— From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
Obama said he had a responsibility to be in Washington for votes on Iraq rather than be in Jena. "This is not an issue of black or white," Obama said of the Jena situation. He said it's an American issue of justice. It highlights the fine line Obama walks on race as he tries to be a viable, broader candidate, as the Columbia State front-paged this week.
And Obama was the first to release a statement on Jena.