Obama calls for unity in first radio address

November 8th, 2008 - 7:21 pm ICT by IANS  

Barack ObamaWashington, Nov 8 (DPA) In his first radio address as president-elect, Barack Obama Saturday called for unity among the American people as they seek solutions to the ongoing economic crisis.He praised voters of all parties for exercising their right to vote in Tuesday’s elections, in which he beat Republican John McCain, and said he would work with President George W. Bush in a transition of power.

“This speaks to a fundamental recognition that here in America we can compete vigorously in elections and challenge each other’s ideas, yet come together in service of a common purpose once the voting is done,” he said. “And that is particularly important at a moment when we face the most serious challenges of our lifetime.”

Speaking in the weekly Democratic radio address, Obama said that although Bush remains in charge of economic policies he is working to put in place a team that is ready to address the issues immediately after he takes office in January. Obama met his economic advisers Friday.

The US president holds a brief Saturday morning radio address each week and a representative of the opposing political party issues a radio response.

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