Barack Obama tells Hillary Clinton supporters to 'get over it'
By Toby Harnden in Washington
Last Updated: 10:13AM BST 24/06/2008
Senator Barack Obama has angered senior allies of his vanquished Democratic rival Senator Hillary Clinton by telling them to "get over it".
At a meeting with members of the Congressional Black Caucus last week, reported by ABC News, Mr Obama urged women who had backed Mrs Clinton to support him against John McCain, the Republican nominee.
"If women take a moment to realise that on every issue important to women, John McCain is not in their corner, that would help them get over it," he said, according to Congresswoman Yvette Clark.
The phrase "get over it" was viewed as dismissive by some of those present. "Don't use that terminology," Congresswoman Diane Watson told him.
Such raw tension at the meeting underlined the difficulties Mr Obama has to overcome when wooing Mrs Clinton's supporters in advance of their first joint public appearance in New Hampshire on Friday.