Barack in Boston



By Megan Tench, Boston Globe Staff

Presidential hopeful Barack Obama made a quiet trip to Boston today for a closed-door benefit, posing for photographs with a fund-raiser with ties to the Clinton family the day after he crossed paths with his Democratic rival in Selma, Ala.

 Obama met with about 120 potential donors at the University of Massachusetts Club, many of whom worked on the campaigns of John F. Kerry in 2004 and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick last year, according to those who attended the event, which was closed to the press.

The crowd included Alan D. Solomont, a Weston entrepreneur and philanthropist who raised eyebrows when he announced his support for the presidential campaign of the senator from Illinois. Solomont was a top fund-raiser for Kerry and has first worked with the Clinton family during the former president’s first national campaign in 1992.

On Sunday, Obama and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York crossed campaign paths when they both paid tribute to a march by civil rights activists who were beaten by police in Selma in 1965.

17 thoughts on “Barack in Boston

  1. rikyrah

    As for Selma, all I say is this.

    The Borg Queen did a good job. Her speech was good – for her.

    And, I thought Obama did a good job.

    It was Even Steven for me…nothing gained, nothing lost.

    PS-You gonna comment on the Cherokee’s throwing ‘ us’ out of the Cherokee nation, after enslaving us too? I’ve been asking this, and nobody has told me yes or no.

    Did the Cherokee just get a gaming license?

  2. dblhelix

    It was Even Steven for me…nothing gained, nothing lost.


    Would have liked it if both let go of the campaigning and just focused on the occasion, but I know it’s too much to ask at this stage of the game.

    nobody has told me yes or no.

    results are not final until the 12th, although it seems certain that the ‘yes’ vote will stand after the protest period expires.

  3. rikyrah


    my yes or no question was about whether the Cherokee had just been granted a gaming license, thus providing a strong financial incentive for this racial purification.

  4. Rikyrah:

    Steve Gilliard’s blog has something up on the Cherokees dissing and throwing Black folk out of the tribe. (

    Something to do with not wanting to share the cash they’re getting from those gaming casinos they own with Black people who have verified their tribal affiliation. If you want to hurt them, we, as black people, need to quit patronizing their casinos until they apologize for being racists. I don’t spend my money in establishments that don’t consider me human.

    We need to take a lesson from Dr. MLK and the civil rights followers – they boycotted shit until the white guy started hurting in the pocket book. That’s they only way we get justice.

  5. rikyrah

    The Political Junkie,

    thanks for the heads up. So, it is about dough. Not surprising. If I actually gambled, I’d stop going to the casinos, but I agree with you – it’s the only way to hurt them in the pocketbook.

  6. rikyrah

    The Seminoles tried doing this, and Congressional funds were cut off, so they ‘changed their mind’.

    Maybe it can happen for the Cherokee too.

  7. dblhelix


    The are expanding the Harrah’s in NC in a big way. I’m sure revenue-sharing is big part of the equation. Check out this article:

    Tribal leaders in 2005 had been negotiating with Gov. Mike Easley to allow live card dealers at the casino. Currently, the agreement the tribe has with North Carolina only allows video gambling machines.

    The talks fell apart almost a year ago over a disagreement about how much money the tribe would share with the state.

    Last year, the regional retail economy got a boost when per capita payouts from profits increased 12 percent for the 13,500-member tribe. In December, each member older than 18 got a $4,699 check. Money goes into trust accounts for children.

    It appears that they negotiate on a state-by-state basis, but I don’t know any of the details.

  8. OT, but we might need to be concerned about Senator Obama, especially if he’s wanting to be President so much that he publicly disses his own pastor:

    This tidbit was in my email, so I’m cutting and pasting it and passing it on:

