High Expectations for Obama; Biden Gets a Chief of Staff
By Ben Pershing
With less than 10 weeks to go until Inauguration Day, are expectations for Barack Obama's presidency impossibly high? Yes and no, according to an interesting Quinnipiac Poll released yesterday, which concluded -- almost paradoxically -- that voters think Obama really will make the country better but won't necessarily do all that he promised he'd do during his campaign.
Specifically, 62 percent of respondents thought Obama would be a "great" or "good" president, while only 22 percent thought he'd be "so so" or "bad." Fifty-six percent believe Obama will be able to "restore trust in government," and 70 percent expect the economy to be better by the end of Obama's first term. Respondents also expressed confidence that he would improve the nation's energy independence, give more people health care and make the government "work better." On the other hand, only 34 percent think Obama will be able to enact the tax cuts he has proposed, and they don't really expect him to govern from the center -- 52 percent call the president-elect a "liberal," while just 30 percent say he's "moderate."
Hopefully, the voters are not expecting a transition packed with November news. Obama did release the names of some Review Team officials for a few agencies. No other major personnel announcements so far, though fans of the HBO movie "Recount" will enjoy the news that Joe Biden has tapped Gore veteran Ron Klain to be his chief of staff.
Posted at 8:29 AM ET on Nov 13, 2008
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