Friday, July 25, 2008

Obama : Keeping it on the down low with Iranians at fundraiser.


Obama Held Private Session With Iranian-Americans.
Calif. Fundraiser Had Odd Solicitation: Raise Cash, Have Meeting

Sen. Barack Obama held a private session with a group of about two dozen Iranian-American donors shortly before a fundraiser this month in California after one of the participants said the Obama campaign would hold such a forum if local Iranian-Americans were able to raise $250,000.

The forum -- which was not on Obama's public schedule and was closed to the press -- took place shortly before a fundraiser at the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach, Calif., on July 13. That was less than a week before Obama's trip to the Middle East, where the U.S. relationship with Iran is a critical issue.

Obama spoke for about 15 minutes, according to the Obama campaign. He did not take questions, and did not stray substantially from his standard stump speech about the need to engage with Iran and the rest of the world in new manner, according to one attendee.

While such private meetings with well-heeled donors are not out of the ordinary, at least one fundraising pitch for the event was unusual.

Like I said, weird. I don't like people who do stuff on the down low. Nothing good can come of it.

Having said all that - do you think this has Hillary's fingerprints on it?