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Obama, Off and Running

No surprise, but a load of coverage, in Barack Obama’s Springfield, Ill., announcement that he is officially in the presidential race.

“I recognize there is a certain presumptuousness, a certain audacity, to this announcement,” Obama said. “I know I haven’t spent a lot of time learning the ways of Washington. But I’ve been there long enough to know that the ways of Washington must change.

“Each and every time, a new generation has risen up and done what’s needed to be done,” he said. “Today we are called once more – and it is time for our generation to answer that call.”

On the money front, Bob Novak reports that Bill Clinton has persuaded Steven Spielberg to raise money for Hillary Clinton, even though the director is co-hosting the upcoming Obama fund raiser at the Beverly Hilton on Feb. 20.

What does this all mean? Maybe not a lot right now. Andy Spahn, who represents Spielberg on political matters, has for some weeks said that the director also would raise money for Hillary, although Spahn said on Friday no event has been finalized. Spielberg also was expected to give to John Edwards, before ultimately deciding on who to endorse.   

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