Obama Looks Ahead
By Ben Pershing
8 a.m. ET: The countdown to Barack Obama's Inauguration, once measured in months and then days, is now down to hours, and soon the schedule will take over. Metrorail opens at 4 a.m., Obama's speech starts at 12:05 p.m., attendees of the official balls will begin complaining about them at 8:01 p.m., and so on.
Already looking ahead, the media is full of advice for what Obama should do and how he should comport himself in his first day or week as president. His Wednesday calendar certainly looks full, as he will follow up a morning prayer service with meetings on Iraq, Afghanistan and the economy -- all while Michelle Obama hosts an "Open House" at their new digs. Obama also plans in his first week to issue an order closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, and he will begin discussions on "an orderly and responsible withdrawal from Iraq," according to David Axelrod.
Above all, Obama will plug away on the economic stimulus package. Some obstacles remain to immediate passage of the measure, including the fact that Obama and many fellow Democrats, particularly Nancy Pelosi, still disagree on the proper ratio of spending increases to tax cuts in the package. But complicated as it might be, the stimulus also offers Obama a unique opportunity to fulfill a host of campaign promises, from taxes to energy, within days of taking office.
Posted at 8:02 AM ET on Jan 19, 2009
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