Biden worried over worlds exceedingly high expectations from Obama

December 24th, 2008 - 3:33 pm ICT by ANI  

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Washington, Dec 24 (ANI): US Vice President-elect Joe Biden has expressed his concerns about the exceedingly high expectations the world community has for Barack Obamas presidency.

According to a report in the Politico, the statement was made by Biden in an interview with CNNs Larry King.

I have been contacted by so many world leaders. Their expectation for Baracks presidency is overwhelming, Biden told King. They are so hungry to have an American leader who they think has a policy that reflects our stated values as well as one they can talk to, he added.

In the interview, Biden told King that he and Obama must follow through with action to show how theyre different than George W. Bush.

Biden made clear that Obama must make a clean break with Bushs past polices, starting with shutting down the U.S. camp at Guantanamo Bay.

He said that Greg Craig, Obamas incoming White House counsel, and other members of Obamas team are working on a strategy for closing the camp.

Were in the process of drawing up plans right now, Biden said. Its going to be complicated to do it. Its going to take more than a few months. But close it we must, he added.

Biden also signaled that there might be some flexibility in another key Obama campaign promise that world leaders are watching closely: bringing home troops from Iraq.

According to him, troops would be out within the next two years, longer than President-elect Barack Obamas campaign promise of within 16 months, but in the same ballpark.

He said that Obama would have troops out more quickly than the Bush administrations agreement with the Iraqi government, which calls for troop withdrawal by 2011. (ANI)

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