FROM DC: Upon return, Obama will be the same, and yet different: WH 

Obama: He's feeling distant.          (afp)

President Obama on Saturday will deliver the eulogy in Boston for Ted Kennedy, then heads back the Vineyard for one last round of golf (or whatever) before heading home to D.C. on Sunday.

But -- which version of Obama will resume public duties after this break that appeared neither restful nor restorative?

Will it be: Contemplative, sober Obama? Or assertive, feisty Obama? Religious Obama? Lately we've seen some scoffing, indignant Obama -- riled up over untrumors about abortion and death panels in health care reform. Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton was inscrutable:

"He's going to continue to do a lot of the things that he's done before. He's going to be out there talking to the American people directly about, you know, just how important health care reform is and the sort of reform that he thinks is the best prescription for our country," Burton said.

"So I think that you'll see, after he gets a little time to recharge his batteries, spend some time with his family here and then in Camp David, he's going to come back as rip-roaring as he was before."

Oh.

Obama's back?                                                  (ap)

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