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CHEVY CHASE, MD - MARCH 11:  In this handout from the White House, U.S. President Barack Obama talks on the phone with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai from his vehicle outside the Jane E. Lawton Community Center March 11, 2012 in Chevy Chase, Maryland. According to reports March 15, 2012,  Afghan President Hamid Karzai wants Afghan forces to take over a year earlier in 2013 and wants U.S.  troops to pull out of villages after a U.S. soldier allegedly killed 16 Afghan civilians.  (Photo by Pete Souza/White House Photo via Getty Images)

CHEVY CHASE, MD - MARCH 11: In this handout from the White House, U.S. President Barack Obama talks on the phone with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai from his vehicle outside the Jane E. Lawton Community Center March 11, 2012 in Chevy Chase, Maryland. According to reports March 15, 2012, Afghan President Hamid Karzai wants Afghan forces to take over a year earlier in 2013 and wants U.S. troops to pull out of villages after a U.S. soldier allegedly killed 16 Afghan civilians. (Photo by Pete Souza/White House Photo via Getty Images)  (2012 The White House)

Before two boxers pound each other into bloody meat, they tap their gloves. Football team captains shake hands at the coin toss, just before the players deliberately try to break each other's bones. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney did the presidential campaign version of that this week, and must have enjoyed it about as much.

The president telephoned the GOP's man from Massachusetts on Wednesday and congratulated him for finally snagging enough delegates to officially become the Republican Party's nominee. It was "brief and cordial," according to a Romney campaign spokesman.

That "cordiality" may have shown that the president is, at heart, a gentleman. But it came less than 24 hours after Obama's deputy campaign manager slammed Romney for his "complete lack of moral leadership" and missing "backbone."

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