The person who broke the ice was Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), whose endorsement of Obama played a key role in an earlier awkward Clinton-Obama encounter in the Capitol. Yesterday, after Clinton won handily in Kennedy's home state, he approached her while she was talking to Sen. Dianne Feinstein
(D-Calif.), a prominent Clinton backer.
Kennedy cut in and made jokes at his own expense, prompting Obama to join in on the fun. Kennedy noted before a group of senators that Clinton's New York Giants had just stunned his New England Patriots in the Super Bowl, as well. "It's not been a good month for Ted in terms of contests," said Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), an Obama supporter.
What a difference nine days makes.