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Obama: Even-keeled

The New York Times' Zeleny writes about what may be one of the secrets to Obama's success, if he wins tomorrow: his even-keel demeanor. "While Mr. Obama smiles less than he once did, gauging his mood simply by looking at him is risky: his baseline cool temperament has seldom spiked along the rocky points of his journey. In a campaign where he has slogged through more competitive election days than any recent nominee, only one more lies ahead. And it is the long path of the Democratic primary, which lurched from the ups of Iowa to the downs of Ohio, that his friends say provided Mr. Obama with a steady equilibrium as he enters this final turn in the race for the White House."

"Obama, if he wins, appears likely to draw several of his top aides, including some Cabinet secretaries, from three key sources: Democratic governors midway through their second and final terms in office; former top appointees of Bill Clinton's administration; and political pros from Obama's hometown of Chicago," AP writes. "McCain, a former Navy officer whose father and grandfather were admirals, is likely to rely more heavily on current and retired military officials. He probably would draw more people from the corporate world, and somewhat fewer people from think tanks and academia, than would Obama, according to people close to the candidates."

The New York Post's Election Eve Special has a cover with Obama with an arm around Bruce Springsteen and the headline, "New Boss." Subhead: "Polls show win as O gets Bruce boost." Headline inside: "Barack Born to Run away with it."

"Almost two long years later, Obama enters the campaign's waning hours a strikingly different candidate, one who may win the presidency tomorrow largely on the strength of his economic message," the Boston Globe writes. "Among the many ways in which Obama has evolved as a candidate, none is as fundamental as his shift in focus from the war to the economy. The metamorphosis reflects both the changed political climate over the past 21 months, and the agility Obama has shown in responding to it."

Obama on his aunt who is living in the US illegally: "'If she is violating laws, those laws have to be obeyed,' Obama said in an interview with Katie Couric aired last night on CBS News. 'We're a nation of laws. Obviously that doesn't lessen my concern for her. I haven't been able to be in touch with her. But I'm a strong believer you have to obey the law.'"