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Obama Plays it Cool

By Shailagh Murray
CHICAGO - The "no drama" campaign can barely suppress a collective grin, but the candidate is playing it cool -- as usual.

Early turnout reports today suggested that Barack Obama was meeting, or exceeding, his targets in all key battleground states. Senior campaign aides headed off for lunch at a favorite deli and lingered long after their plates were cleared. Others spent the afternoon with spouses, kids and parents who flew to Chicago for the big night.

To the extent that anyone was concerned about anything, the focus was Ohio and Florida, where initial turnout figures looked solid but not exceptional. But then Ohio was called for Obama soon after the polls closed, and there was little left to fear.

Sen. Bob Casey, an Obama pal who helped to deliver a big win the Keystone state, traveled to Chicago to play basketball with the Democratic nominee this afternoon. The Pennsylvania senator was giddy, but Casey said Obama was even more serious than usual. He asked Obama the standard election-day question: How do you feel?

"Good," Obama replied with a straight face. "We've done everything we could."

By Washington Post editors  |  November 4, 2008; 10:29 PM ET
Categories:  Barack Obama  
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Thank God

Posted by: taid | November 5, 2008 12:09 AM | Report abuse

I have to sit back and think, about how "mr cival rights LBJ" must feel after as he looks down, and said as he after the voting rights act, you can not break the chains of surpression and bring that person to the starting line and believe that person can compete right away. Wellwe are a generation away any and YES WE CAN. The US did not vote for a Black man to be President, we voted for the best amn to be President.

Posted by: politico4 | November 4, 2008 11:50 PM | Report abuse

We have a new President. He is practical, moral, and intellectually curious. How refreshing. ...............

Posted by: glclark4750 | November 4, 2008 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Obama didn't just win tonight.

The United States took back its soul ...

Posted by: Martinedwinandersen | November 4, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

We Love You President Obama!

Thank you for giving us back our Country.

Yes We Can!

Posted by: DrWho2 | November 4, 2008 10:53 PM | Report abuse

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