The New York Times' Michael Luo looks at Obama fundraising efforts through the eyes of one former Clinton money man, Hassan Nemazee. "There are at least some signs that money from former Clinton backers is starting to pick up for the Obama campaign," Luo writes. "But that does not mean that finding people who could write a check for $28,500 -- the ticket price per couple for the intimate dinner on Monday at Mr. Nemazee's Park Avenue apartment -- was particularly easy, especially among a New York donor base heavily dependent upon the fortunes of Wall Street."
Which states matter most? "The Obama campaign sent the Florida Democratic Party a $250,000 check on Aug. 22, $200,000 to Colorado Democrats and lesser amounts to 22 other states -- all but one a battleground -- on the same day, according to FEC records," per the Chicago Sun-Times' Lynn Sweet.
Gov. Sarah Palin did New York Tuesday, for the first of two days of meetings with world leaders. But as press access restrictions reached ludicrous levels, we almost didn't see the pictures. (Lesson learned: When you really don't care about the filter, sometimes it filters.)
"For a time this morning, the McCain-Palin campaign refused to allow any editorial presence -- no reporters or producers -- to go with a network pool camera to take pictures of Palin meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Colombian President Alvaro Uribe and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger," per ABC's Kate Snow. "The McCain campaign eventually relented after the television networks threatened to ban and not use any footage of Palin meeting with leaders."
Not that it was fascinating television: "It was a tightly controlled crash course on foreign policy for the Republican vice presidential candidate, the mayor-turned-governor who has been outside North America just once," AP's Sara Kugler reports. "Palin sat down with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Colombian President Alvaro Uribe. The conversations were private, the pictures public, meant to build her resume for voters concerned about her lack of experience in world affairs."
"It was Ms. Palin's introduction to motorcade diplomacy, a lightning round of meetings and photo opportunities designed to portray Ms. Palin -- who lacks much in the way of foreign policy experience, has traveled abroad little and had not met a foreign head of state before Tuesday -- at ease with world leaders," Michael Cooper and Kate Zernike report in The New York Times. "And while she rode from leader to leader, sometimes causing gridlock along the way, her husband, Todd, took their 5-month-old son, Trig, and two of their daughters, Willow, 14, and Piper, 7, about town. They took pictures with the Statue of Liberty in the background, ate hot dogs in Central Park and stopped in at F.A.O. Schwarz, where Piper tried on some princess dresses, the campaign said."
Actual words spoken by the actual candidate: "They were very, very good meetings. Very helpful," Palin told the New York Daily News at the end of the day, as she hustled toward the elevators at her Times Square hotel.
Michael Saul and David Saltonstall, in the Daily News: "In a photo op with Kissinger, Palin sounded more like a gushing student than a seasoned globetrotter. After Kissinger praised McCain's tough stance against the Russian invasion of Georgia, Palin replied, 'Good, good. And you'll give me more insight on that, also, huh? Good.' "