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Obama: A 'great' non-answer

The New York Post picks up on Bill Clinton's interview on Meet The Press, in which the former president could not bring himself to call Obama a "great man," as he did with McCain. His biggest praise for the Democratic nominee was: "I think Senator Obama has shown a remarkable ability to learn and grow in this campaign. He always was highly intelligent and always a very good politician."  

Speaking of Bill Clinton, he'll be campaigning in Florida for Obama on Wednesday. 

The Boston Globe's Carroll writes: "Pundits focus on race as the pivotal issue, boiling Obama's problem down to unspoken national ambivalence about an African-American president. That's a factor, for sure, but it's one of three. Psychosocial storms are swirling around the issues of race, gender, and class -- three storms that have become one great hurricane, with Obama uniquely exposed, as if the lashed helmsman of a boat in danger of going under. Race, gender, and class define American identity, but Obama, just by being who he is, directly challenges the core assumptions that undergird each category."

"The mother of a Wisconsin soldier who died in Iraq says she was 'ecstatic' when Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama mentioned during Friday's debate the bracelet she gave him in honor of her son," AP writes. "Jopek criticized Internet reports suggesting Obama, D-Ill., exploited her son for political purposes. "'I don't understand how people can take that and turn it into some garbage on the Internet,' she said. Jopek acknowledged e-mailing the Obama campaign in February asking that the presidential candidate not mention her son in speeches or debates. But she said Obama's mention on Friday was appropriate because he was responding after Sen. John McCain, the Republican nominee, said a soldier's mother gave him a bracelet."