(BILLINGS, MONT.) - Barack Obama tried to dispel rumors of a rift between himself and the Clintons by watching Hillary Clinton's speech tonight with a local family as television cameras and reporters looked on. The campaign said they had organized a "surprise" visit at the home of a local field organizer, who was hosting a convention watch party.
Sitting on the edge of a sofa, Obama watched Clinton's speech intently, often clapping and yelling out "yeah!" He appeared to like many of Clinton's lines, especially "no way, no how, now McCain" and Clinton's reference to her "sisterhood of the traveling pantsuits."
After the speech, Obama proclaimed "That was excellent! That was a strong speech…I thought she was outstanding."
Just moments after leaving the house party, Obama called both Hillary and Bill Clinton. Campaign aides said Obama told her how grateful he is for her support and congratulated her on her speech. He told Bill Clinton that he knew he must have been proud of his wife watching her tonight – as proud as he was watching Michelle.