Barack Obama began to speak openly and in detail about the post-election transition period from George Bush’s presidency for the first time yesterday, opening himself up to charges of complacency.
As most polls showed the Democratic candidate’s lead over his Republican rival John McCain still growing, Obama held a meeting in Richmond, Virginia, to discuss with senior national security advisers the foreign policy challenges he would face as president. Bucking the trend, one poll, conducted by Associated Press, showed McCain cutting back Obama’s 7% lead three weeks ago to 1%, on 44% to 43%.
Obama’s comments mark a significant change in the campaign, switching from rhetoric to a more presidential tone.
Although Obama added the caveat that “I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself,” his comments reflected a sense of confidence that his campaign team is finding it hard to hide. At a press conference after the national security meeting, he said that although he had been almost single-mindedly focused on the economy, he had plans ready for Iraq, Afghanistan and other foreign policy problems.
He spoke about having teams in place to deal with foreign and economic policy during the awkward transitional period between November 4 and the inauguration on January 20.
Interviewed yesterday, Obama said a smooth transition was essential to make sure America’s enemies did not take advantage of a shift in administrations.
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