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Obama Joins Desoto Democrats In Spirit

August 30, 2011

We mentioned a couple weeks ago that the Desoto County Democratic Party would be hosting a fairly large fundraiser with most of the Democratic candidates for statewide office, plus other key players, there. The event took place on August 26.

Unfortunately, Barack Obama couldn’t be there to cheer the party on live and in person, but they made sure he was there in spirit. Kelly Jacobs, who is a volunteer coordinator for Obama for America in Mississippi, posted several pictures from the Olive Branch event on Facebook, where we learned that a life-size cut-out of Obama joined the speakers at the podium.

To the right is a close up of Obama on stage as Connie Moran speaks. (You can click on the image for the full-size). And below is an overview of the room with cardboard Obama next to the head table:

Nunnelee ‘Grindin’ For His State.’ If you follow college football in the state, you’ve likely heard that phrase and if you’re a Mississippi State fan you’ve probably used that phrase. The words were first used by former running back Anthony Dixon, and the rest they say, is history.

Whit Waide is a professor at State who is known to use the phrase in class, on Twitter, etc. He even received a card from Rep. Alan Nunnelee, who wrote Waide to say, “I want you to know I’m up in Washington grindin’ for my state.” Nunnelee, as you may remember, is a State grad.

The district he represents is considered the Ole Miss district, compared to the Third which is the State district. But party trumps schools in politics, at least recently. Nunnelee knocked off Ole Miss alum Travis Childers last November. Gregg Harper, in the Third, is a grad of Mississippi College and Ole Miss Law School.

Upcoming events. A couple events that will be happening over the next week:

** The Mississippi GOP will have a short press conference Wednesday night from 6:45-7:00 at the Jackson Convention Center. Haley Barbour and Phil Bryant will be there, and all we know is that it is on “Mississippi’s November 2011 elections.”

** Personhood Mississippi will hold a rally on September 8 at First Baptist in Jackson. This is a kickoff for their campaign to drum up support for the personhood initiative which voters will decide on in November. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who is pretty familiar to Mississippi politics, will serve as the keynote speaker. Also for the initiative, the American Family Association has pledged $100,000 in support of the measure.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Kyle Williams permalink
    August 30, 2011 10:19 am

    A cardboard cut-out Obama is the best Obama I know.

  2. Chrisman permalink
    August 30, 2011 10:55 pm

    Notice anything that seems out of place at Connie’s table in comparison to the rest of the tables?

    • Bill Billingsley permalink
      August 31, 2011 12:24 pm

      If Connie’s the lady in red at the left, then it appears that her table is devoid of African American representation, which seems a little out of place for a gathering of Democrats in Mississippi. Hard to tell, though, and I don’t think it means anything. The Democrats are going to support Connie no matter what because that’s their only chance to pick up a state office.

      • Republican Dawg permalink
        August 31, 2011 2:36 pm

        Considering blacks voted for Shawn O’Hara four years ago, I imagine they will vote for Connie as she is actually competent.

      • Chrisman permalink
        August 31, 2011 10:19 pm

        A rhetorical question is a figure of speech in the form of a question posed for its persuasive effect without the expectation of a reply.

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