Obama steers clear of Dixon
Barack Obama did not acknowledge Mayor Sheila Dixon in his stop in Baltimore this afternoon. He had acknowedged the mayor of Philadelphia when he kicked off the whistlestop tour today. Dixon was an early supporter of Obama, but there had been much speculation this week about how the president-elect would handle her presence at the event given her indictment on perjury, theft and misconduct charges.
He started off the speech thanking "Baltimore's own" Nancy Pelosi and "members of Maryland's Congressional delegation." He then garbled the next bit with thanks to "Maryland state and elected officials."
Then, at the end of the speech, "Join Nancy Pelosi in this effort. And join Gov. O'Malley in this effort. And join the Congressional delegation in this effort."
And that was it.