Barack Obama came out swinging as the campaign for the presidency began by creating a new unit in his staff that will focus on confronting the smears that now fill the media about his background or those concerning his wife’s statements in February that “for the first time in my adult life I am proud of my country.” The media is rife with false statements that Obama is a Muslim who is fostering the ideas of terrorist leaders. Obama is now engaged in a three week swing through states that might be decisive in the November election. He will emphasize issues such as loss of jobs, high fuel costs and housing issues.
The latest Gallup poll shows Obama beating McCain by 46% to 44% while a CBS poll places his margin as being 48% to 42%. Barack Obama intends to avoid the John Kerry mistake of allowing his opponent to swift boat his record and personal beliefs.