Going through my e-mail earlier today, I ran across this one from the Obama campaign:
Election Night Media Website Now Open
CHICAGO – The Obama-Biden campaign today opened a website to collect media credential and coverage resource requests for our Election Night event in Chicago. Credential and media resource requests will be accepted … through midnight on Saturday, October 25, 2008. Late requests will not be accepted. Space is limited.
The website provides two options for news outlets to request credentials to cover the Election Night event in Chicago…
And you know what struck me about that? It’s modesty. The standard such release touts a "Victory Celebration," and this one didn’t. Yeah, it’s to the media and not to a list of supporters (or, some would say, overt supporters), but I still found myself thinking: How cool can Obama get? He’s not going to take anything for granted, and certainly not get excited prematurely — if ever.
I had almost forgotten that release when I got this one from McCain, headlined "Two weeks to Victory." Never mind that that’s almost maniacally optimistic. Consider that Obama is widely seen as the heir to JFK, whose administration, at least in retrospect, made "hubris" a household word. But ironically enough, The One is the one playing it modest.