Friday, November 07, 2008

Obama gives first press conference

In his first address since being elected as President of the United States, Barack Obama talked about the major issues facing both his country and the rest of the world. He said he wanted to tackle the economic crisis “head on” but although he was making plans he said he didn’t want to conflict with the current administration. “I am not the President and I won’t be until January 20th” he told reporters. But he called on help from economic experts. The US economy was in “bad shape” he said, “and people need help”. Obama said he understood the scale of the problem and said, “We cannot under estimate the enormity of the task that lies ahead” but added “America is resilient".

He named Rahm Emanuel as his Chief of Staff and said he would announce other members of his team in due course.

Asked a question about Iran he upheld the current policy and said Iran’s developing of nuclear weapons was “unacceptable”.

He was also asked about what type of dog he might pick for his daughters. He described it as a “major issue”. Obama said he would like to get a shelter dog but given one of his daughters was allergic, he said he had to balance the need of a “hypoallergenic dog” with other criteria.

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