Obama Trolls for Support on Capitol Hill
RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:
NPR's Don Gonyea was with Obama on a day when the frontrunner also courted TV anchors and superdelegates on Capitol Hill.
DON GONYEA: But last night Obama was unequivocal in his praise of a Jewish state that he said has endured through decades of war and terror.
BARACK OBAMA: But through these challenges to their state's existence, Israelis have done more than survived. They have forged a brilliant and strong democracy. They've provided a promised land for Jews from around the world. They've built a thriving economy that has spread opportunity to Israeli citizens while enriching the world. And they've developed a rich cultural life and made enormous contributions to the sciences and the arts.
GONYEA: Obama also paid homage to the deep bond between Israel and the U.S., describing the bonds between the two as unbreakable.
OBAMA: As somebody who has had the great honor of running for the presidency of the United States of America, I pledge to you that I will do whatever I can in whatever capacity to not only ensure Israel's security but also to ensure that the people of Israel are able to thrive and prosper and build on the enormous promise that was made 60 years ago.
GONYEA: He spoke briefly to reporters in the hallway of the Capitol.
OBAMA: There's some undecided. If they have questions for me, then I'm certainly happy to respond to them. Obviously, people have been anxious about some of the sense of division in the party and I just wanted to assure them that whatever happens, we will be coming together.
GONYEA: In an interview last night with NBC News anchor Brian Williams, Obama said he's convinced that after this brutal primary season is complete, Democrats will unite, whatever some of them say now.
OBAMA: That doesn't mean that I don't have a job in front of me if I end up being the nominee. I think it's important for us to systematically reach out and describe for people with as much specificity as possible what exactly an Obama presidency would mean.
GONYEA: Don Gonyea, NPR News, Washington.
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