Lieberman became Obama's mentor when Obama was sworn into the Senate in 2005. They stayed close at Thursday night's event, too, entering the room together and working the crowd in tandem.
Despite the camaraderie between the two, the crowd was clearly more receptive to Obama's remarks than Lieberman's speech about party unity and the potential for Democratic victories at the ballot box this fall.
In fact, scattered boos greeted Lieberman when he took the podium, and he had to stop three times during his remarks to shush the crowd so he could deliver key points.(AP)
There are similar reports from My Left Nutmeg and Daily Kos. All three sources seem to indicate that the boos weren't loud, long, or made by many people, but they also seem to agree that Lieberman's speech wasn't nearly as well-received as the others.
I have to wonder--if that's the JJB, what's the convention going to be like? I hope I can manage media credentials for it: I'd love to see and report on that for myself (are you listening, Democratic HQ? I did send you an email).
If anyone was there tonight, I'd love to hear your impressions. Is the AP story accurate? Was it overblown? Did it miss things?
Whatever the case, I can't imagine that John Bailey, who put the unity of the party above all things, would approve. I wonder what he'd make of this situation? Maybe Joe Lieberman, who wrote a biography of Bailey, is wondering that, too.
"Obama rallies state Democrats, throws support behind Lieberman." Associated Press 30 March, 2006.