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Old Obama magic elusive
Old Obama magic elusive

As the final two weeks of the midterm congressional campaign unwind, President Barack Obama is searching for the political magic that put him in the Oval Office six years ago but that seems to have slipped away. A week ago, he was back in his hometown of Chicago expressing pleasure at seeing many of the old friends and supporters at a Democratic National Committee fund-raiser, part of a final push in what he called "a lot of just nail-biter races" around the country. He professed to be upbeat, observing that "when people ask me how I'm doing, I say actually I'm doing pretty good. ... I love the work. It is an extraordinary privilege to every single day work on...

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