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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.

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By Paul Volpe  |  January 19, 2009; 8:02 AM ET
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Look, people, I've never said that we wouldn't have a new President tomorrow. Unfortunately, Barack Hussein Obama has not seen fit to release his LONG FORM birth certificate to prove that he is qualified under the Constitution. Legally, if Obama is not a "natural born" citizen, then Joseph Robinette Biden is Acting President as of 12 noon.

Posted by: JakeD | January 19, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse


Barack HUSSEIN Obama, Jr. (assuming that Sr. is even his real father) will NOT be legally sworn in tomorrow. I am not aware of any vast right wing conspiracy to prevent it though.

Posted by: JakeD | January 19, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse


Barack Obama is the greatest liar in history (no wonder he is an excellent lawyer!) During his campaign, he told lots of hope in future for America if he was elected, but now he warns Americans of oncoming darker economy and not to put too much hope in his promises. He promises a big plan to reduce budget deficit but his inauguration ceremony this January will be the most costly in history (50 millions) while the nation is in deep depression, as well as his presidential campaign (600 millions), which was far more than his opponent John McCain's. He swears to clean up Washington DC, but he failed to first clean up his homestate Illinois, one of the most corrupt state with the scandal of Governor Rod Blagojevich, who greatly helped Obama to win his state senate seat in 1996, 1998, and 2002. And his favorite slogan is "Yes, we CAN", yet he himself CANNOT quit smoking at all !!!

Posted by: TIMNGUYEN1 | January 19, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse


Of WHAT should we be "very afraid?" You know something we don't? Is there some vast conspiracy afoot to prevent the inauguration of our new President tomorrow? Or are you just another loony rightwinger who thinks Mr. Obama shouldn't be sworn in? I'm inclined to believe the latter. Rave on, if you like. It will make no difference to anyone in the real world.

Posted by: sailorashore | January 19, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse


Be afraid. Be very afraid!

Posted by: JakeD | January 19, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse


We're taking bets as to the exact hour, sometime today or possibly tomorrow morning, that George. W. Bush's 11th hour presidential pardons will become publicly known.

Will he issue a blanket pardon that covers himself, Cheney, and the entire "war on terror" army?

Will his pardons steal the thunder from Obama's swearing in...

...or will the media become a willing accomplice in a calculated effort to slip the pardons by quietly, without fanfare, in the midst of "Obamamania"?

Some of us are pondering another disquieting possibility on this last full day of the Bush administration: whether George W. Bush's repeated warnings about a transition-timed terrorist attack could come to pass...

... and exactly what Bush meant by that comment at his final press conference that some people may "write off" his warnings by saying, in Bush's words, "you know, he's trying to set something up."

And what's with that announcement this morning from White House Press Secretary Dana Perino that Bush has named Defense Secretary Robert Gates as "designated successor" in the event of a national emergency?

Do you EVER recall such an announcement before any other inauguration in American history? I don't...


And, in a related matter...


• Extrajudicial targeting and punishment allows a calculated bypass of the judicial system -- paving the way for myriad abuses.

NOTE: An attempt to post this commentary here earlier this morning failed, and was met with a message that the post was "being held for the blog owner." I believe this message was NOT generated by The Washington Post, but by a third-party censor with an ideological agenda.

Here is a link to another article that SOMEONE does not want YOU to read:

OR (if link is disabled):

Posted by: scrivener50 | January 19, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

How will the Republicans react to what has become a massive show of Obama's exploding political capital? It's not just on the Mall; all of the polls have favorability towards Obama or optimism for the next four years at 80%.

The GOP will have to make a choice: Do they pleas the conservative base and the sudden gloomy pessimists of Fox News, or do they ride the wave and try to work with the new administration?

Posted by: parkerfl1 | January 19, 2009 8:32 AM | Report abuse

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