Obama pours on the Clinton love

Barack Obama has been fielding plenty of criticism these days for letting Bill and Hillary Clinton play a big role in Denver’s upcoming Democratic National Convention. Maureen Dowd, a columnist for The New York Times, expressed her disgust at the Clintons’ major speaking slots at the convention in a column last week.

“Now they’ve made Barry’s convention all about them — their dissatisfaction and revisionism and barely disguised desire to see him fail,” she wrote. “Whatever insincere words of support the Clintons muster, their primal scream gets louder: He can’t win! He can’t close the deal! We told you so!”

Dowd notes that Obama’s generous tack differs greatly from Al Gore’s during the 2000 Los Angeles convention, in which the Clintons enjoyed minor roles before being shown the door.

But rather than cut back on his Clinton affection, Obama seems to be ramping things up even more. In a fundraising plea that hit Denver doorsteps on Friday afternoon, Obama referenced Clinton in the sixth paragraph of a four-page-long letter.

“This has been a long campaign. And we’ve traveled this road with one of the most formidable candidates to ever run for President,” he wrote. “In her 35 years of public service, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton has never given up on her fight for the American people. Senator Clinton has shattered myths and broken barriers and changed the America in which my daughters and your daughters and granddaughters will come of age.”

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