Obama is so confident of victory that he’s already selected the color of the new drapes and upholstery in the Oval Office, and his chief retainers are busy fighting over the best offices in the West Wing. As the New York Times reports: “(Leon) Podesta (head of Obama’s transition team)… has already written a draft Inaugural Address for Mr. Obama.”
Washington Wire describes McCain’s response:
John McCain slammed Barack Obama Saturday for being overconfident about his lead in the polls and predicted election night would feature a Dewey-Truman scenario.
â€œWhat America needs now is someone who will finish the race before starting the victory lap,â€ McCain said to the crowd of several thousand at a rally here. â€œSomeone who will fight to the end, not for himself but for his country.â€
In remarks dripping with sarcasm and disdain, the Republican presidential candidate said brought up a story from the New York Times that said former White House Chief of Staff John Podesta has already penned a copy of Obamaâ€™s inaugural address.
â€œIâ€™m not making it up,â€ McCain said. â€œAn awful lot of voters are still undecided but heâ€™s decided for them that well, why wait, itâ€™s time to move forward with his first inaugural address.â€
Obama spokesman Bill Burton quickly refuted the attack. â€œWhile this charge is completely false and there is no draft of an inaugural address for Senator Obama, the last thing we need is a candidate like John McCain who just plans on re-reading George Bushâ€™s,â€ he said.
But McCain had more zingers, fresh off the pressesâ€”with his own kind of startling confidence: â€œWhen I pull this thing off, I have a request for my opponent, I want him to save that manuscript of his inaugural address and donate it to the Smithsonian so they can put it right next to the Chicago paper that says â€˜ Dewey defeats Trumanâ€™!â€
The reference was to the 1948 presidential race, where Thomas Dewey ran against Harry Truman. The Chicago Daily Tribuneâ€“now known as the Chicago Tribuneâ€“ran a banner headline proclaiming Deweyâ€™s victory. Several hundred copies were printed before the mistake was realized.
But McCain didnâ€™t stop there. â€œThereâ€™s 10 days left in this election, maybe Barack Obama will even have his first state of the union address ready before you head to the polls,â€ McCain quipped. â€œYou know, but I guess Iâ€™m a little old fashioned about these things. Iâ€™d prefer to let the voters weigh in before presuming the outcome.â€