Tough Crowd: Obama Faces Clinton Donors

07/04/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
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Barack Obama faces a tough crowd as he attempts to soothe the bruised feelings of several dozen of Hillary Rodham Clinton's top campaign donors in Washington Thursday night.

Obama, who will join his former rival for a $1 million fundraiser at the Mayflower Hotel, has been less than enthusiastic in courting Clinton's money team, according to several major donors and supporters of the former first lady who spoke on condition of anonymity.

And that could dampen enthusiasm for raising the tens of millions Obama might get from his former rival's fundraising operation.

"It's going to be a really tense meeting ... Obama and his people have had this we-can-do-it-without-you attitude," said a Clinton ally from New York. "They haven't exactly been enthusiastic about reaching out. ... Hey, they might be right, maybe they can win it all without us."

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