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Obama to Hold News Conference Friday

Updated 4:25 p.m.
By Shailagh Murray
CHICAGO -- Barack Obama will make his debut as president-elect at a news conference tomorrow.

The event is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Eastern time, and will follow a meeting between Obama and Vice President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. and their economic advisers, including billionaire investor Warren Buffett, Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, former Time Warner CEO Richard Parsons, former Clinton treasury secretaries Robert Rubin and Lawrence Summers, and former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker.

On Monday, Obama will travel to Washington for his first White House session with President Bush. His wife, Michelle, will come along to meet with first lady Laura Bush.

"Michelle and I look forward to meeting with President Bush and the First Lady on Monday to begin the process of a smooth, effective transition," Obama said in a statement. "I thank him for reaching out in the spirit of bipartisanship that will be required to meet the many challenges we face as a nation."

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what I find so very telling is that this "transfer of power" is going on with great speed.

It reminds me of a situation where you know the person in charge is a "lame duck" and you just end up taking over without their involvement. It appears that that is what's being done in Washington these days.

I say this, despite the idea that there are at least two more months of the official Bush Reign. Bush seems to be more ineffectual now than at any other point of his term, and is tacetly rolling over and letting the Democrats take full control of US government NOW.

I find this, while a bit out of step with protocall, a refreshing dive into the future with hope, not fear, by the Democratic Executive Branch of Govt.

Fear mongers Made a lot of (unintentional)impact on the people of the USA, and it's changed the American landscape quite a bit.

I see hope in the idea of washing away self-made, US-manufactured fear, the type that makes fearful people "okay" with waging a costly, deadly war.

Let's get beyond that fear, please. I know it to be true that the leadership of the USA made us artificially fearful in order to sell a war in Iraq.

And I'm grateful that it's nearly all over with that fearmongering.

It's hope mongering.

Posted by: pgibson1 | November 7, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

I am just thankful Obama won. I don't think the country could have endured more same-old-same-old. Now, I wonder if I will benefit from any of Obama's policy changes. I don't see myself as a beneficiary of governnment largess. I don't own a house, I don't have children, and I'm not a minority, so good luck and godspeed. Universal healthcare anybody? I haven't seen a doctor in three years. Employment? I keep applying and lowering my expectations. Perhaps I haven't whined enough? Perhaps I'm the victim of a system that believes people are disposable? Perhaps white women are supposed to be protected by white men? Who knows?

Posted by: mclovin | November 7, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse


Ensuring the civil liberties of all Americans, weeding out prejudice, and reversing policies and practices that violate the U.S. Constitution must be a top priority of the new administration.

The free ride for the forces of hate and extremism, hiding behind bureaucratic programs originally constructed to "keep America safe," must come to a quick end.

One of the first executive orders of the new administration should be sensitivity training for all federal personnel, and a mandatory refresher course on the meaning of the U.S. Constitution.

All federal departments should be screened for policies and ongoing operations that are violating the constitutionally guaranteed civil rights and liberties of American citizens.

All laws and executive orders implemented over the past eight years should be subject to immediate review to determine whether their provisions comport with spirit and letter of the Constitution.

Also, it might be a good idea on Day One for the Obama administration to commission an independent, trusted entity to sweep all government offices, as well as private residences of key officials, for electronic surveillance devices.

BUT WILL THE ELECTION EVEN MATTER? Not as long as government-supported extrajudicial "vigilante injustice" squads are "gang stalking" American citizens, making a mockery of the rule of law:


Posted by: scrivener50 | November 6, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

I hope Obama sets expectation reasonably. The prospects for peace and prosperity are good enough, especially over the longer haul.

Business has its cycles, and while there are things that an administration can do, this country needs entrepreneurs to ignite job growth by creating new industries. Clinton had the good luck of presiding during the PC and internet boom. Bush II had us in a war economy. What will Obama's economy be characterized by? Green jobs, alone, probably won't do it.

And while business has its cycles, war (or peace) is always at least one person's choice. Obama can set the tone and the let m.e. players know that we are all in this thing together and that we will not tolerate irrational actors ruthlessly pursuing their narrow endgame interests at the expense of the world, and peace now. The preconditions may not exist for peace in the middle east- and those politicians, and their supporters, should be exposed for endangering us all.

Might be a bit much for the first press conference, but a high level abstraction of that view might put some people on notice that the american people simply will not tolerate a situation that allows terrorism to grow.

Posted by: jrob822 | November 6, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

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