925 35.6%       Obama +83,707 +21.8%
Nebraska 02/09   26,126 67.7% 12,445 32.3%       Obama +13,681 +35.4%
Virgin Islands 02/09   1,772 89.9% 149 7.6%       Obama +1,623 +82.3%
California 02/05   2,186,662 43.2% 2,608,184 51.5%       Clinton +421,522 +8.3%
New York 02/05   751,019 40.3% 1,068,496 57.4%       Clinton +317,477 +17.1%
Illinois 02/05   1,318,234 64.7% 667,930 32.8%       Obama +650,304 +31.9%
New Jersey 02/05   501,372 43.9% 613,500 53.8%       Clinton +112,128 +9.9%
Massachusetts 02/05   511,680 41.1% 705,185 56.6%       Clinton +193,505 +15.5%
Georgia 02/05   704,247 66.4% 330,026 31.1%       Obama +374,221 +35.3%
Minnesota 02/05   142,109 66.4% 68,994 32.2%       Obama +73,115 +34.2%
Missouri 02/05   406,917 49.3% 395,185 47.9%       Obama +11,732 +1.4%
Tennessee 02/05   252,874 40.5% 336,245 53.8%       Clinton +83,371 +13.3%
Colorado 02/05   80,113 66.5% 38,839 32.3%       Obama +41,274 +34.2%
Arizona 02/05   193,126 42.4% 229,501 50.4%       Clinton +36,375 +8.0%
Alabama 02/05   300,319 56.0% 223,089 41.6%       Obama +77,230 +14.4%
Connecticut 02/05   179,742 50.6% 165,426 46.5%       Obama +14,316 +4.1%
Arkansas 02/05   82,476 26.3% 220,136 70.1%       Clinton +137,660 +43.8%
Oklahoma 02/05   130,130 31.2% 228,480 54.8%       Clinton +98,350 +23.6%
Kansas 02/05   27,172 74.0% 9,462 25.8%       Obama +17,710 +48.2%
New Mexico 02/05   71,396 48.0% 73,105 49.1%       Clinton +1,709 +1.1%
Utah 02/05   74,538 56.7% 51,333 39.1%       Obama +23,205 +17.6%
Delaware 02/05   51,148 53.1% 40,760 42.3%       Obama +10,388 +10.8%
North Dakota 02/05   11,625 61.1% 6,948 36.5%       Obama +4,677 +24.6%
Idaho 02/05   16,880 79.5% 3,655 17.2%       Obama +13,225 +62.3%
Alaska 02/05   6,674 75.2% 2,194 24.7%       Obama +4,480 +50.5%
American Samoa 02/05   121 42.5% 163 57.2%       Clinton +42 +14.7%
Florida 01/29   576,214 32.9% 870,986 49.8%       Clinton +294,772 +16.9%
South Carolina 01/26   294,898 55.4% 140,990 26.5%       Obama +153,908 +28.9%
Michigan** 01/15     328,309 55.2%       Clinton +328,309 +55.2%
New Hampshire 01/08   104,815 36.8% 112,404 39.4%       Clinton +7,589 +2.6%

*(Iowa, Nevada, Washington & Maine Have Not Released Popular Vote Totals. RealClearPolitics has estimated the popular vote totals for Senator Obama and Clinton in these four states. RCP uses the WA Caucus results from February 9 in this estimate because the Caucuses on February 9 were the “official” contest recognized by the DNC to determine delegates to the Democratic convention. The estimate from these four Caucus states where there are not official popular vote numbers increases Senator Obama’s popular vote margin by 110,224. This number would be about 50,000 less if the Washington primary results from February 19th were used instead of the Washington Caucus results.)

**(Senator Obama was not on the Michigan Ballot and thus received zero votes. Uncommitted was on the ballot and received 238,168 votes as compared to 328,309 for Senator Clinton.)

RealClearPolitics Poll Averages

Democratic Presidential Nomination

Poll Date Sample Obama Clinton Spread
RCP Average 05/08 – 05/26 51.2 40.5 Obama +10.7
Rasmussen Tracking 05/23 – 05/26 900 LV 49 43 Obama +6.0
Gallup Tracking 05/23 – 05/25 1261 V 51 43 Obama +8.0
Newsweek 05/21 – 05/22 608 RV 50 42 Obama +8.0
Reuters/Zogby 05/15 – 05/18 516 LV 59 33 Obama +26.0
Quinnipiac 05/08 – 05/12 864 RV 45 41 Obama +4.0
ABC News/Wash Post 05/08 – 05/11 620 A 53 41 Obama +12.0

General Election: McCain vs. Clinton

Poll Date Sample Clinton (D) McCain (R) Spread
RCP Average 05/11 – 05/26 46.1 44.7 Clinton +1.4
Rasmussen Tracking 05/23 – 05/26 1600 LV 48 44 Clinton +4.0
Gallup Tracking 05/21 – 05/25 4417 RV 48 45 Clinton +3.0
Newsweek 05/21 – 05/22 1205 RV 48 44 Clinton +4.0
Reuters/Zogby 05/15 – 05/18 1076 LV 43 43 Tie
IBD/TIPP 05/12 – 05/18 953 A 44 39 Clinton +5.0
Democracy Corps (D) 05/13 – 05/15 1014 LV 49 47 Clinton +2.0
Battleground 05/11 – 05/14 1018 LV 43 51 McCain +8.0

General Election: McCain vs. Obama

Poll Date Sample Obama (D) McCain (R) Spread
RCP Average 05/11 – 05/26 46.7 44.3 Obama +2.4
Rasmussen Tracking 05/23 – 05/26 1600 LV 44 47 McCain +3.0
Gallup Tracking 05/21 – 05/25 4417 RV 44 47 McCain +3.0
Newsweek 05/21 – 05/22 1205 RV 46 46 Tie
Reuters/Zogby 05/15 – 05/18 1076 LV 48 40 Obama +8.0
IBD/TIPP 05/12 – 05/18 953 A 48 37 Obama +11.0
Democracy Corps (D) 05/13 – 05/15 1014 LV 48 46 Obama +2.0
Battleground 05/11 – 05/14 1018 LV 49 47 Obama +2.0

President Bush Job Approval

Poll Date Approve Disapprove Spread
RCP Average 05/08 – 05/24 30.8 65.2 -34.4
Rasmussen 05/18 – 05/24 34 63 -29.0
Democracy Corps (D) 05/13 – 05/15 31 65 -34.0
Battleground 05/11 – 05/14 32 64 -32.0
Quinnipiac 05/08 – 05/12 28 67 -39.0
Gallup 05/08 – 05/11 29 66 -37.0
ABC News/Wash Post 05/08 – 05/11 31 66 -35.0

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