From Kristen McQueary's excellent Sunday column in the Daily Southtown (I'll just clip from the column):
Even though his U.S. Senate candidate lost soundly — and the person with whom he maintains a rocky relationship won solidly — U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-1st) of Chicago attended a unity breakfast the day after the primary.
Rush backed Blair Hull over Barack Obama. Many speculated at least part of the reason was because Obama challenged Rush for his seat in Congress in 2000.
Rush said he backed Hull because they share similar backgrounds, and they built a friendship. Rush stood by Hull even when divorce and drug allegations dragged him down.
Obama, new superstar of the Democratic Party, was the center of attention at the breakfast and thanked Rush publicly for being there.
"It's no secret we've had our differences in the past, so for him to extend himself in this manner is extraordinary," Obama said.
Senate President Emil Jones — who backed Obama — wasn't as cordial when asked later about Rush's attendance: "I should have told him not to come: Bobby 'Price is Right' Rush."
Jones was turned off that Rush got behind Hull — a millionaire who doled out checks to various organizations, including Rush's church, as he sought support for his U.S. Senate bid.