Obama plans to disappoint

The London Times reports:

Barack Obama’s senior advisers have drawn up plans to lower expectations for his presidency if he wins next week’s election, amid concerns that many of his euphoric supporters are harbouring unrealistic hopes of what he can achieve.

The sudden financial crisis and the prospect of a deep and painful recession have increased the urgency inside the Obama team to bring people down to earth, after a campaign in which his soaring rhetoric and promises of “hope” and “change” are now confronted with the reality of a stricken economy.

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”.

Unrealistic expectations? Where could those have come from?

Note that the expectation-lowering is scheduled for immediately after the election. The Times suggests that Obama may already be starting to lower expectations, but I see just the opposite, an ever-growing list of crazy promises.

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