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Tension In Unity: Clinton Donors Give Obama Cold Shoulder

07/05/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Clinton and Obama were upbeat at a meeting with top Clinton donors last night. "I know my supporters have extremely strong feelings, and I know Barack's do as well," Clinton said. "But we are a family, and we have an opportunity now to really demonstrate clearly we do know what's at stake, and we will do whatever it takes to win back this White House."

But the people they were there to win over were less enthused, according to ABC News:

One major Clinton donor described it this way: "This felt like when your mom forces you to go visit your Aunt Ida and she has to pinch your cheeks and you're sitting there in an uncomfortable suit and you can't wait to leave."

Another Clinton-leaning person who was in the room said after the meeting wrapped up that there is still "a lot of anger" toward Obama among Clinton's wealthiest fans.

"It was pretty bad," this source said. He said donors were joking that the scene was like "an Irish wake" and that you "could cut the air with a knife" it was so tense in the room.

After the press left, donors pressed Obama with questions about Clinton's role -- including whether he would make her his vice presidential nominee.

After the meeting, Clinton and Obama flew to a rally in Unity, New Hampshire -- their first public campaign appearance together.

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