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Obama's First Press Conference: Mission Accomplished?


President-elect Barack Obama speaks with reporters as Vice President-elect Joe Biden and members of his Transition Economic Advisory Board look on during Obama's news conference since being elected president. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

By Chris Cillizza
Barack Obama used his first press conference since winning the presidential election earlier this week to sound a reassuring note on the economy even while acknowledging that he has limited tools at his disposal to turn things around before he formally takes office in January.

"I do not underestimate the enormity of the task that lies ahead," Obama said during his prepared remarks that reinforced the somber certitude toward the economy he adopted over the course of the fall campaign.

Later, however, in response to a question from AP's Nedra Pickler, Obama insisted that in his first 100 days he could do "an enormous amount to restore confidence" on the economy.

The visuals of the event (as they had during the long campaign season) were designed to reinforce the message being sent by Obama during his prepared remarks. He was flanked by his economic transition team -- a diverse group that includes Google CEO Eric Schmidt as well as Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Robert Reich, the Secretary of Labor during the Clinton Administration. Directly to Obama's right stood Vice President-elect Joe Biden while to his left was newly announced chief of staff Rahm Emanuel.

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By Web Politics Editor  |  November 7, 2008; 4:28 PM ET
Categories:  Barack Obama , Economy , Transition  
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Comments

Give the person a chance for gods sake. I feel as an outsider he well bring change, and faster than you bastards can imagine. So, sorry for the swear, but I am hoping so much for all Americans. With love to our kin, from Canada.

Posted by: justada56 | November 9, 2008 11:02 PM | Report abuse

LOL! :-D

Joe Biden looks like Barack told Him to "Zip-It!"

Posted by: SAINT---The | November 8, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

GAY IS THE NEW BLACK

Could you imagine a GAY President?

Inconceivable?

40 Years ago, people felt the same way about Blacks.

Looks like the conservatives have a new minority to whip.

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | November 7, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Stock Markets Like stability. Obama is smart, solid as a rock, and very stable.

Barack Obama is good for business.

Posted by: svreader | November 7, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

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