By Yael T. Abouhalkah, Kansas City Star Editorial Page columnist

After John McCain‘s bold decision to suspend his campaign, he has stunningly erased a three-point lead and now is tied with Barack Obama at 46-46 in Thursday’s Gallup Poll.

The poll included interviews taken on Wednesday — when McCain said he would fly to Washington to work on the bailout bill, suspend his presidential quest and possibly not appear at Friday’s scheduled debate.

Those were bold decisions, and maybe Americans appreciated them.

On the other hand, the Gallup pollsters point out that McCain has been gaining on Obama for days. And interviews on Wednesday did not show any dramatic shift to McCain simply because of his campaign-related decisions.

All in all, this has been a great week for McCain in the polls. He has gained on Obama every day, despite the fact that Americans supposedly see Obama as being a better leader when it comes to the nation’s economic problems.

Obama is not appearing presidential to enough Americans in this time of financial crisis.