WASHINGTON – Barack Obama reminisces about taking a wrong turn and getting lost, about fumbling to fold up a map and about dashing to Kinko's to copy campaign fliers.
The president's re-election campaign is sounding like a nostalgia tour.
His speeches stroll through elections past, serving up fond memories of running as a political unknown. He also reminds voters that, win or lose, this will be his last campaign after 13 appearances on the ballot since 1996.
These are not the casual ad-libs of a candidate suddenly turning wistful. Rather, it's a rhetorical device designed to transport Obama back to the days when he was the kind of ordinary guy voters felt they could relate to, long before he rode in limousines and flew Air Force One.