President gets re-election bid off to early start
Barack Obama is already preparing his bid to win another four years in the White House just one year and three months since he was elected.
The president has held discussions with his closest advisers about leaders and senior staffers for his re-election campaign for November 6, 2012.
"The conversations are beginning, but decisions haven't been made," a top official told website Politico.com
News of the preparations won't go down well with Republicans, coming at a time when the president is trying to convince Washington to switch off from election mode, even though there are mid-term elections in eight months, and behave like bipartisan grown-ups on health care and other issues.
The White House, however, is convinced Republican hopefuls for the nomination will begin their campaigns earlier than ever.
The Republican primaries will not be held until early 2012, but serious candidates must have firm plans in place by the end of 2010.
Democratic researchers have already begun assembling files on likely opponents and developing "unflattering narratives" about them.
The campaign is likely to be led by Jim Messina, the deputy manager of Mr Obama's first campaign and now deputy chief of staff in the White House. (© Daily Telegraph, London)