"Above all, Obama offered a display of his personal familiarity with Jewish culture - recalling a summer-camp counselor who taught him about Zionism, and the role Jewish authors have played in his intellectual formation -- as he declared 'we will always have a special relationship,' appearing for a moment to speak interchangeably about Israel and the American Jewish community," Sasha Issenberg writes in The Boston Globe.
Per The Miami Herald's Beth Reinhard: "The visit aimed to raise Obama's profile in the Jewish community, which favored rival Hillary Clinton 2-1 in Florida's Jan. 29 primary."
And Obama faced some incoming from McCain Thursday: "Republican John McCain launched a harsh attack on Democrat Barack Obama's lack of military credentials Thursday, charging that the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination has 'zero understanding' of veteran's issues,"McClatchy's Margaret Talev reports.
(He went there already?)
In fairness, Obama started it, with an unusual political attack on the Senate floor: "I can't understand why he would line up behind the president in his opposition to this GI bill. I can't believe why he believes it is too generous to our veterans," Obama said.
But here's another fight Obama didn't start: "For a young man with very little experience, he's done very well," McCain said of his likely rival Thursday, per ABC's Bret Hovell. "I appreciate his very great lack of experience and knowledge of the issues."
On that veterans' bill -- notice that Republicans broke in large numbers not just with President Bush, but with McCain as well. "Twenty-four Republicans defied the president and Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), the party's presumptive presidential nominee, by supporting a massive domestic-spending plan as part of the emergency war-spending bill," The Hill's Manu Raju reports. "That included a $52 billion veterans' education benefits package opposed by the White House that has become a flashpoint in the presidential campaign."
Obamaland should be kept up nights by this -- it's amusing, but not funny: "The Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy took a blow with Hillary Clinton's collapse. But it is regrouping, and finding plenty of sinister things to say about Obama -- even if he didn't trade cattle futures," Dana Milbank writes in The Washington Post.
The Clinton Clan:
Clinton's path to the nomination is so simple: "Have Michigan and Florida's lost delegations seated in full, stretch the number needed for the nomination to 2,210 (from the 2,026 it is now without those states) and fight for the remaining pledged delegates and uncommitted super delegates," writes Todd Spangler of the Detroit Free Press.
"The map favors Sen. Clinton," campaign spokesman Howard Wolfson said on a conference call with reporters Thursday, summarizing the arguments to the supers.
Help from the Q-poll: "As of today, Sen. Clinton's argument that she's the better general election candidate seems to be borne out by the data," said Quinnipiac's Peter Brown tells the New York Daily News' Kenneth Lovett and David Saltonstall.
In advance of next Saturday's DNC meeting, the Clinton campaign is rejecting Obama's offer to seat half the Florida delegation -- but it hasn't always been a prospect Camp Clinton frowned on. "That is an appropriate penalty," former President Bill Clinton said on the subject last week, per ABC News.