It has been hard to tell it for the last few weeks, but in his opening statement in tonight's Democratic presidential debate on CNN, Sen. Barack Obama said he and his rival, Sen. Hillary Clinton, are friends, have been friends, and will be friends when the race is over.
Obama also complimented former Sen. John Edwards, who dropped out of the race Wednesday.
Hillary Clinton hit the same notes saying that she believed the audience was looking at the next president and that "either Barack or I" will raise his or her hand to take the oath of office.
She also thanked John and Elizabeth Edwards.
The return of opening statements to a debate, rather than opening with some journalist trying to trap a politician on something rather than the issues, is a welcome approach.