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October 31, 2008

Obama Starts Managing Expectations

Actually I think Biden already started this for him with his "mark my words" gaffe. TOL reports Obama's senior advisors drawing up plans to lower expectations for his administration should he win.

One senior adviser told The Times that the first few weeks of the transition, immediately after the election, were critical, “so there’s not a vast mood swing from exhilaration and euphoria to despair”.

The aide said that Mr Obama himself was the first to realise that expectations risked being inflated.


Facing possible gains in the House, a filibuster-proof Senate, and a Presidential victory on a sweeping tide of Hope and Change, Barack is now course correcting to "Maybe, We'll See".

Asked about his goals for the first hundred days, he said he would need more time to tackle such big and costly issues as health care reform, global warming and Iraq. “The first hundred days is going to be important, but it’s probably going to be the first thousand days that makes the difference,” he said. He has also been reminding crowds in recent days how “hard” it will be to achieve his goals, and that it will take time.

I've seen this dynamic in action, usually upon the signing of a contract for deliverables.

Of course, by then it's too late.

tip from commenter PISSED in the headline thread, although for the life of me I can't tell what he/she's upset about.

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