For as far as Obama has gotten, we're still in the get-to-know-you-phase: "For all his sudden fame, most voters know little about the texture of his life," Howard Kurtz writes in The Washington Post. "Now, in ways large and small, he and his staff are trying to add some dabs of color to a gauzy portrait, using media coverage to convey the sense of a down-to-earth fellow."
Might the public-financing reversal be remembered as a media tipping point? "Scathing editorials in many top broadsheets characterized Obama's move as a self-interested flip-flop, dismissed his efforts to cast it as a principled stand and charged that Obama wasn't living up to the reformer image around which he has crafted his political identity," Kenneth P. Vogel writes for Politico.
"The fact that McCain has been willing over the years to take the lead on these issues, when it's arguably not in his self-interest, is one measure of character that over the years we've respected," Washington Post editorial page editor Fred Hiatt, tells Vogel.
Did the Republican money machine make him do it? "We find that to be a large exaggeration and a lame excuse," FactCheck.org's Brooks Jacobson writes. "In fact, donations from PACs and lobbyists make up less than 1.7 percent of McCain's total receipts, and they account for only about 1.1 percent of the RNC's receipts."
But maybe Obama will have a reason to protest yet: "The same publisher that distributed the 2004 best-seller that took aim at John Kerry's Vietnam service is planning a summer release of what's scheduled to be the first critical book on Barack Obama," Politico's Jonathan Martin reports. "Conservative journalist David Freddoso's 'The Case Against Barack Obama' will offer 'a comprehensive, factual look at Obama,' according to Regnery Publishing President and Publisher Marjory Ross."
"But the book's subtitle makes clear its perspective: "The Unlikely Rise and Unexamined Agenda of the Media's Favorite Candidate.' "
In case the Clinton events don't spell out the agenda for the week . . . Obama campaigns Monday in Albuquerque, where he'll host a town-hall meeting with group of women. On tap, per ABC's Jennifer Duck, are his plans "to stand up for equal pay, increase access to pre-K and after-school care, and dramatically expand paid and sick leave to help parents juggling a job and childcare."
From the Obama campaign: "Senator Obama will kick off the final week of the 'Change that Works for You' economic tour with a discussion on the unique economic challenges facing working women. The meeting will take place at the Flying Star Café and Bakery, a woman-founded and owned local business in Albuquerque. At this event, Senator Obama will sit down with female Flying Star employees to discuss how they are working harder and earning less while the cost of living keeps increasing—leaving them with fewer options as they struggle to balance work and family."
Michelle Obama is working that territory, too: "Michelle Obama climbed into her charter jet Friday and flew here from Chicago for lunch and a speech -- I clocked it at seven minutes -- before an influential women's group whose board includes key supporters of Sen. Hillary Clinton," Lynn Sweet writes in the Chicago Sun-Times.