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Opening statements

From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
Clinton and Obama's opening statements really highlight politics -- and why Americans find politics contradictory, not straightforward and sometimes illogical.

Obama talked about how Clinton and he were friends, are friends and will be friends after this is over. What do they say? Oh yeah... with friends like those...

I guess he chalks that up to what he called "a tough campaign."

With a smile, Clinton spoke nicely of both of them, even said she believes one of them will be the next president of the United States. But then in selling herself, she delivered this familiar subtle dig on Obama: that Americans should vote for someone who's ready on "Day One." So, in implying -- again -- that Obama is not ready on Day One, why then should any American vote for him? If he's not ready on Day One, why would she then believe that we should be looking at the next president between the two of them. Going further then, are none of the Republicans ready on Day One either? Is Hillary Clinton the only one who's ready on Day One?

Ah, politics.