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Obama fears his white-half might deceive him

White House contender Barack Obama gets jitters that his “white half” might stop short of voting for a black candidate on the election day.

world Updated: Oct 31, 2008 00:20 IST

White House contender Barack Obama gets jitters that his “white half” might stop short of voting for a black candidate on the election day.

Obama, who is vying to become the first black President of the United States, however, is confidant that white voters would not retract in the privacy of the ballot booth.

In an interview to satirical TV host Jon Stewart, on his Daily Show programme on Wednesday, the Democrat was asked if he worried that his “white half” might balk at voting for a black candidate next Tuesday.

“I won’t know what to do. It’s a problem,” Obama, whose father was a black African from Kenya and mother a white American from Kansas, quipped. “I’ve been going through therapy to make sure I vote properly on the (November) 4th,” the Illinois Senator played along.

Obama also dismissed Stewart’s idea of “Bradley Effect” wherein the white voters “when they go to the polls, they’ll tell pollsters they’re going to vote for an African-American but they won’t actually do it”. “They’ve been saying that for a while, but we’re still here. I don’t think white voters have gotten this memo about the Bradley effect,” he said. “We are now counting down every single vote. And the crowds are terrific. And I think we’ve got a good shot at this thing,” Obama said.

Stewart asked him if he ever looked at the country and wondered “when I thought I was going to get this it was a relatively new car. Now look at it”, referring to his two year campaign, Obama replied, “I actually think this is the time to want to be president.”