President Obama Said the Words ‘Bill Thompson’ Tonight!

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All day Bill Thompson's campaign was atwitter over the chance that President Obama would mention and perhaps, maybe, possibly even endorse the Democratic candidate for mayor. Well, there's good news and bad news. The good news: Obama mentioned Thompson! The bad: He didn't exactly endorse him. This is what Obama said: "A great city comptroller, our candidate for mayor, my friend Billy Thompson is in the house."

Score! It's better than nothing, but not a clear endorsement. Don't tell Thompson that. "I am excited and proud to receive the endorsement of the president," Thompson said. "To have the president of the United States get involved in a New York City mayoral race and endorse me illustrates that he believes I will win and that I can lead this city." Well, that's certainly optimistic.

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