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Barack Obama loves the Rays.

What perfect timing.  From an awesome article by Scott Helman on boston.com:

Thanks, senator, we really needed a reminder.

Barack Obama is campaigning today in, of all places, Tampa, where Red Sox fans’ hearts were broken last night in a season-ending Game 7 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. Oh, well, we pushed them to the brink, right?

As if the dateline from Obama’s event wasn’t enough salt in the wound, he chose a half-dozen Rays players to introduce him, including relief pitcher David Price, who closed the door on the Sox in the late innings. The players basked in their win, and helped Obama make a pitch for early voting, which begins today in Florida.

“Give it up for the Rays!” Obama said to cheers after giving high-fives and hugs to Price and his cohorts.

Oh, and if you didn’t think this was torture enough, this all happened at (gulp) George Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, the winter home to the New York Yankees.

“I have said from the beginning that I am a unity candidate, bringing people together,” Obama said. “So when you see a White Sox fan showing love to the Rays, and the Rays showing some love back, you know we’re onto something right here.”

Obama joked that he was going to get a mohawk, in solidarity. “My political advisers said they weren’t sure how that was going to play with swing voters,” he said.

He doesn’t have enough hair for a proper mohawk, but he sure was in the right place at the right time for some good lovin’.

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We made the Miami Herald!

Check us out! You can click that link for full coverage, but I will also drop the prominent text in this post, since the Herald deletes their content after a month or so.  Enjoy:

Rian Fike, a MoveOn member who organized the event at the Intercoastal in North Miami Beach, believes that highlighting these particular issues will be the most important factor in determining the presidential election.

”When you hold the candidates up next to each other, Obama will be the obvious choice,” Fike said.

Fike and his wife, Nina, heard about the bake sales when MoveOn started asking for volunteers through liberal blog sites. Not knowing what to expect, the Fikes called some friends and sent out e-mails trying to drum up support for the event. On Saturday, a half-dozen volunteers showed up with card tables, posters and piles of baked goods for the cause. Nina Fike even designed a few T-shirts for the volunteers that featured Obama superimposed on an American flag. She plans to make more shirts to sell at future events and hopes to help organize more bake sales in the forthcoming months.

”I think people are really excited about the election,” she said. “It’s history in the making.”

Judy Seagal, an active MoveOn member for several years, participated in the last nationwide bake sale in 2004. She enlisted the help of her neighbors to bring baked goods to a sale in Miami Shores. ”I think it will help, especially here in Florida where there was no campaigning,” Seagal said.

Other activist groups got the word out and sent volunteers to the bake sales. William Peña Wells, a member of the Democratic Party of Miami-Dade, came out to see what effect the event would have on the community.

”It brings a small-town atmosphere to the global village,” said Wells, who is trying to organize a Democratic group to represent Miami Shores, Biscayne Park and El Portal residents.

Passersby were also able to register to vote or apply for new state registration.

The Miami bake sales were not as well attended as anticipated, but organizers chalked it up to the fact that thousands of Obama supporters already had flocked to the downtown area where the senator was speaking at the mayors’ conference. Issues covered by the presumptive Democratic candidate at the meeting ranged from the foreclosure crisis to community involvement and development programs.

Volunteers at the North Miami Beach bake sale focused on drawing attention to Obama’s stance on these issues rather than collecting funds, although they hope the combined profits of the other sales around the country will produce a considerable amount of money.

”It makes the whole country seem like a small town when everyone is having a bake sale on the same day,” Rian Fike said. “It was just a spur-of-the-moment thing; I wanted to be part of it.”

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