Obama lights up Westin St. Francis ballroom,
stumps for Boxer 2010 re-election bid
Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) gestures to Senator Barbara Boxer
(D-CA) referring to her as "a cutie" and "a meteor"
during a Westin St. Francis ballroom fundraiser event for Boxer's
2010 re-election bid.
February 20, 2007
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) got her 2010 re-election campaign
off to a flying start, Monday, at the San Francisco Westin Saint
Francis hotel. With as many as 1500 supporters attending the standing
room only event, Boxer reportedly took in over $350,000 in campaign
Boxer's biggest coup, of course, was her invitation to the ebullient
junior senator and presidential candidate, Barack
Obama, who draws capacity crowds wherever he speaks.
"You can't wait until the last minute," Boxer said
referring to her announcement that she will defend her U.S. senate
seat in 2010.
Boxer is targeting $20 million for her re-election campaign.
Obama is proving to be a present day phenom. His book, Audacity
of Hope, remains a top seller on the New York Times bestseller
list after 17 weeks in print.
And if charm, grace and conviction are qualities that can wow
a crowd, Obama has it all.
"I am so pleased to be here this evening on behalf of a
fire, a meteor, a charmer and a cutie," Obama beamed to Boxer
before turning his attention to his campaign message.
"We are here because this country is at a crossroads. It
is at a crossroads internationally. It is at a crossroads domestically."
Obama received his greatest applause when he said, "We're
in the midst of a war that should have never been authorized.
As a consequence of our misguided policies in Iraq, we find ourselves