July 9th, 2008
11:30 AM ET
10 years ago

Obama makes stop at VP vetter's office

Holder, right, and Caroline Kennedy are heading up Obama's VP search.

Holder, right, and Caroline Kennedy are heading up Obama's VP search.

(CNN) - Barack Obama made a surprise stop Wednesday morning at the Washington, DC law firm of his top VP vetter, Eric Holder.

Campaign aides declined to say exactly why the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee made the unscheduled stop, including whether Obama was specifically meeting with Holder.

Holder, a former deputy attorney general during the Clinton administration, is currently an attorney at the law firm of Covington and Burling. He serves as a legal adviser to Obama, and was tapped by the campaign last month to help steer the Illinois senator's search for a running mate.

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David Axelrod, one of Obama's top political advisers, accompanied the presidential candidate into the office.

Obama and Axelrod were in the building for a little more than an hour.

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soundoff (291 Responses)
  1. arc, Lugano CH

    There are millions of people in the world who are suffering everyday; millions who would give everything and anything to live the life of a spoiled, bitter Hillary Supporter in the United States of America.
    Think Globally…Dem2008

    July 9, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  2. God was watching

    She grows in stature...
    He diminishes...

    Cheating is not winning.
    God does NOT like ugly- neither do the true DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE.

    July 9, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  3. gallax

    He should choose Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Really Really Really!

    July 9, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  4. Cliff

    Let's see..........this clown regrets pimpin his girls for an interview...he says he was "caught up in the moment." Wonder if he'd get "caught up in the moment" in some tough presidential decision or in a conversation with another country's leader? So what did he figure out with the visit to the vetter's office? Another tough decision? Don't all you Obama lovers get it??? What's the problem? "Caught up in the moment?"

    July 9, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. Elaine

    Regarless of what you feel for Hillary, remember people that she is a democrat and will do whatever it takes to make sure that a democrat is elected. I'm not a big fan of her's but you have to admit, after the initial shock of losing, she is standing behind Obama. Some may see that as a big 'front', but whatever the reason, I really don't care who he chooses as long as he wins. For those of you who say you will not vote for him if he chooses her or does not choose her, think of the alternative...McCain. And when you think of that alternative, think of the economy, the environment, health care, the war, and then say to yourself...McBush for another 4 years.

    July 9, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  6. Obama Supporter from FL

    Hey – so tell me, are all you PUMA people this whiny in your daily life? Or do you just act this way on these blogs?

    I know you are supposed to be older (one of Hillary's strongest groups), but you sound like a bunch of babies. How can you expect respect when all you seem to do is whine and cry?

    July 9, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  7. jrzshor

    i applaud obama's decision to hire caroline kennedy. she is someone who has worked hard for the american people. doing things such as...being the daughter of a dead guy.

    July 9, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  8. Orange County, CA

    Hey you guys,

    I went to the store yesterday to buy two Obama paperback books, "Dreams of My Father" and "The Audacity of Hope", and someone had turned three rows of the books around, so you couldn't read the titles. I showed it to the manager and I told her I would consider it a mistake and give the store the benefit of the doubt. And she said, "No, someone did this deliberately". She also said she was an Obama supporter, which was sweet of her to say. She said she would watch out for other incidences.

    I know OC is red country, but that's crazy. If I saw books for John McCain or Hillary, I would NOT turn the books around. This is still America.

    July 9, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  9. Glo C

    We have not had such honesty and truth in this country for a heck of a long time that we see in Obama and most American don't like truth or honesty. That's why there is so much opposition – but I pray that he does win and bring back some respect to this country. Other countries hate America for all the dishonest things they have done. Let's come together and bring some stability, restore our confidence and bring back our jobs. Vote OBAMA 2008

    July 9, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  10. Demagogue

    Obama has made a mockery of his own campaign message of hope, change and unity.

    He is a boastful. cocky, self-impressed politician like others before him who used the same old dirty tactics PLUS the new one, race-baiting, to get the nomination.

    The followers he inspired to join the party are hateful, nasty, filthy, vulgar, name-calling zealots who argue by force and coercion rather than by reason and informed position.

