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Obama: All about Bush?

The Los Angeles Times makes a good point about how last week was about Obama defining his 2008 opponent as Bush -- which may explain why McCain had such a hard time inserting himself into the story. The natural opponent for Obama last week was Bush, not McCain. "Though his language was muted, it was still clear that he was offering himself as the un-Bush, promising a less ideological American partner who would join forces on climate change, "reject torture and stand for the rule of law," and work jointly for nuclear disarmament. "The walls between old allies on either side of the Atlantic cannot stand," he said."

The Washington Post looks at Obama's attempts to increase black turnout. "If 95 percent of black voters support Obama in November, in line with a recent Washington Post-ABC News national poll, he can win Florida if he increases black turnout by 23 percent over 2004, assuming he performs at the same levels that Democratic candidate John F. Kerry did with other voters that year. Obama can win Nevada if he increases black turnout by 8 percent. Ohio was so close in 2004 that if Obama wins 95 percent of the black vote, more than Kerry did, he will win the state without a single extra voter. But an increase in overall black turnout could help offset a poorer performance among other voters."

"The push has also raised Democrats' hopes of reclaiming Southern states with large black populations, such as Georgia and North Carolina, where low turnout among voters of all races has left much more untapped potential than in traditionally competitive states such as Ohio. Obama, who himself led a huge voter-registration drive in Chicago in 1992, has said he could compete in states such as Mississippi by increasing black turnout by 30 percent."

Obama visited an orthopedic doctor for a sore hip from playing basketball, the campaign said.

Per NBC's Louis Burgdorf and Abigail Williams… As the hands of Big Ben struck noon in London on Saturday Obama sat with Great Britain's opposition leader, David Cameron, advocating something groundbreaking: thinking.  After a whirlwind tour of Europe and the Middle East visiting as many as eight countries in nine days, Cameron asked Obama, "Have you had a break at all?"  Obama admitted he hoped to take a week in August, but emphasized the importance of refreshing yourself.
 
"Should you be successful," Obama said, referencing advice handed down to him from a veteran of the Clinton Administration, "the most important thing to do is to have big chunks of time during the day where all you're doing is thinking."

The two also discussed the inherent difficulties in having time to process a constant stream of information when your schedule is often splintered into fifteen minute increments.  "You have a bunch of smart people out there that know ten times more than we do about the specifics of the topic and if what you're trying to do is micromanage and solve everything, you end up being a dilettante," Obama said, as he also pinpointed the risks: "You start making mistakes or you lose the big picture."