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."
Washington Post editors
November 4, 2008; 10:29 PM ET
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