A Meeting of the President and President-Elect
By Ben Pershing
The once and future kings, better known as 43 and 44, will meet at the White House this afternoon to talk transition, raising a few key questions: What advice will President Bush give Barack Obama on being leader of the free world in such trying times? Will they discuss the issue most Americans really seem to care about -- the breed of the forthcoming First Puppy? And can "Saturday Night Live" actually parody the meeting in real time, or will the show have to wait five days?
If you slept in Sunday, you may well have missed Rahm Emanuel hitting the morning shows to dole out one of the few tidbits of news that trickled out over the weekend: Obama will focus quickly on implementing the middle-class tax cut plan that seemed to serve him so well during the presidential campaign.
But before you rush out to start spending your forthcoming tax cut, note that we have no idea how quickly Obama actually intends to act on the proposal. In the first month? The first year? Emanuel also suggested that Obama wouldn't necessarily put off a tax increase on the wealthy just because of the economic downturn -- somewhere, Joe the Plumber feels vindicated -- but it's still not clear whether and how Obama will be able to pay for his plan without alienating those pesky budget hawks in his own party.
Posted at 8:14 AM ET on Nov 10, 2008
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