Just two weeks after his historic election, US president-elect Barack Obama yesterday confirmed he would have Republicans in his administration and admitted there were times when he did not know where to begin in trying to deal with the enormous challenges awaiting him in the White House.
In his first interview since the election, Obama acknowledged the daunting nature of assuming office at a time of war and global economic crisis.
“The challenges that we are confronting are enormous and they are multiple. And so there are times during the course of a given day where you think: ‘Where do I start in terms of moving – moving things forward?’,” the president-elect told CBS television’s 60 Minutes programme.
He said conversations with past presidents had persuaded him there was a “certain loneliness” to being in the White House.