Obama keeps observers guessing on Middle East

Barack Obama and the people closest to him have repeated one phrase like a mantra since his election last November: ‘‘There is only one president at a time.”

3rd January, 2009

Barack Obama and the people closest to him have repeated one phrase like a mantra since his election last November: ‘‘There is only one president at a time.”

The saying has been used to bat back the media’s questions about everything from the economy to the situation in Iraq. The intention has been to avoid appearing presumptuous or cutting across the authority of the current president during George W Bush’s final weeks...

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