Bipartisan Affirmations as Obama Makes a Presence on the House Floor

On Thursday, May 8, Barack Obama was invited by Pennysylvania Democratic Representative Robert Brady to visit the House , since he was already at the U.S Senate in Washington D.C. Obama obliged, and upon entering the House floor produced widespread reactions of adulation and admiration from Republicans and Democrats alike.

The growing perception that Obama is the Democratic presumptive nominee is creating quite a circle among superdelegates, particularly Nancy Pelosi, who made sure to greet the Senator. And his presence, of course, could not hurt in his vying for support from the currently uncommitted superdelegates, which incidentally include Rep. Brady (D-PA).

According to the Huffington Post, May 8, 2008:

Sen. Barack Obama stepped into a swarm of superdelegates this morning when he visited the House of Representatives in the middle of a vote. Obama stayed on the floor for almost half an hour visiting with both Democrats and Republicans who looked completely star struck.

Even Speaker Nancy Pelosi left her weekly press briefing and made a beeline for the House floor to say hello. And the Capitol Hill press corps surrounded the House Chamber to catch him on his way out and fire questions about such an unusual move for a presidential candidate, even if he is a senator.

Ryan Grim of Politico.com reports, May 8, 2008:

Even Republicans were star-struck. Rep. Illeana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) said she was escorting a group of elementary school students onto the House floor when Obama made his entrance.

Ros-Lehtinen said the children noticed the presidential hopeful and screamed, “It’s Barack Obama!” in unison. The congresswoman then led the students across the aisle and over to Obama, who chatted briefly with the three students.

“The kids were very excited,” said Ros-Lehtinen. “Like rock star excited.”

Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.), an Obama supporter, said that a number of Republicans crossed the aisle to congratulate him. “One told me that if he wins, he looks forward to working with him,” said Conyers, who would not give the member’s name. “I’ve worked with [the congressman] before on some things, but that still surprised me.”

Conyers suggested that Obama’s primary opponent needs to repeat the cross-chamber journey. “Hillary’s got to come now,” he said.

Twice, it looked like Obama was about to leave the chamber, but he got pulled back in by superdelegates — both committed and uncommitted.

Below is a video clip of his presence.

Political pressure is mounting, and with each of these occurrences, Hillary Clinton is forced to make a political splash as well. It should not be long before we hear something from her campaign.

  • Michel

    These are Great news.

    If he can build strong bonds with Republicans as well as with Democrats, and get news coverage at the same time, he can most effectively spread his message of bipartisanship. This kinds of things are great for his campaign, and terrible news for McCain’s.

    What surprises me the most is that Ross-Lehtinen behave so politely and firendly around him. I guess you never know with politics.