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Obama: It's not just his birthday...

This week is the campaign's Energy Week. Per the campaign, Obama is kicking it off with a speech in Michigan today, and he'll be traveling to Ohio and Indiana later in the week to talk about his short-term and long-term solutions to high gas prices and high energy bills.

Here's Obama's new TV ad on energy. 

McCain spokesman Tucker Bound issues this statement in response to Obama's ad. "Barack Obama's latest negative attack ad shows his celebrity is matched only by his hypocrisy, after all it was Senator Obama, not John McCain, who voted for the Bush-Cheney energy bill that was a sweetheart deal for oil companies. Also not mentioned is the $400,000 from big oil contributors that Barack Obama has already pocketed in this election."

Not surprisingly, Obama is asking that Florida and Michigan get their full votes at the Dem convention.

Obama agreed to the three presidential debates, but no more.

The Los Angeles Times' Rainey wonders if Obama's biggest problem is acting TOO presidential.  Remember when the critique was he's not presidential enough?

The Boston Globe warns Obama about his upcoming vacation, and it looks at the images created by other candidate vacations (Kerry and windsurfing, Reagan chopping wood, JFK sailing, Eisenhower golfing.) "In an arena dominated by personality-stifling suits and cookie-cutter rallies, vacations are colorful departures from the everyday and a window into our leaders' hearts, showing us what they find beautiful and relaxing, the people and places they value most. But a vacation is also a prime setting for a political fiasco, a kaleidoscope of dorky outfits, unplanned digressions, and luxurious backdrops that can look (always in hindsight) awfully inappropriate during times of economic hardship. For Kerry, what might have seemed like an impressively athletic activity for a man in late middle age morphed into the perfect visual metaphor for his opponents' case against him."