by Peter Freyne
"He’s the candidate who has spoken consistently and clearly against the war in Iraq," said former Burlington Mayor Peter Clavelle, speaking to an enthusiastic and hopeful crowd of over 100, upstairs at Nectar's in downtown Burlap Wednesday evening.
"He is the candidate who can unify this country," said the former Mayor Moonie, "to make America the great place that it can be."
A upbeat crowd of over 100 gathered for a Barack Obama for President fundraiser upstairs at Nectar's on Main Street. Good vibes. Nothing fancy. Folks are more and more starting to see the ol' light at the end of the tunnel return.
Democratic Attorney General Bill Sorrell [right] read off a list of "10 ReasonsWhy" Barack Obama should be the next president of the United States.They included:
"He's a very smart guy
"You don’t become president of the law review at Harvard," saidSorrell, "unless you’re really smart. And you don't teach consitutionallaw at University of Chicago Law School unless you're really smart. And itstrikes me, we should have a smart president, shouldn’t we?"
Excuse me, was our distinguished Attorney General insinuating something about the intelligence of our current president?
"An EPA under Barack Obama," said Gen. Billy, "will be a leader in improving our environmentin dealing with global warming and it wouldn’t take the states to grabthe feds, kicking and screaming.
"Barack Obama inspires me. I think he inspires a lot of people. And canyou imagine having a leader in the White House who inspires us as anation?"
Also a fiery speech from State Treasurer Jeb Spaulding.
"Barack Obama is a candidate who knew in the first place that we shouldhave never gone to Iraq," said Spaulding, "just like our entire Vermont congressionaldelegation.
"I got to tell you the truth," said Jeb [ a man they say is himself waiting to be governor in 2010, eh?]. Though Obama took flack from the right for it, Spaulding was "quite impressed," he told a cheering crowd, when he "saw a man stand up and say, 'Yeah I would be willingto meet with the presidents of Syria, North Korea and Iran and look atthem in the eye.'"
Time for "fresh thinking in this country, not the same old thing," said Treasurer Jeb.