April 30, 2009 / 12:59 AM / 10 years ago

Obama: didn't foresee severity of economic crisis

WASHINGTON, April 29 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that when he set out to become U.S. president he didn’t anticipate he would find himself in the midst of the greatest economic crisis in decades.

Asked at a news conference to say what had surprised him about his early days in office, he said: “I am surprised, compared to where I started, when we first announced for this race, by the number of critical issues that appear to be coming to a head all at the same time,” citing several issues including health care.

“Obviously I didn’t anticipate the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression,” he added.

Reporting by Glenn Somerville

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