Maybe he was foreshadowing things to come. Maybe he truly hadn't decided whether he wanted to continue to run. Or maybe he's a good actor.
If San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom knew earlier in the week that he would be dropping his bid to be elected governor of California, he never let on.
ABC News spent the entire day last Monday with Mayor Newsom from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., a day that included a staff meeting, a visit to the projects, a press conference on the H1N1 vaccine and a quick stop at home to see his newborn baby, before running to a campaign event and lingering to answer every question.
During the entire day, Newsom spoke repeatedly about his desire to be governor, however long the odds.
"We need to do more," Newsom conceded but said he thought he could eventually raise enough money to stay competitive.
"The history of primaries is very fluid. It doesn't bother me at all," he said in an interview Monday. "We'll catch up."
Four days later, late Friday, he announced he would throw in the towel.