CBS' Gloria Borger focused on Obama's "younger generation" media strategy. Eschewing a traditional press conference or public announcement before arrayed cameras, he Webcast his speech on www.barackobama.com directly to his supporters. Borger paraphrased the 45-year-old's message that "babyboomers, who have been fighting the same old fights for years, need to move over." Technically speaking, 45 still falls inside the babyboomer cohort.
ABC took two angles. Jake Tapper (subscription required) outlined the likely themes of an Obama campaign as "presenting fairly traditional liberal views as fresh and inspiring…aggressively trying to turn his inexperience into an asset." Tapper quoted an Obama soundbite from a rally in Chicago in 2002--"What I do oppose is a dumb war"--and observed that no other major Presidential candidate was against the invasion of Iraq before it happened. George Stephanopoulos handicapped his strengths and weaknesses vis-a-vis his likely major rival Hillary Rodham Clinton: she is ahead in the polls; he is the face of change, against the war, popular among African-Americans.
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