Will Obama stand with Dixon?
We're getting rumblings that the details of Barack Obama's visit to Baltimore on Saturday are close to being finalized and could be announced officially today or tomorrow. As many as 150,000 people are expected to come to see him speak. Among the many questions raised by such a huge event is, will Sheila Dixon stand by the president elect on stage?
Under normal protocol, the mayor of a city Obama is visiting would probably get at least a photo op with the incoming commander in chief, and that would especially be true here given Dixon's early and ardent support for Obama, not an insignificant thing since it marked a break with Gov. O'Malley's support of Hillary Clinton.
But Dixon is fresh off a 12-count indictment on charges of perjury and theft, and that would, at the least, pose a distraction from what Obama wants to accomplish. It would certainly be embarassing for Dixon if she were told to stay away, but the interests of the president trump the interests of the mayor, and I wouldn't be shocked if these two never quite meet up in public on Saturday.