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Kerry: "We are in Setti Warren's city."

Posted by Metro Desk  October 16, 2010 07:05 PM

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John Tlumacki/Globe Staff


Obama worked the crowd at the Hynes Convention Center.

Newton mayor Setti Warren got a shout out from US Sen. John Kerry Saturday during a fundraiser ffeaturing President Obama at a Newton home.

In his remarks, Kerry paid homage to Warren, who worked for him when he was running for president in 2004. He recalled plane trips they took over Iowa and Wisconsin.

"We are in Setti Warren's city," Kerry said. "I never dreamed he was going to become mayor of Newton."

Warren took a bow.

President Obama received a warm welcome from Newton residents during his visit to the city for a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee fundraiser. He also headlined a rally in Boston for Gov. Deval Patrick.

In Newton, clutches of people lined Washington Street to catch a glimpse of the presidential motorcade. A young boy held a New England Patriots flag. A woman on a front lawn held an American flag in her right hand and an "Organizing for Obama" sign in her left.

People gathered at the end of driveways taking photographs.

The fundraiser was hosted by Dr. Ralph de la Torre, the chief executive of Caritas Christi Health Care.

The home where the fundraiser was held is a cedar-shingled home on a small hill on Howland Road. Obama's Cadillac limousine sat at the top of the driveway. The next-door neighbors held homemade sign that said: "Can Malia and Sasha come out and play?" It was signed by Caroline (10) and Grace (5).

About 75 people gathered in a room with a vaulted ceiling and fieldstone fireplace, although there was no fire in the hearth. The event raised $900,000

As Obama left the home, he stopped by the neighbor's house with the sign and said hello. People still lined the streets of Newton and waved goodbye.

Attendees included Kerry and his wife, Theresa Heinz Kerry; Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island; Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino; Newton Mayor Setti D. Warren; US Representative Edward Markey of Massachusetts; and former US Representative Martin T. Meehan of Massachusetts.

Before coming to Newton, Obama headlined a rally of thousands at Hynes Convention Center in Boston to boost support for Patrick.

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