- DHS accused of holding U.S. citizen at airport, using emails to pry into her sex life
- Seattle socialist: Minimum-wage discussion skewed by ‘right-wing’ GAO analysis
- U.N. warns of Muslim ‘cleansing’ in Central African Republic
- Senate blocks change to military sex assault cases
- Drug mix may have cured child born with HIV, doctors say
- De Blasio’s wife irks former mansion chef with ‘servant’ remark
- Russia’s neighbors shiver amid Putin’s Cold War moves in Ukraine
- New SAT: The essay portion is to become optional
- Military group can’t march to honor the fallen at Boston Marathon due to security changes
- Senate passes bills deleting ‘retarded’ from laws
Obama’s entourage snarls traffic
RICHMOND — Thursday got off to a rocky start for Sen. Barack Obama as police handling the Democratic presidential hopeful’s massive entourage of staff, Secret Service and three press buses along for the ride blocked off commuters for at least 25 minutes.
Traffic backed up along the Powhite Parkway and one man got out of his car to confront a police officer and glare at the buses idling while they waited for Mr. Obama, who was meeting privately with potential vice-presidential pick Gov. Tim Kaine.
Mr. Obama also botched the names of two of the state’s most legendary politicians, gesturing at Richmond Mayor L. Douglas Wilder and Rep. Robert C. Scott, who were sitting next to each other, and calling them “Doug Scott.”
He caught the gaffe quickly and corrected himself while praising the men. He also paid tribute to Mr. Kaine’s wife Anne Holton and her mother, Jinx, a former first lady of Virginia.
But he pointedly did not offer any praise for Mr. Kaine, someone he has previously showered with compliments.
The governor seemed downtrodden at moments during the event, and most Virginia political observers think it’s possible Mr. Obama delivered the bad news Thursday that he is not being selected as a running mate.
In contrast to his events the previous day with former Gov. Mark Warner and Sen. Jim Webb, when he outlined each’s accomplishments, Mr. Obama did not say anything about Mr. Kaine.
At one point he teased that if town hall questioners felt like “the governor is screwing up somehow, you can direct [questions] at him.”
He also avoided an opportunity to defend Mr. Kaine’s record when a voter complained that Republican operative Karl Rove had criticized the city of Richmond, where Mr. Kaine served as mayor before he was elected lieutenant governor in 2001. Instead of saying anything kind about the city or his friend, Mr. Obama derided Mr. Rove as liking “the politics of insult.”
Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell, a Republican running for governor next year, said the Illinois senator’s continued campaign efforts in Virginia prove “this is a hotly contested state.”
He slammed Mr. Obama as “perhaps the most inexperienced person to run for president of the United States.”
About the Author
Christina Bellantoni is a White House correspondent for The Washington Times in Washington, D.C., a post she took after covering the 2008 Democratic presidential campaigns. She has been with The Times since 2003, covering state and Congressional politics before moving to national political beat for the 2008 campaign. Bellantoni, a San Jose native, graduated from UC Berkeley with ...
- EXCLUSIVE: Colombian prisoners strain D.C. Jail
- Dedicated funding lacking to fix Metro
- Metro didn't follow 3 federal safety notices
- NTSB cited Metro car problems in 2006
- Early questions focus on crash warning system
Latest Blog Entries
By Tammy Bruce
- Putin has transformed Russian army into a lean, mean fighting machine
- Bill Clinton cashes in on struggling nonprofit hospital
- Unemployment insurance vote could happen next week
- DELAY: A revolution for the Constitution
- PRUDEN: Likening Putin to Hitler on Ukraine shows Hillary's shaky grasp of history
- BRUCE: Obama's bizarre immigration rules
- IRS to turn over Lerner emails in tea party targeting probe
- Russias Putin nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
- R-S-P-E-C-T: Find out what it means for Obama
- Golden Hammer: Feds spend millions to train executives train in luxury
Pope Francis meets his 'mini-me'
Celebrity deaths in 2014
Winter storm hits states — again