Washington Post endorses Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Washington Post is endorsing Democrat Barack Obama for president.

In its Friday edition the paper says there are few public figures it has respected more than John McCain, but the choice was made easy in part by McCain's "disappointing campaign" and what it calls "his irresponsible selection of a running mate who is not ready to be president."

The Post says it does have reservations about Obama and his brief experience in national politics but it also has "enormous hopes."

The paper calls Obama "a man of supple intelligence, with a nuanced grasp of complex issues and evident skill at conciliation and consensus-building." The endorsement goes on to say Obama has the potential to become a great president but given the enormous problems he'll confront on his first day in office, it will settle for very good.

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