    March 6, 2007
    >Disinvitation by Obama Is Criticized
    >CHICAGO, March 5 — The Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., senior pastor of the popular Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago and spiritual mentor to Senator Barack Obama, thought he knew what he would be doing on Feb. 10, the day of Senator Obama’s presidential announcement.
    >After all, back in January, Mr. Obama had asked Mr. Wright if he would begin the event by delivering a public invocation.
    >But Mr. Wright said Mr. Obama called him the night before the Feb. 10 announcement and rescinded the invitation to give the invocation.
    >“Fifteen minutes before Shabbos I get a call from Barack,” Mr. Wright said in an interview on Monday, recalling that he was at an interfaith conference at the time. “One of his members had talked him into uninviting me,” Mr. Wright said, referring to Mr. Obama’s campaign advisers.
    >Some black leaders are questioning Mr. Obama’s decision to distance his campaign from Mr. Wright because of the campaign’s apparent fear of criticism over Mr. Wright’s teachings, which some say are overly Afrocentric
    >to the point of excluding whites.
    >Bill Burton, a spokesman for the Obama campaign, said the campaign disinvited Mr. Wright because it did not want the church to face negative attention. Mr. Wright did however, attend the announcement and prayed with Mr. Obama beforehand.
    >“Senator Obama is proud of his pastor and his church, but because of the type of attention it was receiving on blogs and conservative talk shows, he decided to avoid having statements and beliefs being used out of context
    >and forcing the entire church to defend itself,” Mr. Burton said.
    >Instead, Mr. Obama asked Mr. Wright’s successor as pastor at Trinity, the Rev. Otis Moss III, to speak. Mr. Moss declined.
    >In recent weeks, word of Mr. Obama’s treatment of Mr. Wright has reached black leaders like the Rev. Al Sharpton and given them pause.
    >“I have not discussed this with Senator Obama in detail, but I can see why callers of mine and other clergymen would be concerned, because the issue is standing by your own pastor,” Mr. Sharpton said.
    >Mr. Wright’s church, the 8,000-member Trinity United Church of Christ, is considered mainstream — Oprah Winfrey has attended services, and many members are prominent black professionals. But the church is also more Afrocentric and politically active than standard black congregations.
    >Mr. Wright helped organize the 1995 Million Man March on Washington and along with other United Church of Christ ministers was one of the first black religious leaders to protest apartheid and welcome gay and lesbian worshippers.
    >Since Mr. Obama made his presidential ambitions clear, conservatives have drawn attention to his close relationship to Mr. Wright and to the church’s emphasis on black empowerment. Tucker Carlson of MSNBC called the precepts
    >“racially exclusive” and “wrong.” Last week, on the Fox News program “Hannity & Colmes,” Erik Rush, a conservative columnist, called the church “quite cultish, quite separatist.”
    >In Monday’s interview, Mr. Wright expressed disappointment but no surprise that Mr. Obama might try to play down their connection.
    >“When his enemies find out that in 1984 I went to Tripoli” to visit Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, Mr. Wright recalled, “with Farrakhan, a lot of his Jewish support will dry up quicker than a snowball in hell.” Mr. Wright added that his trip implied no endorsement of either Louis Farrakhan’s views or Qaddafi’s.
    >Mr. Wright said that in the phone conversation in which Mr. Obama disinvited him from a role in the announcement, Mr. Obama cited an article in Rolling Stone, “The Radical Roots of Barack Obama.”
    >According to the pastor, Mr. Obama then told him, “You can get kind of rough in the sermons, so what we’ve decided is that it’s best for you not to be out there in public.”

    I don’t care what your opinion is about Obama, but he’s given me another reason to be skeptical about his ambitions. If you can’t claim your faith and stand by your pastor; if Tucker Carlson can scare you away from your pastor (as if he’s god-fearing), as my father would say, “That’s lower than whaleshit”.

    If he can’t stand by his pastor, he won’t stand for the things that matter, regardless of race or economic class, when the heat is on. He may be more qualified than the escapee from the Insane Asylum that’s in the White House now, but there should be principles he should stand for.

    Such as standing by and supporting his Pastor/Spiritual Advisor. He’s putting his campaign advisors above the man of God and that can’t speak well for him in the coming months.

  9. political junkie,

    Exactly. I saw this article last night before I signed off and was maronating on it, along with some other things. Thanks for reminding me of it again.

  10. Denise

    but didn’t y’all say he was on the up n’ up because he is black has a black wife…

    :: eye roll ::

  11. Anonymous

    Just vote and work for Hillary. Why all the subterfuge about maybe supporting Obama. Oh wait…. you already work for Hillary. Is it soullesswhen you do it or just when Ted Wells does it?

  12. Anon:

    I’m not voting for Hillary, either; so don’t be fooled. The jury’s out on both Obama and Hillary – and the sad part is, with him dissing his pastor, the jury’s about to come back with a verdict that’s not in his favor.

    I’m wishing Gore throws his hat in the ring, because the real candidate (Dennis Kucinich) is being ignored by mainstream media, though I do admire how John Edwards is beginning to handle himself. When you compare the firing of bloggers versus dissing your pastor because your advisors told you to, I’ll take the guy who fired his bloggers and hired them back because he responded to the outcry from the public.

    Obama may melt down by July 2007, and if Hillary puts him on her ticket as VP, I’m not too sure that I’d still vote for them – but hey, the primary isn’t here yet.

  13. sox

    I think that a lot of African Americans are being fed the wrong information regarding the Cherokee Nation. First of all they are a soverign Nation and they do have the right to decide who is a member of their nation. There are 500 hundred Native American Tribes in the United States and a lot of these tribes determine who is or who cannot be a member of their tribe. This has been going on before the casinoes. This is not about racism but about self-governing. If the Freedman were truly of Native American descent or possessed the spirit of that nation than they would respect the tribes decision just like a lot of Native Americans that were taken off other tribal rolls in the U.S. That is democracy from the first americans and the first government on this soil. For the black american I know it means hand outs and money but it does not to the Cherokee people or any other tribe here in the U.S The black man needs to learn about other cultures and people before crying racism. Remeber they saved your asses.

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