I think he needs to anticipate what the criticisms from Romney are and have a handful of responses in his back pocket.
Obama said in terms of the pace of withdrawal, he did not anticipate any sudden changes to the plan devised with NATO.
The media has come to anticipate fantastical sets, not to mention generous ticket allocations, at the Louis Vuitton shows.
1530s, "to cause to happen sooner," a back-formation from anticipation, or else from Latin anticipatus, past participle of anticipare "take (care of) ahead of time," literally "taking into possession beforehand," from ante "before" (see ante) + capere "to take" (see capable).
Later "to be aware of (something) coming at a future time" (1640s). Used in the sense of "expect, look forward to" since 1749, but anticipate has an element of "prepare for, forestall" that should prevent its being used as a synonym for expect. Related: Anticipated; anticipating.