    Obama divided the democratic party by resorting to strong-arm tactics, mocking and jeering, to destroy his opponent.

    So no hope no change and no unity.


    July 9, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  11. mary

    Listen up Hillary folks lets not vote Mccain but for Ralph Nader. He is the most change candiate out there. He is honest and will do the country good. I don't want us to be at war for the next 100 years. So if he does not pick Hill then Nader is our man!

    NADER 08

    July 9, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  12. Ilona Hussein Proud Canadian


    Please, you really SHOULD TREAT THE OTHER POSTERS with just a little bit of RESPECT! There is ABSOLUTELY no need to SWEAR! You have every RIGHT TO VOTE FOR WHOMSOEVER YOU WANT. I don't think that ANYONE has plans on carting you off KICKING and SCREAMING and MAKING YOU vote for anyone else.

    So please have a little decency and STOP SCREAMING AND SWEARING on these blogs!

    July 9, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  13. John

    HILLARY FOR VP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I dont like the obamabots on this page!

    July 9, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  14. nate

    Rick....lol.....if nothing else you republicans are pathetic.

    July 9, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  15. P.U.M.A- true democrat for fair campains

    We will we will SHOW you...

    The DNC will learn never to fix a primary and to discount votes just to install their nominee.

    The "NEW" democrats will learn that hate, insults, vulgarity and debasing fellow democrats and their preferred candidate, will NOT work.

    This is a democracy and we have the right to vote as WE see fit.

    No amount of ranting, insulting, slander, sexist comments and force will coerce us to vote for the LEAST QUALIFIED NOMINEE EVER TO BE SELECTED- by everyone BUT the voters.

    July 9, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  16. ARB

    i dont blame them larry sinclair. i would too if i was in their situation.

    July 9, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  17. Hope

    A very difficult decision for Obama... He should not pick up his VP before McCain.

    July 9, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  18. JG from MA-Obamabot and proud of it

    If he picks Hillary, fine. I think their are better choices, but hillary would be okay.

    To the obama supporters who say they won't vote if he picks hillary, don't make yourself look like the PUMAs.

    To the PUMAs: Have you really been happy these last 7 years? Taking a chance with inexperience is better than the Bush-talk express.

    July 9, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  19. Ty

    Obama/Kerry 08

    July 9, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  20. Braden

    To all you PUMAs out there: John McCain had a 95% voting congruence with George Bush in 2007. That should be all that has to be said. If you are still considering supporting him, then you never supported Hillary's ideals in the first place.

    July 9, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  21. ANGIE

    i say collin powell or selibus

    July 9, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  22. Billy J in the Heart of Texas

    Clark or Biden. Hillary is too good for Veep. She needs to get the Senat majority leader away from that twit Reid. It is a shame when a WOMAN has bigger cahones than you, and knows when and how to use them better too!

    Clark or Biden NOT Nunn. Edwards for Attorney General.

    July 9, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  23. susie

    The Democrat Congress now has a 9% approval rating, that is lower than President Bush. Our economy is in turmoil, gas prices are high, everything is out of wack and Congress goes on vacation! What is wrong with this picture? How can we believe the Democrats? Why didn't Pelosi put her foot down and keep everyone in Washington? Who is in control?

    July 9, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  24. C.C.

    To all the Obama supporters out there. If you don't want Hillary for VP, then that is fine. To continue to insult her and her supporters flies in the face of what Obama is suppose to stand for.
    Another thing to consider. Many of you say that Hillary shouldn't be the VP because Obama would have to deal with Bill and Hill together. Here is something to consider-IF OBAMA CAN'T HANDLE BILL AND HILL, HOW CAN WE TRUST HIM TO HANDLE THE PROBLEMS OUR COUNTRY IS FACING?!!!!!!!!

    July 9, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  25. Patrick Henry

    Gay white women professionals who are liberal and not dependant on their own income for support–would be the few supporters of Caroline Kennedy as VP. Perhaps a few old money upstater's, and mabye even a few of the Kennedy's might also support her bid for VP.

    July 9, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
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